On one of our past radio shows we had a discussion about why
we might fear owning our personal power. Here are some thoughts that emerged in that discussion:
1. Lack of awareness or clear definition about what personal power is
2. Lack of knowledge about HOW to claim it
3. Beliefs about power that keep us small, constricted or conflicted
We have had many discussions among ourselves over the years and here are some things we have discovered.
Is the ability to create and live your life from our whole self
Is not power over anybody or wielding great influence in the world
It is about self mastery and creating life from the inside out
Allows for more presence to the moment leading to a richer, deeper experience of life
External success may be an outcome but it is not a driving force or primary goal
Personal power = self knowledge, healthy self care, and taking responsibility for our needs.
Energy and Personal Power
Understanding ourselves as energetic beings at our core helps to simplify the issue of personal power. Energy and consciousness are the vehicles for inner power. When we know how to harness and manage them we are much better able to address power and all its manifestations.
Building or Depleting Energy
We can build or deplete energy on any level of body, mind or spirit. A general rule of thumb is that when we add to our inner resources we empower ourselves and when we detract from those resources we dis-empower ourselves.
Dis-empowering, energy draining mind habits
Criticizing self or others
Obsessive thinking, analyzing
Excessive ruminating on the past
Over preoccupation and anxiety about the future
Identifying with stories of being a victim of life/others/past
Emphasis on what is wrong—with self, other, situations
Empowering, energizing mind habits
Focus on maintaining an inner state of peace–an attitude of ease
Freely choosing to place thoughts on genuine positive thoughts
Present moment awareness ( fully present in the now without judgment)
Recognition that others have and are entitled to their perspective
Commitment to noticing beauty
Make it a game to become aware of happy moments
Make breathing deeply, fully and easily a habit–quiets the mind
Actively choose to release habitual negative thoughts
Mind Matters: How we use our minds affects every aspect of our lives. Self Mastery on all levels allows us to be at cause in our lives.
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