So many of us carry around the weight of others and we don’t even realize it. We may wake up feeling great and then notice that our mood quickly shifts once we walk into our office or the grocery store. It may even shift from something we see on line or from the news.

Until we learn to approach this with conscious awareness, we can feel burdened or overwhelmed. But, it’s possible to shift this experience and to come to an understanding around how to hold our own energy without taking on the energy of others as well.

Working with this simple exercise can help you to begin understanding your energetic and physical bodies more fully so that you can begin to discern: Is this mine? Or did I pick it up from someone else?

Creating some body awareness on a daily basis is the key to this exercise.

Take a few minutes in the morning to tune-in. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths from your belly. Allow your energy to settle in your physical frame. Take a few moments to scan your body and just notice it. Is there anything going on with you physically? Try to stay away from judgment; if you feel it, notice it as well and then release it.

Next tune into your heart. How does it feel? Are you anxious? Do you feel fear? Are you dreading anything? Or maybe you feel happy or excited about your life, your day. This exercise is for creating awareness so you don’t have to do anything about any of it if you don’t want to (though with practice, you just may want to! It will start to feel more manageable). Take stock of your mood and any subtleties of it that you notice.

Finally, tune into your aura ~ the energy field that surrounds your physical body. Does it feel light, heavy, dark, sticky, energized or bright? Take a little tour through it as it may feel different in different areas of your field.

You can take a moment here to send back the energy of anyone besides you that is in your field. Just set the intention that it find its rightful owner and envision it traveling away from you to wherever it came from. Next, call back any energy of yours that has taken residence elsewhere. Feel yourself as complete and whole.

This whole process can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes, depending on you and what is going on. Also, you will get more adept at it with time.

The important thing is that now you are aware of your set point, so to speak. While you are out living your way through your day, stop when you notice shifts in your emotions or energy. Ask yourself: Is this mine? If it’s not, send it back to its rightful owner (note: this could be a person or a place). And if it is, allow yourself some curiosity around it and then ask yourself what you can do to give yourself whatever support feels best.

xoxo!