In a time of increased racial conflict, devastating hurricanes and floods, we see the power and furry of nature and the emergence of heroes that save the day and our faith in humanity. I think Mariah Carey coined it best with her 1993 Grammy award winning song “Hero.” The lyrics from this song remind us that we are stronger than we think: “And you cast your fears aside, and you know you can survive. So, when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong. And you’ll finally see the truth that a hero lies in you.”
Remember those words when you are challenged with conflict and adversity in this fast-paced technology driven society. Individuals have the power to make a difference in the world by leading by example. Channel your inner strength to find where your power lies.
Taking control and ownership over things you have authority of is empowering. For instance, if you wish you had more money but are stuck in a job with no advancement, decide how you spend your finances. Decide what you can cut from your budget to save, while you look at other possible solutions. It could mean taking your lunch, which is typically better for you, and will save you money. When we think of transformation and empowerment we think BIG but in the words of an old Chinese proverb “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Take control and find strength in managing your thoughts, ideas and plans, one step, one day at a time.
“What we think, we become” – Buddha
Fortunately, our strengths are usually magnified during challenging times. Like during the death of a loved one, a divorce, loss of income, single parenting, issues with addiction or during a health crisis to name a few. It is in these moments, we find our inner strength to survive. Not everyone makes it out of a battle intact. We see this from real life scenarios like when our soldiers go to war but not all return. Those who do return are forever changed by what they saw, what they did and how they overcame. This is the same metamorphis that takes place with us in our daily lives.
I recently posted this statement on Facebook, “Here’s to redirecting our thoughts for higher vibration and better quality of life,” along with the quote: “What we think, we become” by Buddha. I made this post to encourage others and to remind myself of the power of affirmation. Anyone who knows me, knows that I use a lot of quotes and affirmation. They are my secret weapon when I need power over everyday obstacles. Affirmations are tools you can use at any time with no assistance from others.
On top of our personal issues, the Madison Avenue marketing machine works around the clock to diminish our strength by telling and showing us how we are not enough. Advertising implies that unless we eat, drink and use these products we are not truly living. The truth is we could do with a lot less stuff in our lives, although these items may provide some perceived value to the overall life experience for many. Keep in mind, our planet is eroding and the air is stagnate. Our water supply is toxic, our food is tainted and mislabeled, because corporations want to make profits with no social responsibility. Pharmaceutical companies tell us day and night how sick we are. The drug commercials on TV suggests we will not survive unless we ask our doctors to prescribe drugs that lead to us being permanent customers and addicted. This in turn will fuel the health care system and the cycle of predatory marketing and consumerism will continue. What can we as individual do?
Perhaps if we adapted an old design concept that says, “less is more” it would be beneficial. The term was first used in 1855 in a poem by Robert Browning. Less is more is defined as “The notion that simplicity and clarity lead to good design.” The phrase became popular with the architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. We could use this premise to approach how we might improve our lives by decluttering. This will create more space in our lives, homes, minds and hearts. When you focus and imagine the possibility of less inequality, less injustice, less mass incarceration, less anger, less divisiveness, less stress, less hate, less consumer consumption, less GMO’s, less water and air pollution the very thought becomes therapeutic.
“So, when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong. And you’ll finally see the truth that a hero lies in you.
Sometimes it feels like we are on a bad trip and we are praying that someone will stop the psychedelic ride so we can get off! Especially in this current political climate. Our core values as citizens of humanity are being threatened. We are time traveling back to a period of shame, and barbaric treatment of our fellow human beings. We must create a social consciousness that uses our power and positive energy to come out on the other side in a better place. When we are still through prayer, meditation, focusing and deep breathing we can realign our energy. Then we can breathe, think and be deliberate about our actions. This renewed source of energy will give us more strength and power. This surge in power will give us the stamina necessary to sort, target and heal what is ailing our mind, body, soul, planet, market place and ozone.
I can think of several times I have personally been blessed with super power and strength. If you think hard, perhaps you also can remember a time. My mom who will be 100 years old in December is suffering from dementia but use to always say “When I look back over my life I wonder how I made it.”
I’m sure it was the energy of ancestors, the universe and the grace and mercy from above that kept her, and it keeps me also. That super power is available to all of us. Harness your power and energy to empower yourself, your family and your community. Go ahead try it if you dare to vibrate higher. Remember you are stronger than you think!
Be Well My Friends!