After years of working in the field of energy as a form of medicine, I have lovingly adopted the term spiritual dehydration. Yes, just like your body can show signs of dehydration through symptoms such as a dry mouth, nausea, irritability and headaches your spirit can also experience a sense of depletion through symptoms such as doubt, bouts of fear, hopelessness and anxiety. You see when your physical body goes into dehydration, it has to prioritize other things such as keeping your larger organs functioning. Spiritual dehydration is similar, only rather than focusing on organs it is attempting to connect you to your life force.
Your life force is the way in which you fully experience the world. It is the state of being you experience when you are in energetic flow. This flow can only be experienced in the present moment. Below are some signs of spiritual dehydration followed by some ways to quench your soul:
Signs of Spiritual Dehydration:
Chronic Thinking: You find yourself, thinking, analyzing and trying to figure out other people and/or situations in your life. This can lead to a lot of internal drama. An inner world where everything feels chaotic and unpredictable.
Doubt. You find you are second guessing your decisions, doubting your strengths, abilities and life’s purpose. You are unsure about the future and seem to be reliving patterns of the past.
Guilt and Shame. You tend to feel bad or take things personally. You have a difficult time letting things go and tend to put a lot of pressure on yourself.
Negativity. No matter how hard you try to stay positive, negative thinking seems to filter through your mind. You also may find you have a lot negative people around you.
Fatigue. You feel mentally and physically exhausted. This impacts your ability to be creative, go out and have fun and try new things.
Ways to Hydrate
Breathe. Take time daily to breathe consciously. Pay attention to your inhale by inflating your abdomen, expanding the sides of your waist and lower back. Notice your exhale, as your navel sinks into your lower abdomen, pressing it back toward your spine. Breathe slowly and deeply several times a day.
Sing. Turn up the tunes and sing your little heart out. Singing opens your heart, lifts your vibration while hooking you up to your life force. Be sure to select music with a positive message.
Pray. The bible states, “Jesus told him, 'Don't be afraid; just believe.'” Mark 5:36. The opposite of fear is faith. When you are in fear your energy becomes stagnant and congested. The key is not to pray from fear. See prayer as a way to strengthen your relationship with your higher power. With that said, don’t be afraid of asking for what you desire.
Repeat a Mantra. Mantras are sounds, syllables, words and phrases which are repeated. There are over one hundred you can choose from my book, Mantras Made Easy. The word, Amen (which means, and so be it), can be a mantra or a phrase such as, “Now that I am fully healed I am fully connected to my life force.”
Give a Hug. When you hug someone or an animal you allow your body to release feel good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. A good long (one minute) hug can significantly reduce reactivity in your body while increasing connection. It is healing to both you and the person you are hugging.
If you are still feeling dehydrated don't be afraid to reach out and ask for support. Spiritual hydration is enhanced through your connection to others.
In Service of Love,