Personal Energy

by Stuart Harris

Mental, emotional and physical energy

Ever since the days of Albert Einstein, science has shown us that if you look closely enough, everything is energy in one form or another. That means not just the obvious things, such as heat, light, sound and movement, but even apparently solid, inanimate objects, such as rocks.

It’s thanks to these insights and history’s most famous equation E=mc², that the world has nuclear power and atomic bombs.

It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing – a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind.

Albert Einstein

But sorry to disappoint you, nuclear physics is beyond the scope of this resource – at least this version of it. Let’s get practical and focus on the three types of energy that we’re all using all the time.

Whatever you’re doing, you use physical energy, mental energy and emotional energy in varying proportions. The proportions depend on the activity.

  • Mental energy powers your ideas and thinking, and the internal processing of your mind.
  • Emotional energy fuels feelings, such as excitement and desire, and contributes to your state of being.
  • Physical energy manifests itself as bodily action and movements and powers all your physiology.

Your muscles will tell you when you’ve been working out at the gym or dancing at the company Christmas party – both take plenty of physical energy in the form of calories that the body burns up.

OK, physical energy I buy, but mental and emotional?

Sure. Just think of a time when you were facing a job that you really didn’t feel like doing, such as weeding the garden or cleaning the windows or even something less physically demanding, such as doing your expenses.

Most of us have had the experience of using up a lot of emotional and mental energy even before we get to the point of getting stuck into an unappealing physical activity. We resolve to get active, but when it comes to the point of doing it, we really don’t feel like it – we feel exhausted.

Maybe we intend to do it (mental energy), but we don’t want to (emotional energy) and we end up arguing with ourselves rather than doing it (physical and probably mental too).

One sure-fire way to drain yourself of energy is to allow your mental, physical and emotional energies to work at cross purposes against each other. On the other hand, the more you can get your physical, mental and emotional energies working in the same direction, the easier you find it to do things.