It is the capacity and ability to exert any type of motion, action, power, work, or force through the mind.
According to Cambridge Dictionary, energy is defined as "the power and ability to be physically and mentally active."
I heard about energy through playing video games during my childhood years.
For instance, I played a Super Nintendo game, Street Fighter.
I choose any character to fight against an opponent. Each competitor has an energy. Whenever my opponent attacks me, my energy decreases.
Last person standing is the winner.
I was defeated in combat whenever my energy was zero.
I always lost in the game. Because I never had a tactic to play. And I never studied the opponent's weakness. I only pressed any button on Super Nintendo controller to attack. And I would tap the same button.
I relied on beginner's luck.
"The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy not coming, but on our readiness to receive him," Sun Tzu wrote in his book, The Art of War.
I choose my time. And energy too.
My younger-self never took the time and energy to take care of the mind. Because I thought I knew everything.
I was an energetic kid only in physical sports, such as basketball and tennis. I enjoyed playing tennis or basketball all day. I never talked about energy. Because I assumed I had everything figured out.
I used to expend my energy in lying and impressing others. I had insecurity, uncertainty, and hesitancy.
And I had paranoia. I couldn't trust anyone. I assumed everyone was criticizing and judging me, even my family, friends, and relatives.
I was nice to others face-to-face. But I was never honest and vulnerable. I second-guessed their story. And I criticized and judged them. This created more secrets to myself.
I had a fear of someone always coming after me. Because I was told to watch my surroundings everywhere I go. I only overcame this type of fear by tightening my fists to be ready for a punch. It made me look tougher and braver than whoever was chasing me in my imagination.
When things didn't go my way, I was angry. I blamed innocent people around me. I never took the responsibility and accountability on my mistakes. Because I had a huge ego.
I chose enemies. And I started grudges.
I used to always oversee the future. I had severe anxiety. I was worried and concerned about the future. I wondered if I would have a great career and a wonderful family. I wasn't able to deal and cope with my anxiety. I would try to forget about it. But thoughts in mind would reappear. They would be flashing and racing before I sleep every night. Some nights I had trouble falling asleep. I was a harsh kid.
I compared myself to others every day. It's what only kept me alive. I wanted to be better than others. It boosted my confidence and esteem.
My decision-making was more focused on others than myself. Because I chose to please everyone. I believed it was a sense of empowerment.
This negativity drained my mind along with body. It was unhealthy. My old energy generated a wounded heart.
"Your mind both produces and is affected by energy," Ilchi Lee writes in his blog, How is Energy Relate to your Mind?
He adds: "When the brain is low on energy, it affects the functioning of the mind. You may experience forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and/or poor mood when your brain does not have enough energy."
I like the mind and body to be performing and functioning at an energy efficient level.
"There are two important factors to keep in mind. The brain requires this expensive electrical power to operate. And your brain never shuts off," Michael W. Richardson writes in article, How Much Energy Does the Brain Use? "Even when you're sleeping at night, the brain consumes roughly as much energy as it does during the day. While you rest, your neurons are constantly communicating, updating each other on what is happening. Their constant vigilance is where the bulk of the energy is consumed."
The mind talks. And the body decides.
Richardson adds: "Unlike muscles, which can store excess carbohydrates, the brain needs to be constantly supplied with oxygen and energy in order to run properly. If the blood supply to the brain is cut off or disrupted - like during a stroke or head injury - neurons start shutting down quickly."
My new energy has healed my heart. It is to train and practice the mind every day.
And energy reminds me of choosing my priorities.
I like to use the time and energy to interact, communicate, and connect with others. Because I want to hear their story. I learn something new from someone. Because everyone is different in their own way.
Eating healthy food provides energy. Similar to a car needing gasoline to run. It fuels my body.
"All parts of the body (muscles, brain, heart, and liver) need energy to work. This energy comes from the food we eat," David McCulloch writes in his clinical review, How Our Bodies Turn Food into Energy.
I also use my energy to have a fit body. I like to lift weights. And my cardio is playing basketball or tennis.
Before I sleep every night, I like to meditate for five minutes. It relaxes and processes my mind. It gives me a steady energy.
I need to rest, recover, and recharge my energy every time I sleep or nap. I sleep about 8-10 hours every night. And I take a nap about an hour or two during the day.
"Along with nutrition and exercise, good sleep is one of the pillars of health. You simply cannot achieve optimal healthy without taking care of your sleep," Joe Leech writes in his blog entry, 10 Reason Why Good Sleep is Important.
"The longest recorded time without sleep is approximately 264 hours, or just over 11 consecutive days," Carly Vandergriendt writes in article, "How Long Can You Go Without Sleep? Function, Hallucination, and More.
She also adds: "After only three or four nights without sleep, you can start to hallucinate. Prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to cognitive impairments, irritability, delusions, paranoia, and psychosis."
I'm alive. I breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. My energy still exists.
"May the force be with you," Star Wars character, Obi-Wan Kenobi, talks about it throughout his life.
I shall see how it goes.