The Energetics of Happiness

The idea of the “energetics of happiness”, has been lingering in my head for a while now. In essence, it refers to the idea that we should be focused, as often as we can, on the feeling or vibration of happiness.

The Feeling or Vibration of Happiness

This feeling can also be referred to as “being in the flow”, but perhaps not in the same way that athletes experience it when they are delivering peak performances. It is a somewhat more tender feeling that grows stronger in my heart-space, almost like water flowing gently through a hosepipe with no knots and tangles in it. This feeling, or vibration, is related to happiness, contentment and overall joy and is unmistakable. While I don’t think it’s realistic to always be in this state considering the challenges of daily life, we can certainly do our part to encourage the feeling, and usher in the vibration as often as possible.

When We Disconnect From The Feeling

Just like the feeling itself is unmistakable, when we disconnect from the feeling, it’s evident right away. This happens through our own thoughts (who else is working on their self talk this year?), lingering on our fear and worries, or even just from general interactions with people. Introverts will understand the challenge of navigating unknown social settings and how it can be somewhat of an energy sap! All of these areas can contribute to us disconnecting from the “feeling”. To me, it feels a little bit like my hosepipe is getting pinched, and the flow suddenly starts to trickle a little less prominently than it did before.

Getting Back To The Right Vibration When This Happens

Navigating through the disconnect can be hard. Especially so in the middle of a global pandemic. It can even get to a point where you feel like the flow of water is running close to going completely dry. The first step towards navigating this is to acknowledge that you’re dipping a little bit. Remind yourself that it is temporary (it will end eventually!), and that you have the tools to turn things around. Next, turn one or more of the self care activities you enjoy. This can be as simple as lighting an incense stick around the house, brushing your hair, going for a walk in nature, or attending a yoga class. The more soothing, the better. Once you’ve done this, a good night’s rest will help you to feel better. Cut back on any distractions (like social media, or e-mails in bed!) and don’t make any big decisions while you’re in this space. Tomorrow is another day, and the momentum will start to shift.

Tapping Into The Feeling and Staying There

To tap into the feeling or “being in the flow” more regularly, it helps to prioritise self care activities alongside having a mindfulness practice of your own. Taking a few minutes in the morning to write down a handful of things you are grateful for, or meditating for 10 minutes when you start the day can make a world of difference. My best meditation for starting my day in the flow is a 10 minute Esther Hicks one that you can give a go and see if it works for you as well. A regular yoga class can also do wonders. Follow the activities that spark joy for you, help to fill your cup (or detangle the hosepipe!), and strengthen your connection with the energetics of happiness. Adding some extra tools to your arsenal is never a bad idea. If you feel like you need an extra nudge, consider holistic health coaching, or even therapy, both of which are useful tools used by millions of people around the world each day.

At the end of the day, this is your personal pathway to joy, and tapping into the feeling and staying in the flow will largely be up to the way you construct your life on a day-to-day basis. Checking in with yourself regularly about how you’re feeling, the things you enjoy, and the things you don’t, is a great way to slowly build some momentum. From there, you’ll keep learning more, and soon enough the flow state will become second nature in your life. You’ll also be able to navigate the “drier spells” with a little more resilience. At the end of the day, that’s all that we can ask for, really.