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What does your energy say about you?

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist – a scientist who specializes in how the brain works. In 1996, Jill suffered a massive stroke when a blood vessel burst in the left hemisphere of her brain. She was rushed to the emergency room and treated, but it took a full eight years for Jill to journey back.

During the entire ordeal, Jill remained conscious. She wrote a detailed account of the day of her stroke and the subsequent years of recovery in the book My Stroke of Insight. Jill says she could feel the energy of the people who walked in her room and could even tell which nurses made her feel safe. The nurses who would make a connection with her, simply by making eye contact or touching her foot, made all the difference.

“As opposed to someone who just comes in, deals with the machinery, ignores that there’s even a warm body in the bed,” she says. “I didn’t feel safe in that person’s care.”

What does your energy say about you?

We all experience peaks and valleys, yet when we enter a healing space, we must be aware of the personal energy we emit. We’ve all felt the vacuum of draining energy or the infectious enthusiasm in ourselves and in those around us.

Who would you rather work with, live with or have taking care of you or your family member?

As leaders, we set the bar of expectation by making sure that OUR energy is positive, open and loving. Sometimes, it’s tough to maintain. That’s when we are reminded that the practice of self-nurturing, self-caring activities must be an essential part of our life.

Leading without energy only produces unclear direction, apathy, and often erodes trust.

We may find ourselves wondering why our team is ineffective, behaves poorly and lacks the emotional connections that caregiver’s thrive on.

Knowing and utilizing energy boosting tools that are unique to each of us can help us be responsible for the energy we bring to our personal and professional space. We all have things in our lives that bring us joy and resonate with our souls, thus creating harmony, renewal and an improved sense of well being.

Remembering, reflecting and taking steps to stay connected with our sources of energy can quickly change our perceptions and outlook.

 

What steps are you taking?

The practice of self-care will renew your energy, reignite your spirit and allow you to naturally connect with others on a more meaningful level, improving communication and teamwork.  Those around you will appreciate your positive energy more than you know!

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I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your class! It was too short! I was so moved by what you had to say! I think a majority of our staff, including me, thought you were here to “pump us up” because the moral is so low. I know you understand how hard our work is because you too are a nurse. It is so difficult to keep our group focused on a serious nature…. our self!

I know I had a hard time looking in that mirror..whoa…who’s that? I can’t tell you how many times I just wanted to burst out crying…trying so hard to get the focus somewhere else except for me!

I walked away feeling so much more awakened and refreshed! We need more of this kind of inspiration! I have been feeling so stagnant lately! I have been a nurse for 25 years (it was my birthday…what a gift you gave!), and I would work no where else but the ER! I feel like I am working harder now than ever, or it is my age is drifting higher? I really enjoy my co-workers! I can find something positive in any negative!

I love to laugh and share laughter with others, or give “just because” gifts or just sit and listen. I am so privileged to work with a “fantabulous” group of people. You allowed me to see how much more I need to accomplish for me! It’s all good!

Thank You so much for your time and knowledge and encouragement in learning how to take care of me! You are AWESOME!

Grateful and Most Sincerely Yours,

Wanda M. Cruz RN BSN PHN MICN (CEN-soon!)
Antelope Valley Hospital

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