The seed of every Movement & Meditation Circle that I offer is a theme that I need to amplify in my own life. As I was working on preparation for last week’s Full Moon Circle, I was inspired to look at the question, where does power come from and what does it look like, which inevitably led me to Brené Brown.
Brené recently shared two powerful podcasts about Power, the first focusing on the 4 Types of Power through the lens of our Presidential Election and the second, about where we find our Power Within. The second became the focus of this workshop.
This lens was so powerful to me that it became clear that I wanted to share what we discussed and what we took away from the experience here on my blog. That is the beauty of community … no matter how much I plan, new and unexpected insights will show up based on the marvelous connection of all who are present together.
Here were our top 3 takeaways:
1. Wherever you are is just fine.
The space included, as it always does, people who are in different phases of their ‘spiritual’ or self-awareness journey. When you are new to a space and other people are talking about their big revelations and ahas, it can feel overwhelming, like there is something ‘wrong’ with you if you aren’t receiving or in tune to messages in the same way.
If this ever happens to you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. If you want to get more in touch with yourself and your intuition, begin where you are. By staying committed to your intention to learn and implement small practices slowly, I guarantee they will add up to a greater connection to yourself and your intuition over time.
2. Dissolving our protection is an evolving process.
Brené Brown’s Election Day podcast, focused on her practice Strong Backs, Soft Fronts, and Wild Hearts. In this episode she talks about the fact that in order to be truly vulnerable and be ourselves, we have to be willing to let go of our armored/defensive fronts and build strong backbones (ie. the ability to stand in your truest, most authentic self). Then we can really follow the call of our wild hearts.It is easy to put pressure on ourselves to show up that way right now, because we’ve decided it is time. By giving ourselves the grace to find just a bit more space or put a tiny crack in the armor, we can lay the foundation towards authenticity and confidence that exudes from the inside out.
3. Belonging is a choice.
It is easy to feel imposter syndrome or that we don’t belong anywhere, that we are an outsider and no one has an appetite for what we want to say, share or do. If we focus on these thoughts and take actions based on them, the feeling of lack grows.Instead, pay attention to where you always belong. To yourself. If even that feeling feels tenuous, start from there. As you build trust, respect, and belonging within yourself, it will grow and expand into other areas in your life as well
“You are only free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.
The price is high. The reward is great.”
– Dr. Maya Angelou