by Christy Whitman, Guest Blogger
For me, a spa day is not just about releasing stress, looking better and feeling good (although these are all much-appreciated benefits!). The energy I give to myself when I take a “me” day is literally what gives me the ability to give my energy to all the relationships and activities I’m involved in, including running an international coaching academy, being a wife to my husband Frederic, a mother to two young boys, writing books, leading retreats and coaching courses, taking great vacations and generally enjoying my life.
That I am able to extract across-the-board value from an act as simple as spending a day at a spa goes back to a principle I was lucky enough to learn years ago from Jack Canfield, one of my earliest mentors. This principle that has since been cited by numerous other metaphysical teachers and tested by quantum physicists – and I’m sharing it with you here because if you apply it, it will serve you in virtually all aspects of your life.
One hour of “inner” work (and by “inner” work, Jack was referring to the internal practice of intending, visualizing, and aligning our energy) is worth seven hours of “outer” work.
Now, doing “inner” work does not necessarily mean sitting in meditation for an hour each day. What it does mean is that before we take any outer action, we first take a moment to clarify the intention behind that action. Said another way, we deliberately decide how we want to feel, and get into that state of being before we do anything. If there is a “secret” to my being able to accomplish so much in so many different aspects of my life, it’s that I practice bringing my internal energy into alignment with the essence of what I want to get out of that activity or situation before I take any external action.
So, when I’m doing something that nurtures my body – like getting a massage, a facial, or visiting the acupuncturist – I begin by connecting with my intention to fill myself with whatever energy I perceive will most serve me at that moment – whether it’s vitality, stamina, sexuality, relaxation, increased immunity, or all of the above. The end result of this practice is that I receive much more value out of the time I spend engaged in that activity, because I’ve aligned my energy with the outcome I desire and have opened myself up to receiving it.
So many women I’ve worked with and coached have fallen into what I call the “dark side” of multi-tasking. Sometimes we can be so focused on other things that we take ourselves out of the present moment – even when that moment offers the deep relaxation and nurturing we’re craving!
So to you fellow spa-goers, I pass along the same advice that Jack gave to me: Take a few minutes to align your energy with whatever outcome you want to create before you engage in the activity. If it’s a spa day you’re creating – whether a full day at home or just a quick one-hour massage, prepare yourself ahead of time to ensure you’re in a state to receive the full benefits that the experience makes available.
Aligning your energy with the activity at hand makes all the difference in the world – kind of like using an electronic device that is running on battery power versus one that is plugged in and being fully charged by a live electrical current. Action that is infused with energy and intention produces results that are astonishing compared to what can be accomplished with action alone. Try it for yourself and see!
Christy Whitman is a New York Times bestselling author, transformational leader, and author of the forthcoming book The Art of Having It All. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Morning Show, and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, among others. As the CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Coaching Academy, a 12-month Law of Attraction coaching certification program. Christy has helped thousands of people worldwide to achieve their goals through her empowerment seminars, speeches, and coaching sessions and products. Christy’s life-changing message reaches over 125,000 people a month, and her work has been promoted by and featured with esteemed authors and luminaries such as Marianne Williamson, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marci Shimoff, Brian Tracy, Neale Donald Walsch, Abraham-Hicks, and Louise Hay. She currently lives in Montreal with her husband, Frederic, and their two boys, Alexander and Maxim.