Personal Power (2)

May 12, 2014

Personal Power

Ever notice how we sometimes find ourselves in the same situation, or relationship, or dynamic where we end up feeling unfulfilled, abandoned or, worse, abused?  We get this “Wait a minute…I know how this movie ends” feeling.  Wondering how we “did it again”…

Pema Chodron tells us “…nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

Our lessons come, over and over, giving us a chance at wisdom, which usually comes after the wound.  And when we reflect (painful as that may be) we can see the signs, the signals, the warnings, that appeared and were ignored along the way.  Our intuition was trying to get our attention.  It said “take another look – take another path.”

Much of what we need to learn comes to us in the form of a relationship – long and intimate or brief and seemingly insignificant.  Whenever we feel doubt, or diminishment of any kind, we need to take a good look at what’s happening and pay attention to that “I know how this movie ends” feeling.

Personal power can never be taken away; it can only be given away.  We give away our personal power when we ignore our intuition or allow our own worth in a relationship or environment to be diminished.  We give away our personal power when we devalue ourselves.

Personal Power gets reinforced with time and practice, and it begins with making the decision that we’re entitled to it.  It begins with surrounding ourselves with the right people and guidance.  It begins whenever we’re ready.

Now’s a good time.

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