An Exercise to Energize the Mind, Sharpen the Memory


Our mind and memory can be fogged by fatigue, dulled by depression, agitated with anxiety, sluggish after a poor night’s sleep, and affected by age. Fortunately, with a little effort and a couple of minutes, we can reenergize our brain and recharge our memory.

The Clear Mind, Sharp Memory exercise comes from energy medicine. Using a variety of noninvasive techniques from different healing traditions, energy medicine revitalizes and heals the body by restoring energies that have been depleted.

Deep breathing and using the hands to direct our body’s energy are the techniques used in this exercise.

Clear Mind, Sharp Memory Exercise

This is an excellent exercise to use daily. Regular practice will keep your memory sharp and maximize its effectiveness. You might do this before leaving for work or school, when you first sit down at your desk or computer, or before talking to your first customer.

  1. Put your left hand over your heart. Place your right hand on the right side of your head, palm next to the ear and fingers extended up and over your head.
  2. Hold this position and breathe deeply four times. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Stretch your spine up on the inhale and relax it on the exhale.
  3. Move your right hand to the back of your head while your left hand remains over your heart.
  4. Hold this position and repeat the four breaths.
  5. Now put your right hand on the right side of your chest and place your left hand by your left ear with fingers extended upward. Repeat the four breaths.
  6. Lay the palm of your left hand on your forehead with your fingers extending over the top of your head. Repeat the four breaths.

Why breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth? In energy medicine, breathing in through the nose is believed to bring a powerful energizing force up the spine. Breathing out through the mouth creates a connection in the back of the throat that activates the body’s central energy meridian (pathway).

Energy Medicine brings you vitality when you are drained, health when you are ill, and joy when you are down. ~ Donna Eden

Source: Eden, Donna, Energy Medicine, Tarcher/Putnum, 1998.


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