Be Responsible for the Energy

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Be Responsible for the Energy

by Janelle Breese Biagioni

The other day I was listening to one of Oprah’s Master Class programs on OWN, her television channel. She was speaking about Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor; a neuroanatomist who suffered a hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain (

Dr. Bolte Taylor appeared on Oprah’s show. She had a profound effect on Oprah when she said that during her hospital stay, she wanted visitors to be responsible for the energy they brought into the room when they came to see her. Be responsible for the energy you bring. Be responsible for the energy you bring. This had as profound an effect on me as it had on Oprah.

I have always tried to hold myself accountable for what I do and what I don’t do. But I don’t think I ever thought about my responsibility in the energy I bring to others. It makes sense. If I am full of negative energy and that’s what I bring into a room, what do you think people will pick up on? My negativity. Likewise, if I bring a joyful positive energy into a room, those present will tune into my positive vibes. Whether we are negative or positive, that energy has the ability to change the energy around others.

Think back to when loved one visited you in the hospital or at home. Did anyone show up full of doom and gloom or negative vibes? If so, what affect did that have on you? Did you want them to hang around, or were you heaving a sigh of relief as they walked out the door? On the contrary, how did you feel when your visitor was positive, encouraging, and upbeat? I bet if you had a choice, the positive visitor is the one you would choose to have every day!

To be responsible for the energy we bring into a room, it means we must be aware and in tune with how we are feeling at that moment. If we are not feeling good, then it’s important to ask why you are feeling that way and is this something that you can or should deal with before you enter the room. If the answer is yes, then take action, deal with the situation and move forward. If your response is no, then you have to make a choice. You can a) make a mental note of the situation, shake it off and then enter the room knowing you will deal with it later, or b) do not enter the room, leave and go deal with the situation. That’s taking responsibility.

Today, try this experiment as you go about your day. Before entering a room ask these questions: What is the energy that I am bringing? And is it energy that I want to give to others?

Remember…the energy we give out, comes back to us tenfold. Is the energy you bring to others the energy you want to boomerang back to you???

February 21, 2012

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