What is it?
Where does it come from?
And how do you get it?
Well, let's start by looking at the word empower.
To empower means to give or delegate power or authority to; authorize to give ability to.
I don't know about you, but I get pretty friggin' excited about the idea of having the power, authority, and abilities to take care of my mind, body, and mother-lovin' soul. To wake up in the morning, feeling confident, knowing in the warm, chewy center of my being I am fully capable of taking care of my emotional and physical self. What a badass.
But if I'm not wrong, it doesn't always feel like we possess these capabilities.
My personal theory is that we don't feel like we possess these capabilities because we don't believe we have them, or maybe we simply don't have the right tools yet. And, of course, there are just those situations where we need to feel vulnerable, lost, confused, and otherwise not in control. In fact, these feelings aren't necessarily bad.
Yeah. I said it. Feeling afraid, nervous, and uncertain is good. It means that something in life has changed, and needs our attention. These feelings are cues to tweak our self-care regimen.
When we're feeling needy, that means our needs have changed.
That said, I've got ZERO time for BELIEVING we're powerless. That's total BS. There's a big difference between allowing yourself to experience vulnerability, fear, or apprehension and BELIEVING you are powerless.
You are POWERFUL.
I'll say it again. YOU. ARE. POWERFUL.
But where does one find this power of which I speak? Where does it come from?
Empowerment, quite simply, comes from the brain.
While the brain isn't a muscle, it does get stronger the more you work it. And I don't mean brute strength, but rather, plasticity.
Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.
In other words, the entire process of transforming from being a baby to an adult, the ability to learn new skills, to quit old habits, to heal after an injury, etc. is because of glorious, wonderful, superstar plasticity. And I'm almost 100% certain you've got some neuroplasticty in your grey matter, too.
But here's the thing; the subconscious brain likes routine and predictability. So while the brain is quite capable of changing with the times, it gets kinda moody about actually having to do so. Especially if the change is unwanted or sudden.
It's easy to feel powerless in circumstances that feel impossible to navigate through. That said, we have the power (or plasticity) to move from powerless to empowered.
And it ALL begins with awareness.
Awareness, mindfulness, consciousness; these aren't woo-woo terms. They refer to the ability the conscious brain has to recognize our circumstances, our thoughts, feelings, and actions, and to analyze them critically, without judgement. This cognitive rational chunk of the brain is the key that will unlock ALL the juicy whole-human wellness hacks I'm gonna share with you over time. It's the secret ingredient to empowered, creative living.
Awareness is the shit.
There are lots of ways to pump up your awareness muscles. But I'll be getting into all that in the upcoming blogs. And along with said blogs I'll be offering fun little projects through my membership program at Patreon.
But for now, know that you are powerful, capable, and deserving despite (possibly) feeling otherwise sometimes.
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