Taking back your power is about staying grounded and showing up as your authentic self. It is the ability to move forward from an unshakeable center. In the past, I would look for solutions outside of myself instead of knowing the the answers existed within me. It was after much trial and error that I found practices that would inevitably lead me towards wholeness.
Being a yoga, meditation and breathwork teacher - I have been fortunate to be surrounded by teachings that are all about recognizing the same undeniable truth - that you are your own best teacher. These practices show us how to hold our own hand as we walk through the fire of life. Each time we engage with ourselves on a deeper level, we fortify our own internal resolve and begin to let the habit of relying on outside sources go.
When we take moments of pause with the intention of really being with ourselves, we feel less frantic and more likely to turn inwards for what we are seeking.
It is important to look at what personal narratives we have around our definition of power. Looking at what or who we give our power to will give us the freedom and strength we truly seek. Is it money? Success? Popularity? We must get clear as to where we stray from our internal path so we can re-route back to ourselves.
Throughout the day, we can notice when we are giving our power away. It can be overloading our day for fear of being perceived as lazy. It can be when we feel something deeply, we mask it with any number of distractions (sugar, alcohol, sex, internet scrolling). It can be when we hold back in conversation for fear of appearing unintelligent. Whatever specific situation applies to you, use your new awareness of it as an instrument of change.
Self inquiry, whether done pen to paper or just sitting quietly, has been a super beneficial practice for me.
Answer the following questions below.
The breathing practice below is called “kapalabhati” and it helps stimulate our third chakra. This is our connection to ourselves, our personal power and our inner strength.
Sit in a comfortable cross legged seated position
Let your palms rest softly on your thighs
Begin short quick exhalations out through the nose
Each inhale is passive
Each exhale draw the navel back towards the spine
Continue for 30 seconds to a minute
Then take a long deep inhale and a slow conscious exhale
Close the eyes, sit with the stillness, and notice what’s shifted
It’s helpful to have little reminders throughout the day of what you are trying embody in your present experience.
I am at ease with myself. I look to myself for the answers I seek.
Images by David Rosenblatt
Feature Image by Clifford Usher