This three-part meditation is all about protecting yourself from energy vampires. By Jill Lawson
What is an energy vampire? Imagine this scenario (but don’t meditate on it!):
You walk into a room, whether it is the lobby of a yoga studio, a small cocktail party, or your office; and someone is talking. She or he is rambling on about an unfavourable experience or situation they are enduring. The person is animated, drawing attention to every word, move, and expression, and you can’t help but pay attention. After just a few seconds in the presence of this energy vampire, you feel agitated, and drained of energy. By not protecting yourself, your precious prana will continue to escape whenever you find yourself in similar situations.
Practice the following meditation to avoid losing your energy to a vampire.
For this meditation to be effective, you must be grounded in your own presence. Feel both feet planted firmly on the ground. Imagine roots traveling out of each toe and through your heel, descending into the Earth. Allow yourself to have a solid connection to the planet, and take your place with confidence.
Create an energy boundary. Visualise a screen, bubble, or shield protecting your heart and mind. Imagine the negativity of a nearby vampire bouncing off your protective coating. Whenever you feel like a ray of despair has crossed the line, thicken the walls of your boundary. Keep practicing until you feel unaffected, and can preserve your healthy, positive prana.
Now that you’re grounded and have a shield to protect you, it’s time to shed some light on the energy vampire. Understand that these people need healing, which is why they crave your energy. Bring the image of a ball of light to your heart. Shine this light toward the person in need. See it singe their anxiety and calm their spirit. Shed warmth in their direction so they can begin to restore their own energy, and not steal yours.
Wherever you go, there will be people who will try to suck you dry of prana. Don’t let them. Use this meditation to protect yourself, and bring positive energy to the situation. It works just like the saying goes, “The more you give, the more you get.” This type of energy exchange will neither drain you, nor will it take from others. It creates an abundance of good vibes for all to enjoy.
Jill Lawson is a writer and yoga teacher enjoying life on the island of Maui in Hawaii (jilllawsonyoga.com)