Updated: Dec 3, 2020
The Four Energetic Bodies
The holidays can be a wonderful and exciting time for some, and a stressful time for others. However you're feeling this holiday season, you can be sure that the holidays will affect your energetic bodies. The for energetic bodies are-
To help you keep balanced this year, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks to keep you steady in your “Tree Pose” when all you can think about is your in-laws coming into town!
The Physical Body
The Physical Body when looked at through the Panchamaya Kosha System encompasses all of the other energetic bodies. Which means that commonly, we will feel the affects of our energetic drainage manifest there first. You can take care of yourself this holiday season by nourishing the needs of your physical body. We can do this through the fitness process of “Release and Reward”. Release any built up energy or energetic holds in the body through physical exercise or Yoga Asana practice. It’s incredibly important that we make time for our favorite activities in our busy holiday schedules. Afterwards, we rest and reward the body for all of the hard work it did for us during our activity or Asana practice. This can mean treating yourself to your favorite go-to relaxation pastime, whether that be a bubble bath, cuddling up with a good book or your favorite holiday treat.
The Mental Body
The Mental Body when looked at through the Panchamaya Kosha System encompasses all that is our mental awareness, both conscious and unconscious. Mental imbalance may feel like- frustration, anxiety, hurriedness and an overall sense of disconnection to the senses. We can soothe and balance our mental body through the practice of meditation. Meditation allows the mental body to slow down, and release the conscious grip of awareness that is persistent throughout our waking hours. Here is a great beginners meditation routine to get you started!
Sit comfortably on the floor or in a chair in a room that's dimly lit
Light your favorite candle (which when lit you can see the flame)
With a relaxed body, concentrate on the flame for a few minutes (try to estimate this time without checking your device or setting a timer)
Continue to breathe and you keep all of your awareness, energy and attention on the flame
Once your estimated time is up, rub the palms of the hands together until warm, then place over the eyes
Breath deeply for 5-10 breaths
Repeat as necessary until your metal body feels calm and rested
**A FEW TIPS**
Practice candle gazing in the morning or before bed for best results
Allow the eyes to lose focus and try to keep from blinking
If you like aromatherapy, you may try a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball placed next to your meditation area ( or use a diffuser)!
The Intellectual Body
Within the Intellectual Body sits our seat of conscious thought and awareness. Our Intellectual Body is stimulated through activities that bring us joy and satisfaction. If, during this holiday season, you find yourself putting off activities you enjoy, in place of chores or things that need to be accomplished on your “to-do” list, then you will start to feel fatigue in this energetic body. This type of imbalance commonly manifests itself as a lack of interest in all things around you. Luckily, the Intellectual Body can be brought back to balance fairly easily. All you need to do is engage in an activity that brings back your awareness and connection to the collective. A few ways we can do this are-
Meet a Friend for Lunch (and engage in technology free communication)
Volunteer some of your time to others in need during the Holidays
Read a Book
Write in your journal (even if you feel you have nothing to write about, you may surprise yourself)
The Emotional Body
Last but certainly not least, we come to the Emotional Body. Our Emotional Bodies bear the burden of connecting our Physical and Mental Bodies. Because of this, our Physical Body (gross body) containing all of our hormones and receptors has a very significant impact on the state of our Emotional Body. Emotional imbalance may feel like- mood swings, irrational anger or frustration, unexplained sleepiness, sadness or disconnection. If we find ourselves carrying an emotional burden at family gatherings, or stretching ourselves too thin by trying to accomplish everything on our list we may create an imbalance in this energetic body. We can bring balance back to our Emotional Bodies this season by practicing a few simple rules to all of our holiday plans-
Create clear boundaries between yourself and those who drain your emotional energy
Say “No”- Its OK to commit to less than you can “handle”
Disconnect- Take a few hours each day and make them technology-free, especially from social media
Exercise- The connection between our Physical and Emotional Bodies is so strong, that taking care of one will help take care of the other. Exercise and release any blockages that may be holding deep in your tissues.
Maintaining balance within the four energetic bodies is an ongoing experience that cannot be perfected. When we work on one area of our lives, undoubtedly another will have to give. Don’t worry, this is completely normal and is a part of the life we live. Perfection is never the goal. Put simply, the joys of life are in the subtleties that cross the path in which we follow, so take your time and observe.