As I’m writing a response to this question today, I am feeling tired. I’m not entirely sure whether I’ve taxed my body with what I’m currently healing or the planetary alignment is tugging on my energy. Fortunately, I’m feeling emotionally stable, though many years ago, emotional upheaval was the greatest pull on my energy.

Like all of us, I have my days when my energy is low. I used to fight and resist it, which as you can imagine, only made me feel worse. I used to think that this state of being was something I needed to fix, because like many of us, I grew up being taught that it was not good to be idle. So I know I can push myself when it might be better to be still.

I used to grab a cup of coffee or something sweet to boost my energy. Now I know there is a more effective response.

What have I learned to do? I’ve learned to surrender to what is happening in my body and emotions right now. Instead of worrying or thinking about what I should be doing, I stop and notice what is going on in the moment.

This is not a surrender to a hopeless situation. This is about surrendering my resistance to what is actually happening. If I am tired or drained of energy, denying it doesn’t change anything.

By surrendering, I create a space in which I am attending to the truth of how I am in this moment. With just a few minutes or seconds of compassionate attentiveness, I can feel my energy shift. Here is a meditation for stimulating self-compassion:

There is nothing wrong with needing to be still. In fact, it can be exactly right. The expression of life emerges from the stillness, so returning to stillness and quiet may be exactly what you need to reset your energy.

When you have quieted down inside it is possible to receive insights about what is causing the energy drain, and become aware of the changes you need to make physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually to stop draining energy. You may find you need to change a belief, habit or behavior that is causing you to lose energy.

Once you stop the draining, you will naturally begin feeling more energized. Then, if you open to your self-love and compassion, you will feel an impulse to express your life with exuberance and passion. Allow yourself to feel inspired to make the changes you know you need to make in order to take care of yourself with greater passion and regard than you have ever cared for yourself before.

Consider getting out in nature for as much time as possible. Mother Earth naturally relaxes and energizes you at the same time. Creative expression and meditation can produce those same seemingly opposed qualities of being tranquil and energized. This is a heightened state of consciousness that many of us are craving when we say we want to feel more energy.

What we may not realize or remember is that this heightened awareness and zeal for life can also be experienced with an underlying sense of calm and peace that is ultimately far more healthy for us than pure adrenaline rush.

So before you pick up another cup of coffee or grab something sweet to try to boost your energy, consider doing exactly the opposite. Grab a couple of moments of silence. Be still and be present to how you are feeling. Hold that feeling in your compassion until you feel your life force surging again.

Author's Bio: 

Misa Hopkins is the author of the best-selling book, “The Root of All Healing: 7 Steps to Healing Anything,” named the first-aid handbook for the new 21st Century consciousness. Hopkins is an astute observer of human motivation and potential. Her observations about the healing progress of her clients and her own miraculous healings led her to ground-breaking conclusions about why people remain ill. In her writing and workshops, she provides insights about breaking through barriers to wellness. You can ready more of her work a