Gathering your Inner Strength
“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”
As we face a month away from loved ones, locked down, with few things to look forward to and little in the way of positive news.
We want to share a way to get through.
“A core of steel” is a phrase often used when talking about people who are considered tough and strong. It is seen as something to admire and aspire to.
Toughness can be synonymous with resilience.
We all have steel that we can access when needed.
This is our inner strength.
It is always there.
Some of us ignore it and choose to lean on others or avoid situations we do not want to face.
The more we do that, the less we feel able to access it.
We may even forget it is there.
As a consequence we may feel weak and overwhelmed.
Or out of control and stuck.
Often we can fall into a child role telling ourselves that others know better than we do; that we need their help or approval. We stop believing in ourselves and our abilities. We listen to criticism and allow it to reinforce our core beliefs that we are not good enough or defective in some way.
We may choose to become a victim of our circumstances, telling ourselves that we have no control over what happens and that it is down to others. We give away our power to affect change. We deny our strengths and let external scenarios push us in any direction; determining outcomes for us
Some of us sabotage our achievements through fear of change. Our situation right now is known and the future is unknown. Even if our current circumstances are unpleasant it is hard to move towards an unknown future. Better and safer to stay where we are and put up with the situation at hand.
Finally some of us choose to prostitute ourselves. We block our progress by lack of investment. This is through fear of loss; loss of income, support, possessions, status, relationships, time and health. We may also agree to partake in things that do not nourish us for personal gain. A good example of this is gossip.
These ideas are further explored by Caroline Myss www.myss.com
This week we share a meditative exercise to help you access your inner strength.
Put aside the child, victim, saboteur and prostitute; take your power and be perfectly authentically you.
Find a quiet comfortable spot
Take your attention to your breathing
The tidal in and out of your breath
Feel the air enter your body
Now take your attention to your feet
Feel the ground beneath them
Imagine roots spreading down connecting you to the nutrient rich earth
The solid foundation on which everything is built
Infinite possibilities lying dormant waiting
Now take your attention to the top of your head
Imagine a silver thread connecting you to the Cosmos
The universal source of divine energy
Visualise the heavens with all their celestial light
Pure unbounded potential
Rooted to the earth
Connected to the Universe
Feel the energy flowing through you
Now focus on your inner most core
Do you feel this in your gut, or in your head, or in your heart?
You will know what is right for you
Feel the energy at your core pulsing
Now feel that energy at your centre start to expand
Drawing from the Earth and the Universe
Feel it gather and multiply
Feel it grow
Like a spark that grows to an inferno
Brighter and brighter
Warmer and warmer
Feel your power radiate out until it covers your whole body
You are infinite energy
Bask in this feeling for as long as you need
When you are ready
Bring yourself back to full awareness with the knowledge that your inner strength is ready for anything
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