What’s Your Zapper?
Driving on an island at night, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we searched for our lodging destination. The further we drove, the road became narrower as the darkness and jungle vegetation encroached almost swallowing us up. We questioned ourselves, could this really be where we’d be staying the night? We didn’t have GPS and there were no towns or places to pull over and ask for directions, so we just kept going. Then, out of the darkness we spotted a small white sign. We turned into a driveway that seemed like someone had just cleared it with a machete. At the end of the driveway, the lodge appeared and we sighed relief. As we checked into this small “Yoga Lodge”, we each were handed a tennis racket contraption. We were told this was a “zapper” to keep the mosquitoes away. The instructions were simple; press the small button on the handle and wave the racket to “zap” the tiny vampires that would try to feast on us during the night. And zap away we did in our little room in the jungle.
Sometimes we know what things are pesky in our lives and sometimes they are not so obvious. It’s these more subtle things that can keep us in a coma of complacency or worse yet, convince us over time that we need them. These things that deplete, keep us stuck, or are negative are zappers. In Soul Coaching we identify zappers so you can open more to what brings you joy. Soul Coaching founder, Denise Linn explains that “an energy zapper is anything that lowers your energy and thus decreases your life force”. It’s time to sit still with your soul and ask – what zaps you? It’s important, because zappers hold you back from taking charge and living your life to it’s fullest.
Here are a few ideas to get you in touch with your zappers;
1) People – If you spend time with someone and leave feeling frustrated, anxious, or depleted, you’ve found a zapper. If this person is important in your life, it’s up to you to identify why your energy feels zapped with this person. Then, create a communication plan to address it with them, asking for what you need. This takes courage, however, this is where inner growth is and relationships deepen.
2) Doing – What tasks drain your energy? Is there a way to delegate or ask for assistance? Or perhaps you are caught in the web of always giving without replenishing yourself.
3) Food & Drink – Do you notice how you feel after eating certain food or drinking alcohol or coffee? Your body knows what it likes and needs, your job is to pay attention and replace the zappers with food that energizes or feels satisfying.
4) Media – Are there TV shows, internet news, movies that leave you feeling drained? Or are you watching too much TV? Take inventory of your computer, TV, and print reading time and ask yourself how you feel experiencing them. Replace your zappers with funny, joyful, meaningful media and watch your energy rise.
5) Environment – Scan your home/car/office in your minds eye. Are there rooms you pass over or areas you ignore? These may be filled with clutter or unfinished tasks. All energy drainers. What task can you at least spend 15 minutes on to make a dent in? Are there items you can get rid of or repaired? Anything unfinished can be considered a zapper. All you have to do is think about it being undone, and your energy can drop.
This list was created to assist you in identifying what is zapping your energy with the intention you won’t get bit by a pesky energy drainer. So press that zapper button and zap away!
This is my friend Nicole in front of the lodge we stayed at while traveling the byways on one of the Hawaiian islands. A wonderful adventure, mosquitoes and all!