Energy Taps In Starbucks

One morning as I started my work day, I was wavering back and forth — should I stay home and work from my home office or venture out to Starbucks to work there. I ended up following my gut and headed out to the Starbucks nearby. 

I sat down with my coffee and settled into my “office” to get to work. Before long, an elderly gentleman sat across from me and put the book “Conversations with God” by N. Walsh on the table. The book was full of notes, tags and post It notes. Curious about this human being, I greeted him and we spoke briefly. After our short exchange he devoted himself to his book and I devoted myself to my writing.

When you forget everything around you…

Still at the coffee shop, we received a brief visit from a young mother with her little daughter, who was beaming like the sun and turning our “office” upside down for an hour. It was an enjoyable and welcome distraction that relaxed and inspired me. After we said goodbye, it was time for the second round of coffee. I was so in the flow of writing that I had completely forgotten the time and my body. You know that feeling? The one where you are so absorbed in your work that you don’t notice your neck is tense, your bladder full  and your foot has fallen asleep.  At some point, the calls of the body are so loud that you have to bring your attention back to yourself. That’s exactly what happened to me.

The elderly man sitting across noticed that I was sliding back and forth in my chair, desperately needing a refresher and a stretch. Without further ado, he asked me to get up. He radiated so much peace and warmth that I merely followed his request. He explained to me that we would do energy taps — in Japan, it is common for people use this technique to get the energy flowing.

Stay in the river…

As a Feng Shui consultant, I know the impact a stagnant flow of energy can have on your health, personality and success.  So I got up and turned my back to the man. In the middle of Starbucks in the center of Munich, (which is very busy at lunchtime), he began knocking my back, my arms, hands, legs and finally my head. He kept saying, “Let go and forget what others think. It’s about your energy.” The more he repeated it, the more I relaxed and enjoyed this energy kick he was giving me.

After only a few minutes, I sat in my chair again and looked the man in the eye – he said only: “So, now it’s better! Just keep writing, there’s a lot coming. “And he turned back to his book.

If I had not seen the faces of the other coffee drinkers, who were still looking at us with amazement and raised eyebrows, I would have been sure I had a short nap and dreamed the whole thing. But these piercing glances did not intimidate me and didn’t make me blush. In fact, I felt so free because I didn’t care what anyone thought. It was a wonderful feeling of freedom, peace and balance.

You may be wondering why I am telling you this story …

I want you to stop caring about what others think or say. Imagine you have a great idea that you want to bring to the world. And while this idea germinates and slowly comes to life, a voice (from your head) immediately announces itself and says: “You can’t do that, what will people say ???”

And that phrase throws you suddenly out of the game and poisons the small seedling in the earth. 

So next time that voice of self-doubt or judgment creeps in, think about whether you really want to spoil your new game, your new idea, vision or venture all because of the opinions of others. 

I’ll leave you with this thought and wish you many new ideas.

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