What do we need to watch out for on the journey to self-empowerment? We dis-empower ourselves when we under-value ourselves. We think we can’t change, blame, criticise, focus almost exclusively on others’ and our own faults and aren’t in touch with our own inner treasures.
What about time? When we say we are too busy, what are we really saying? This is really about undervaluing ourselves. By recognising and developing our own inner potential we enable ourselves to be more productive and remain calm and in charge of ourselves when demands increase or when there is chaos. When we fulfil our responsibility to ourselves, we then have the power to fulfil all our other responsibilities too.
What if the day is just too busy though? The trick is to become a time opportunist. There are lots of ‘moments’ throughout the day that we can utilise to go inside, be still and remind ourselves of something good about our self. Such as, at the traffic lights, whilst going to get a coffee or walking between meetings.
Can we really change? It used to be said that by a certain age our brain was set in stone. Today we know that this isn’t the case. Our brains are constantly changing. Spirituality too teaches us that we can change our way of thinking about our self, others and life. We just have to find a starting point. Starting with one small step at a time. Then one day when we look back we will be surprised by how far down the road we have travelled.
How can things like blame, criticism and not being in-touch with our own inner wealth trip us up? These are all big power drainers. Let’s take blame. Is it really the other person or situation that dis-empowers us, or it is how we are seeing it that dis-empowers us? We need to ask ourselves: What is happening? What am I thinking? Can I think about it differently? Developing the vision to see the benefit in everything is the journey to self-empowerment.
OK, so what about criticism? This is about our ability to accept ourselves and others just as we are. We are all doing our best. When we focus on faults we end up feeling drained. When we focus on the good we feel energised. Try it for a day and see. It also improves our relationships as we end up spending less time arguing and more time sharing and appreciating.
Finally, how do we stay connected to our inner wealth? When we are aware of ‘I, the thinker,’ we can become aware of the peace that resides within ‘I, the thinker’ and create the space to experience this inner peace. This peace opens the door to all our other treasures of love, joy, wisdom and truth. The real ‘I’ is these inner treasures. We long to connect to the real us. When we connect to the peace, love, joy and wisdom within, we can express these qualities in our actions and relationships.