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By: Dr. Yekaterina Karpitskaya

Yekaterina Karpitskaya, MD

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” ~Buddha

You experience and create all kinds of different energies that affect how you feel, how you interact with other people and what you accomplish in the day.  If you work on creating more positive energy, you’ll see improvements in your personal, professional, and spiritual life. It will decrease your level of stress and take your body out of the constant state of fear and fight-or-flight response. Decreasing the level of sympathetic activity and the levels or cortisol in your body has direct positive health effects, including lower blood pressure, increased ability to heal and other numerous beneficial consequences via the brain-body connection.  Not only will it decrease your level of stress; it will also increase your productivity, as well as cause a positive impact on those around you, creating a feedback loop, where they will infect you with their sunny attitude. Positive energy is contagious. When you constantly take in the positive energy from your surroundings, it will be visible to the outer world.

So how do you get this allusive positive energy?  Some everyday tactics include yoga, meditation, creative writing, keeping a dream journal, reading and focusing on gratitude.  Exercise and being outside, in nature, also helps clear negative thoughts and attitudes. De-cluttering and organizing your work and living space also leads to increased positive energy. Flood your life with light and order, get rid of minutia and old unnecessary possessions that hinder you and are holding you a prisoner of the past.  This includes people.  Do not let other’s negative energy and internal conflicts hook you into their story and make you feel sad, angry, guilty or afraid.  Your life is your story and only you determine how you tell it.

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