Why is it that so many practice; Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, practice good eating habits, take supplements and vitamins, and yet still feel fatigue, lethargy, depression, or, experience 'burn out' after many years of practice?
It may be that our personal energetic matrix is compromised – we have 'borrowed' energies from external environment and not allowed the inherent energy to shine....
It is true that eating good quality food will help feel good, however, if our personal energy ( fire within ) is weak, then, the quality of food is less important. In fact, it is our inherent energy that animates our bodies' and feeling of well-being.
The sad part is that people can practice what they think is a valuable health practice, when in fact, they are borrowing energy and time they must pay back.
Borrowing energy can work for a while, but at a cost. For instance, drinking cups of coffee everyday may get you going in the morning, but at the cost to your guts and kidneys. Over time the coffee stops working and you are left with less energy. Another example is surrounding ourselves with lots of people and activities; we can get a real kick from other peoples energy, but, are we borrowing their energy to fill our empty tanks? When we don't have that source to draw from, do we feel deflated again. The other downfall to this is that we can ingest other peoples sicknesses and incomplete energy, leaving us feeling the same.
The same goes for most external energies that we ingest on our quest for health and well-being. We ingest something physically or energetically so we can feel better, but, we may be drinking from a poison chalice.
A more relevant factor, are externals like computers and cars. They are machines we interface with, where we must let go of our natural structure, and, acquiesce to it shape and function. The more external scaffolding we have the weaker the internal structure. The more external elements we depend on, the less the Internal ones are activated.
The same goes for doing spiritual practices, yogas, meditations;. We 'believe' in a method but end up not embodying the promises that these methods promise. There may be those that practice religiously the methods of their chosen discipline but end up making marginal gains and even regress in their energies, even after 25 years of study and practice. Why is this??
THE reason is quite unreasonable; If we are the universe/god , then, why are we seeking to unify with 'it/Him'.... we already are that which is being sought – we don't have to achieve perfection to experience 'yoga'; “ The everyday mind, is the Enlightened mind”
There is nothing we can do to receive the energetic light all the sages have been talking about.... we can only be it naturally. Why borrow what we already have? Once our real energy is uncovered, we can never exhaust it!
One can say " the breath is borrowed ", but it is our interaction with it, that assures peace.