By Jenn Brouillette 050322
throughout the day,
I envisioned myself
as a hawk
catching colors from the sun
reflections in my feathers
high above contempt
in my power,in my worth…
connected to compassion.
I felt the suns’ rays
to hold my wing-hand…
with calm, quiet strength.
illuminating my mind.
clarifying my perception,
of what is truly threat
and what is “nothing but ‘a thang” .
…Encouraging me to elevate
above every peril.
being soft…tender hearted
knowing, trusting in my steadfast ability
to obtain nourishment,
for body, mind and spirit…
to be self fed, fulfilled and free.
In my experience, I have noticed that often times personal power is defined as”speaking up” …”speaking your truth” …but maybe there are also other expressions of power that need to be considered and valued.
I have been experimenting with a new way of handling conflict and feelings of offense that for me,has enhanced my energy and expanded my heart.
When I feel an initial trigger, a charge…a feeling of offense or judgement from something someone says or does, I remind myself “Don’t take this personally…it has nothing to do with you…Everyone is operating from their own experience of unhealed trauma”.
This practice has been life changing for me. It allows me to stay centered in my own worth and power then directs me to respond with compassion towards the perceived “offender”.
I have often struggled with feelings of frustration and low self esteem because I couldn’t express power as I had been conditioned to do so…it just wasn’t my nature. I spent so much time and energy in judging myself as “less then” because I couldn’t respond with a snarky comment to “put people in their place”…”tell them a thing or two” etc etc…This way never resonated with me, however, when I am able to recognize that the things other’s say or do has nothing to do with my worth, it is so easy NOT to give it any energy and soar high above the drama, being totally uninfluenced, unruffled by their comments or actions.
For me this process began with a regular practice of affirming my worth daily. I believe that a positive sense of self worth is the foundation of good mental health.
How do you express your personal power?
Follow me on Weeds2Seeds @jbrouha.com for helpful tools and strategies to enhance your mental health.❤️☮️
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