CHAPTER 1: ENERGY IS CATCHY

What The Heck Are You Marinating In?

Energy affects you and you affect energy. You’ve said it before, “I could cut the tension in the room with a knife.” “His energy is contagious.” “Her laughter is infectious.”

The nature of energy is that it’s catchy. For better or worse, it’s contagious and can be picked up when you’re tuned in or open.

Chronic exposure to light energy results in the good stuff in your life. Chronic exposure to dark energy results in what you perceive as bad.

“It’s really an interesting concept—these infectious agents that you’re calling them. Maybe you’re a person who doesn’t have enough ‘teflon’ (emotional armor), so things stick to you. Turn off media and social media at a certain point. I think social media can make it hard to have ‘teflon’ these days because sometimes you can be constantly reminded of what is negative. I think there’s something to it, it’s like you get this virus, you get this infectious agent.” —Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; Vice-Chair of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; Editor, Psychological Bulletin; author of The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures

Think of the people and stuff around you as a marinade. And think of yourself as a piece of meat. (Don’t get too excited, it’s a metaphor.)

In your marinade you have some ingredients that are hot, flavorful, savory, and salty. To deconstruct our metaphor, whatever’s in there, that’s what you’re soaking up. You have a loving partner, a loyal dog, a stressful work environment, some positive friends and others quite negative, clutter in your closets, violence on the TV, a peaceful garden to repose, an ornery neighbor, a morning traffic jam, and a good audio book to get you through.

It’s a spicy sauce. So, what are you marinating in?

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