Empowerment can be a societal and cultural process. But, without personal empowerment, all the cultural and societal efforts we can muster will be meaningless. Feeling personally empowered
Empowerment does not mean the kind of dictatorship-like power we often see exemplified in society. This is not real internal power. It is a forced, tyrannical power that benefits no one. Internal power has trust, faith, empathy, and knowledge of self. This, in turn, creates benefit to all. Time to get in touch with your internal power source!
1) Breathe: The 3 part breath is the best breath for many learning and using self-regulation successfully. In this breath, you first breathe fully into the belly which is also known as belly breathing or diaphragmatic breathing. Then, expand the breath into the lower part of the lungs and then up to the collar bones. The most challenging part is to get used to releasing the breath from the top down - collar bones, rib cage, belly. Here is a guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohoW8mdi07w&feature=youtu.be
2) Meditate: Jon Kabat-Zinn included this meditation in his book Wherever You Go There You
3) Relax: Circle of power relaxation: This technique can be used from a seated position or lying down. Imagine a circle drawn around you. When I am seated I refer to this as my hula hoop space. Within this circle you are in charge of the energy - nothing comes in and nothing goes out, unless you allow it. Fill the circle with calm, relaxing energy. Fill the circle with peace. Imagine that as you breathe, you are breathing in the peace. Also, your skin is soaking in the peace. Every cell in your body is filling with calm relaxing energy. Stay with this for as long as you want.
4) Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Use the above skill set - imagine yourself in a circle of power - or within your hula hoop space. Remember, you are in charge of what you allow in or out from that space. Decide what energy to fill it with - confidence, strength, joy, faith. Anything you choose can fill the circle. Then, breathe in the energy and soak in the energy. Do this often and train your systems to feel the way you are choosing to feel.
5) Power Pose: Warrior poses are good poses for connecting to inner strength. In this series, 3 warrior poses are combined in a strong flow sequence. It is short, but powerful, so try it!
6) Affirm: Combine this affirmation with the above breathing technique and/or the meditation for an even more powerful practice! "I am strong and powerful. I am confident and capable. I have an infinite source of power within."
7) Chant: The 2 chants ham-sa and so-ham both mean "I am." But, they work in different energetic directions. So-ham (pronounced so-hum) is relaxing while ham-sa (hum-sah) is energizing. For a greater sense of power and strength, practice ham-sa.
Find your inner power source by practicing the above 7 skills as often as possible. You have to train the mind and body into new patterns! Contact me with comments or questions: firstname.lastname@example.org OR check out the services on my website for info. about individual sessions and group sessions offered. circleofstoneswellness.com