Have you ever felt like you are having a total sensory overload? We certainly did this week.It happened on our way through Spitalfields, in the East End of London on a beautiful blue sky October morning whilst heading to the MadWorld: Mental Health/Workplace Wellbeing Summit. There were people everywhere, ambling, hurrying, running. Snippets of conversation permeated the air, people with coffee in hand, food on the go, probably purchased from the Old Spitalfields market, joggers dodging the crowds, cyclists weaving through taxis and buses. Noise, hum, buzz, this was London, vibrant and radiating as any Capital city does everyday. Here we were, immersed in an unescapable sea of people going about their daily business, all unwittingly soaking up London life and all of its intoxicating atmosphere.
“Soaking up the atmosphere”, a common expression, often used to describe how we experience, take in or absorb the vibe of a place or an area. Have you ever wondered what we are really “soaking up” In a positive context we can mean good vibrations, happy thoughts and feelings, however on the flip side we are also “soaking up” or absorbing the stress, congestion and negative energies radiating from people all around us. This is happening without us realising it and is one of the reasons why at the end of the day we can feel fatigued and drained. It’s a bit like taking a tissue and dipping it in red dye, the tissue becomes saturated by the dye. Our energy system is no different, except it’s not absorbing dye instead it’s absorbing stress energy.
Understanding that we have an energy system that constantly gets congested and learning techniques to help clean it up can lead us to a healthier, happier, calmer more focused, energised way of living. We clean away grime and dirt from our physical bodies without a second thought but it’s just as important to keep our energy system clean. By increasing our knowledge of the impact of stress energy on our health and how we absorb it we will be able to make changes and begin to transform how we feel and how we ultimately enjoy and experience city life.
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