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I've spent the last two years working 11-hour work days in a high stress, highly emotional work environment. Last week I left my job and finally adhered to my body's pleads to make room for rejuvenation. It was in burn out.Ever heard of Jing? Right. Me neither.
So what happens if you burn through your Acquired Jing ? Your body will pull from your Inherited Jing reserve. And this reserve is precious.
The best way I can describe what it feels like to dip into that Inherited Jing reserve, is that foggy, shaky feeling you have after a night of no sleep, aided by an espresso coffee. Over the last two years, I allowed myself to reach a state where no matter how much sleep I got, I never felt refreshed. I was burning energy (due to stress) faster than I was creating a reserve to pull from. I felt exhausted. I felt unsuccessful. I felt disconnected. I felt unhappy and unfulfilled — which one might describe as a result of my body coping with a loss of precious Inherited Jing.
Many of us make it a habit of extending ourselves beyond our bodies' capacity. In a world with frequent high demands, we've allowed this to become the status quo, with a great number of individuals becoming chronically ill and overwhelmingly under-fulfilled because of it. But what if we were to pay close attention to the energy we're giving away (and burning through). This energy is crucial to a full and vital life.
Burn out is detrimental to our wellbeing, but perhaps it's our body telling us we're in the precious Jing reserve.
The Well Life by Briana and Dr. Peter Borten
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