What is self empowerment? Here, we are considering it in terms of power over the self. In other words, over how we act, feel, speak and think. It’s about choice and having the inner power to follow one’s dreams.
Recall a time you felt empowered. What were you doing? We feel empowered when we believe in our ‘self’ and what we are doing. When we don’t , well, we find that the power just isn’t there. Check out: Am I doing what I wanted to do? Am I moving towards it? Am I limiting myself? Do I know what my gift is and am I using it?
How do we power up? Powering up is connected to the power of silence, as a silent mind is one that can see and think clearly. Check out: can you put a full stop to what you are thinking and allow the mind to become a still, deep and silent lake?
To make the mind silent takes practise. First, is to just to become aware of how un-silent the mind can be. Does your mind chatter all day long? Is it commenting on everything that is happening? What is the quality of this chatter? Often this chatter tends to be quite negative and repetitive. This just leaves us feeling drained and exhausted.
Thoughts are seeds that grow into feelings. Ultimately, how we choose to think is down to us alone. We can continue with the negative chatter or choose to make it more empowering. Meditation is a practise designed to help us dialogue with our self in an empowering way and transform our thoughts and feelings.
Empowerment is also about being real. Things may not always go as we hoped and planned. When they don’t can you re-adjust, tolerate or face? It is about being able to use the right power for the right situation. It is also about learning from things that go wrong, mistakes can then become blessings in disguise.
Be aware too of what dis-empowers you? Blame, for example, is a big one. Blame, even if it was their fault, serves no purpose except to keep us stuck. Accepting and moving on empowers us. Doubt is another one. Often, doubts come when we allow others to influence us or we want to please them. Instead, maintaining faith and trust in our self empowers us.
To be empowered is to live from the inside out. It is to consciously choose our thoughts, feelings and responses to life, rather than going through life just reacting to whatever is happening.