Abstract:  Thoughts, exercises and benefits for allowing our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy to be in movement. The difference between feeling stagnant and stuck and being open, free and alive.

Have you ever been struggling inside, and someone says, “Oh, just snap out of it! Stop thinking all that negative stuff and be positive!” Sounds like a great idea, right? But for many of us it is not that easy. Thoughts and feelings are an integral part of us. They sometimes get all wrapped up inside and drain our power to make the changes we want.

No matter how many positive thoughts we conjure up, when our energy is not moving freely, stagnant energy lingers in the background. People often call it "being stuck” for a reason. Without our energy in motion, the miserable thoughts and feelings we wish would go away, keep popping up over and over again. Yep, the same old thoughts and emotions keep circling round and round again!

People often say, “It’s hard to let go” when actually letting go is the easiest thing we ever do. It takes a tremendous amount of energy and personal power to hold ourselves back. Letting go is our natural ability to free up our power to do the things we love.

Moving our energy opens space for the release of depression, repression and the struggle we feel. A good example is when we constrict the muscles around our lungs and heart. We literally suffocate ourselves with shallow breathing and compression of our blood flow. This stresses our bodies and makes us feel uneasy, dis-easy. Dis-ease is an early warning sign of what we commonly call “disease".

Try this exercise as way to better understand….

  • Hold your arm out in front of you.
  • Squeeze your fist as tight as you can.
  • Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze tighter and tighter…and do not let it go!
  • Keep holding it as tight as you can. Squeeze, squeeze... tighter and tighter. Do not let it go!  
  • Notice any discomfort you feel in your fist, arm and the rest of your body.
  • How is your breathing? How relaxed does the rest of your body feel? How relational do you feel? How free do you feel? How is your thinking? How present are you with the rest of what is going on around you? How narrow is your focus of attention?
  • Keep holding it tight and think about what it means to be “uptight”.
  • Then slowly start letting it go…slowly uncurl your fist.
  • Notice if your hand is feeling any resistance to letting go? Is there any discomfort in letting it go?
  • And when you’re ready...
  • Notice how good it feels to let go and shake it out.

Dancing, shaking, vibrating and expressing ourselves makes it easier to let go. It allows our thoughts, feelings and behaviors to be flexible and move more freely. Motion also supports in shifting our continuity while going through withdrawal from the habit of holding back.

When we keep our energy in motion many of the following benefits are…

  • Experiencing a sense of well being where thinking positively comes naturally. 
  • Allowing the space for old beliefs and stories about ourselves to dissolve, resolve and evolve more readily.  
  • Circulation of our blood and release of our muscles allowing us to experience the joy of being alive.
  • Allowing our emotions to express, feel happy, inspired and ready to take the next steps in our lives.
  • Freedom, power and the ease of being in alignment with ourselves and all that is.
  • Experiencing what it means to be in the flow of life.
  • Space for envisioning and bringing forth the bodily felt sense of how we want our lives and our world to be.

Now try this exercise as a whole body experience…

  • Take a deep breath in and hold it as long as you can.
  • Hold it...hold it...hold it...and do not let  go!
  • Now tighten your whole body.
  • Wrap your arms around yourself and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze!
  • Keep holding, squeezing and noticing.
  • How happy do you feel? How clear your thinking? How friendly do you feel? How powerful do you feel? How present are you? 
  • Notice that you ha literally have tightened up. Uptight, right?
  • Now relax, let go, take a few deep breaths and shake it out! 
  • Feel the relief of oxygen flowing through your veins, filling you up with what you need to be fully alive!

To the power of energy in motion,

Crystal Presence

About the Author

Crystal’s career began as a registered nurse and midwife. Her passion soon became discovering how she could be part of ending suffering in the world. It was then that her 5 day transformational event called "Freedom at the Core" was born. For the past 35 years, Crystal has been creating a safe, fun and nurturing space for people to discover what stands between their suffering and the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual freedom that they want.




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Comment by Crystal Presence on March 21, 2017 at 1:28pm
Oops, I'll add it right away! Thanks!
Comment by Lisa Shaw on March 21, 2017 at 7:27am

Hi, Crystal. Thanks for this submission. I'm going to forward it to the publishers, but we need a brief abstract in the beginning and your bio at the end.  :-)

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