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Simple and Affordable Self-Care Strategies for a Healthier Way of Life

Posted: June 4, 2019 at 11:28 pm

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Most of us think of self-care as something that’s expensive and takes a lot of time, but it really shouldn’t be that way. Instead of looking at self-care as indulgence, we should think of self-care as meeting our basic needs. When you simplify it this way, it’s easier to create a routine so it becomes part of your daily life, not a deviation from it. Even if you invest a little in comforts and tools for everyday self-care, it’s easy to stay within your budget with cost-conscious shopping.

Put Your Physical Needs First

The reason we have a concept of self-care in the first place is that we’re so accustomed to doing things for others that we often put our own needs last. Psychology Today explains how failing to make our own needs a priority is damaging to ourselves and those around us. At a very basic level, practicing self-care starts with meeting our physical needs, including eating well, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough rest.

If you have a hard time getting quality sleep at night, take a good look at your bedroom and see how you can switch things up to make it a more relaxing space. You can usually find good deals on cozy bedding, comfortable pillows, a supportive mattress, and sleep gadgets at popular stores like Target. Plus, you can save even more money by using Target coupons and promo codes when you shop.

Schedule It

Along with our physical needs, we need self-care in all aspects of our lives, including social, mental, spiritual, and emotional self-care. If this sounds like a lot to make time for, the best strategy is to work self-care activities into your regular schedule. To do this, Life Goal Mag recommends keeping a simple routine and staying flexible.

One example is to keep a flexible schedule for physical activity. Exercise meets your physical needs, but it’s also good for your mental health, and it can even be social. Whatever activity you enjoy, set a regular time for it. At the same time, give yourself tools to adapt when your schedule gets thrown off. So, if you normally go to a certain exercise class but have to miss it on occasion, consider investing in affordable gear like free weights so you can work out at home on those days.

Try a New Hobby

The idea of trying something new may seem like an extra strain on your time (rather than an everyday necessity), but finding a new hobby may just be the self-care strategy you’re missing. This is because many of us get caught up in our everyday habits without even realizing how much time we waste on things that don’t make us happy. One prime example is the amount of time we spend on social media. Thankfully, taking a social media break is absolutely free!

Picking up a hobby is an excellent way to replace those unhealthy habits and meet basic self-care needs. For example, doing something with your hands, like creating art, knitting, or gardening, can be incredibly relaxing. The trick to starting a hobby affordably is to always shop smart for supplies, whether that means going to discount stores or using online coupons.

Another cost-conscious idea is to make a hobby of doing DIY projects, like this DIY herbal eye pillow from Medium. Making something useful is a perfect way to care for your mental health because the end product gives you such a sense of accomplishment. You get even more benefit from making something that aids relaxation, like the eye pillow. Plus, you can usually purchase supplies for less money than buying brand new products.

All of these strategies are geared toward being intentional about how you spend your time. Your time is valuable, and the way you choose to spend it on a regular basis is what self-care is really all about. Making these strategies part of your everyday life is affordable, simple, and essential for your well being.

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June 4th, 2019 at 11:28 pm

Community empowerment | Changes

Posted: April 5, 2019 at 11:41 am

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Community empowerment

Supporting individuals and organisations to work in ways which are empowering and achieve empowerment

There are many assumptions connected with the term and practice of community empowerment which make both concept and application problematic, confusing and potentially meaningless. These include assumptions that:

Research indicates that a lack of empowering approaches in the past may have left a legacy of people, and communities, feeling: disillusioned, cynical, apathetic, disinterested, angry, confrontational and over-consulted.

Staff working in both public and voluntary sectors often face this reality and, whilst focusing on priorities around community empowerment, it can be helpful to remember how easy it is for people to feel disempowered and how engagement can take place in ways which are more empowering than others

Four key points:

Community empowerment is about working in ways which empower people ways which mean that people feel confident, that they and the groups they are involved in are inclusive and organised, that networks are formed, are cooperative and support each other and ultimately they are influential. These are the 5 Community Empowerment Dimensions which inform all our work at changes, and which are drawn from the DiCE planning and evaluation framework.

By confident, we mean, working in a way which increases peoples skills, knowledge and confidence and instils a belief that they can make a differenceBy inclusive, we mean working in a way which recognises that discrimination exists, promotes equality of opportunity and good relations between groups and challenges inequality and exclusionBy organised, we mean working in a way which brings people together around common issues and concerns in organisations and groups that are open, democratic and accountableBy cooperative, we mean working a way which builds positive relationships across groups, identifies common messages, develops and maintains links to national bodies and promotes partnership workingBy influential, we mean working in a way which encourages and equips communities to take part and influence decisions, services and activities

Community empowerment is the product of putting the values of community development into action.

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40 Powerful Mental Strength Quotes for Personal Empowerment

Posted: March 20, 2019 at 9:45 am

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Quotes can be much then a source of inspiration and motivation. When used as a contemplation or affirmation they can be transforming!

With the Labor Day weekend here and most of us have a long weekend this would be a great time for some focused contemplation and affirmations.or as Tony Robbins says describes them incantations.

To give a brief overview of each so youll be able to experience the power of the below mental strength quotes here are the basics.

Contemplation focusing on a single thought and asking questions about how this quote applies or can apply to your life. The contemplation should last 5 minutes and ONLY focus on a single quote and deeply think about its meaning, what it means to you, how you can use it, how it can help you. Keep creating deeper questions. If you can answer the question quickly go deeper. At some point you should stump yourself and have to wait for the answer. This is contemplation.

Affirmation/Incantations Again, select one quote and repeat is out loud (to yourself) with emotion. This is not a simple memorization process; this is to create energy, passion and new belief. Also, select a different word to emphasize. Say that you select Mens best successes come after their disappointments. For the first 5 times you say it out loud with energy on the entire phrase. Then emphasize the word mens, for 5 times, then best, and so forth until you have repeated the entire phrase. I find this process very inspirational when I talk a walk.

If you really want to experience a shift this weekend, combine the contemplation and affirmations. Perform the contemplation first thing in the morning for 5 minutes. Then go out for a walk and use the same quote and perform your incantations.

I guarantee you feel a difference.

Sohere are 40 very powerful mental strength quotes for personal empowerment and personal success.

1. Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. Albert Einstein

2. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau

3. Inspiration and geniusone and the same. Victor Hugo

4. To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: Leave no stone unturned. Edward Bulwer Lytton

5. If you would create something, you must be something. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6. Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. Horace Bushnell

8. Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself. W. C. Doane

9. Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? George Eliot

10. No great man ever complains of want of opportunities. Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can. Thomas Carlyle

12. Mens best successes come after their disappointments. Henry Ward Beecher.

13. Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. Leon J. Suenes

14. The power of imagination makes us infinite. John Muir

15. First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus

16. It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, Always do what you are afraid to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. George S. Patton

18. If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. St. Clement of Alexandra

19. We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day. Thornton Wilder

21. The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke

22. Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. Johann Gottfried Von Herder

23. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

24. Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. Voltaire

25. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe Latin Proverb

26. Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. Benjamin Disraeli

27. You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. Author Unknown

28. The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

29. o not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. William B. Sprague

30. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. Samuel Johnson

31. Fortune favors the brave. Publius Terence

32. hen the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are. Richard Hooker

33. He who hesitates is lost. Proverb

34. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein

35. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

36. We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls. Winston Churchill

37. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson

38. For hope is but the dream of those that wake. Matthew Prior

39. Constant dripping hollows out a stone. Lucretius

40. Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purposea point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. Mary Shelley

Please let me know how you plan to use these quotes, or if you have a favorite of your own in the comments below.and enjoy the long deserve it!

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March 20th, 2019 at 9:45 am

Personal Empowerment Programs – Empowerment Institute

Posted: January 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm

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A Methodology for Creating Your Life As You Want It

Three decades ago, the idea of empowerment was fresh and daring. As young as the word itself, we, (David and Gail) both felt that empowerment would be at the heart of our lifes work. In our earliest days together, sitting with yellow legal pads at our kitchen table overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir and the Catskill Mountains, we planned our wedding ceremony and then seamlessly turned to designing our fledgling Empowerment Workshop. So intertwined was our love with our passion for this work, that ten days after we were married, we launched our first workshop. As we celebrate our third decade of marriage, our bond of love is stronger than ever and our passion for empowerment more compelling than ever.

All those years ago, neither we, nor the world, knew what empowerment really meant. We knew it was about helping people to grow and realize their full potential. We also knew that it was about more than just healing and fixing problems. But what exactly was its purpose? Why was this idea entering the lexicon of change strategies with such force? Over these three decades, an extraordinarily diverse, visionary, and committed community of people was attracted to our training programs to help us discover the answers to these questions.

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January 9th, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Home Institute for Recovery

Posted: December 19, 2018 at 9:43 am

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The work of the Institute is rooted in a set of passionate beliefs: that people can and do recover from mental health challenges and addiction: that all people-including recipients of behavioral health services-must have opportunities to participate fully in the communities of their choice; that peers helping peers is integral to the recovery process; and that we must transform our systems of care into systems of hope.

The Institute for Recoveryworks to introduce and advance communities' understanding of recovery as the catalyst for transforming individual lives, communities, and all levels of behavioral health systems in a culturally competent manner.

What is Recovery?

Recovery is a self determined and holistic journey that people undertake to heal and grow.

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support is the building and nurturing of relationships between peers which assists individuals in their journey of recovery and wellness. Some characteristics of this relationship include mutual respect, trust, hope and education.

What is a Certified Peer Specialist?

A Certified Peer Specialist is a paid staff person with a mental health or co-occurring disorder who has been trained and certified to help her/his peers identify and achieve specific life goals. The Certified Peer Specialist promotes self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in recovery, and assists people with mental health challenges to regain control over their lives and their recovery process.

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December 19th, 2018 at 9:43 am

How To Define Your Personal Empowerment Goals

Posted: November 14, 2018 at 4:40 pm

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Personal empowerment is about taking control over your life. Of course, life is multi-faceted. There could be many areas of your life that you want to improve or feel more control over for example, your finances, your career, your health and maybe even your love life.

Instead of feeling like a victim or like circumstances control you, you can become empowered. The first step to empowerment is to begin to identify goals.

Take a look at your life and start asking questions. Focus on where you feel most happy and where you feel unhappy. Unhappiness may stem from not feeling appreciated, purposeful, or respected. Explore where you feel unhappy and why. You can then set goals to reduce or even eliminate that unhappiness.

For example, if youre unhappy because you never have any energy, you can begin researching the cause of your lack of energy. You can then set a goal to get more sleep, eat better, or you visit a health care practitioner to identify the cause.

Whether you feel like a victim of circumstance, your past, or a victim of a person or organisation, you can regain control and set empowerment goals to move past this feeling. For example, maybe you feel like a victim of circumstance with your current financial situation. Assess why you feel like a victim and what you can do to turn around the situation.

What are your strengths? When do you feel most confident? In what areas of your life do you feel like youre most in control? Sometimes when you focus more on these areas of your life and strengthen your sense of joy and empowerment, it spills over into other areas of your life.

Identifying and defining your personal empowerment goals takes some time and deep thought. Give yourself time to think about how you feel about your life and what steps you can take to make your future one that youre excited about.

Grab a notebook and start jotting down goals and ideas for your future. Dont just stop at the goal that you want to set for yourself; also identify how youre going to achieve that goal. What steps are you going to take? Identifying your goals is the first step to living a more empowered life.

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Reclaim Your Soul: Your Journey to Personal Empowerment …

Posted: August 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm

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Personal and Professional Empowerment Coaching for Women …

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What is a Life Coach?

A life coach is a highly trained professional whose role is to help guide you to a deepened knowledge and awareness of your own best self and to assist in the development of tools that enable you to more effectively set and achieve specific goals, achieve personal empowerment and enhance quality of life.

Aneas unique and highly customized approach to coaching women is rooted in the belief that the average woman has been socialized out of knowing and valuing her authentic self. Commonly, after the age of 9 we begin to adhere to a societal standard that dictates how a woman is supposed to look, act and speak in order to be considered beautiful, desirable and acceptable. This typically leads us to tuck away the natural self-love we feel as a child and all the inner knowing we carry about ourselves and the world around us, and replace it with data related to being what everyone else wants or needs us to be. Over time, much like we forget what is in the keepsake box we stored in the attic decades ago, by the time we are 30, 40 and 50 years-old, we have forgotten how to truly love ourselves and trust our inner voice.

Aneas work with a woman is dedicated to guiding her back around to her authentic self and supporting her in creating a daily experience in her personal and professional life that reflects and honors the woman she is.

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August 11th, 2018 at 8:43 am

Empowering Yourself | Personal Empowerment

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7 Ways to Empower Yourself

Every now and then, people need self empowerment to achieve more, get over worries and troubles and create a healthy disposition to permanently take charge of their lives. You can rely on certain people and programs to get motivation and courage, but in the end, you should also understand the basic steps of pushing yourself to go further, grow and survive, regardless of the conditions. Here are some steps on how to do self empowerment.

1. The Meaning of Self Empowerment

Self empowerment is described as becoming an active and involved participant in techniques and exercises that will lead to future personal success. The way you motivate and fuel yourself will clearly define your goals and objectives in life, thereby causing you to stick with the challenges no matter how hard these could be. All of the most successful individuals in history are known to be good at self empowerment. In fact, they are so good at it that they can pass on their abilities and encourage others as well. Read more sources on how to become a better you.

2. Stay Positive

The first step in self empowerment is to stay positive or optimistic about your conditions and situation. It is very important to take on a positive attitude so that you always see the best side of things in the many challenges that you will face. A positive disposition will easily trigger you to do better, find resolutions to problems and look for other support systems, until you finally reach your goals.

3. Find Your Strengths

Competitors, since these can motivate you to push harder until you succeed. Take a pen and paper and list down all the qualities that you have, which will eventually lead to your goal. Be honest with yourself. For example, write down Discipline, with a short definition that corresponds to how this particular trait will help you how become a better you in the field.

4. Strengthen Your Weaknesses

It is equally important to realise some of your weaknesses and accept the fact that you should practice some measures to eventually turn these into strengths. Accepting your weaknesses will empower you and help you find techniques that will prevent others from banking on these. Practice will change your weaknesses into strengths. For example, if one of your known weaknesses is Impatience, you can start working on the problem by slowly participating in activities wherein patience is enhanced, such as waiting in line or talking to a child.

5. Being a Leader

Being a leader means that you have the capacity to lead others, especially yourself. Leadership means that you have a lot of abilities and a high tendency to empower yourself personally that the excess or techniques can be radiated to people who need it the most as well. As you find others succeeding and following under your guidance, you will discover that your support for other people also equates to more self empowerment. You will start to appreciate your talents and potential in a whole new light.

6. Stick with the Successful

If you want to be truly successful, you have to learn and understand the ways of people who are already successful. Successful individuals have a knack of empowering themselves, especially when trying times are present. You have to stay away from pessimists and start relating with people who believe in their own talents and capabilities. You will realise that most of these individuals are leaders, optimists and keep to themselves. They do not waste time worrying about other people, but lead willing followers instead.

You can find a lot of self empowering individuals at work, at home and even from different parts of the globe through the internet. Join online discussion boards and forums and then talk about the various techniques that will empower you for life.

7. Final Self Empowerment Tips

Spend time alone in a quiet and comfortable place then breathe deeply. Close your eyes and just listen to the sound of your breathing. Clear your head of all troubles and worries then start focusing on your goal. Imagine yourself being part of that successful goal, with the methods and plans going accordingly.

Tell yourself that you are a strong, deserving and talented individual who can accomplish anything, as long as you put enough effort into the task. Tell yourself that nothing is impossible because you are equipped with all the right tools and traits for the job. Self empowerment starts from within, and radiates externally.

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August 11th, 2018 at 8:42 am

Self-Empowerment – Leigh Tremaine – Self-Help that Works

Posted: August 8, 2018 at 5:45 pm

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Self-empowerment is necessary for us to live authentically, find self-realisation, and fulfil our life purpose. Self-empowerment is a state of being that is available to us all, despite the widespread feeling of powerlessness and the unresourceful states of self-denial, low self-worth, and fear that commonly sabotage our self-empowerment.

In this post I will give an explanation of self-empowerment, from the perspective of authentic living, and will explain how to embrace this state with the practice of mindfulness and personal growth, so that we can live successfully and fulfil our life purpose. I will also reveal the hidden factors to self-empowerment that need to be addressed that are often omitted in the narratives of the self-help movement, such as enculturation and socialisation.

Self-empowerment is the state of having the social, economic, psychological, and spiritual power to meet our needs, and the ability to express this power. Often self-empowerment is used in contrast to states of non-resourcefulness and social exclusion, which are disempowering. Self-empowerment does not require others to give us power, but rather requires us to own and use our inner power, skills, and resourcefulness to meet our needs.

Self-empowerment is the positive expression of power, as it relates to self-actualisation and self-fulfilment. It contrasts with the negative expression of power that is exercised over others in the form of manipulation, coercion, and force. The negative expression of power is an ego-based attempt to control the external world by directing the will of others or using their energy. This negative expression of power is based on a sense of lack, and actually comes from a state of disempowerment and desperation.

When a person lacks self-empowerment, they are in a state of disempowerment, lacking the skills and resources to meet their needs. They then become dependent on others to the extent that they are disempowered. The problem with this is four-fold:

These four problems explain why the powers of mass society resort to techniques of appeasement and distraction to hold together societytechniques known since Roman times as bread and circus. Without institutionalised appeasement and distraction, there is a risk that the frustrations of disempowerment and inauthentic living will lead to the breakdown or overthrow of society, and therefore to the fall of the powers that control mass society.

Self-empowerment involves the three processes of self-awareness, self-liberation, and self-actualisation, which are harnessed for the meeting of our needs.

Self-awareness is gained through mindfulness, self-inquiry, and meditation. It enables us to become aware of our inner source of power and potential, such as our inner resources, skills, talents, aptitudes, and our connection with our authentic self. Self-awareness also enables us to become aware of our authentic needs and our inner blocks. Self-awareness enables us to develop a strategy for meeting our authentic needs, liberating ourselves, and actualising our potential.

Self-liberation is the process of overcoming the inner blocks that sabotage or prevent our successsuch as limiting beliefs, unresolved traumas and complexes, false identifications, draining attachments, dissociative states, and a reactive mind. Self-liberation is gained by combining mindfulness with therapeutic techniques that help to transform and release our inner blocks. An important part of our self-liberation occurs when we use mindfulness to come back to and stay in the present moment, which is where our power is found.

Self-actualisation is the process of manifesting or actualising our potential by using our self-awareness and our mindfulness to consciously direct our will, with a strategy for success. In its ultimate form, self-actualisation is the process of actualising the potential of our authentic self, so that we become more ourselves and manifest our true life purpose. This is an important point because if we are not aware of our authentic self, we may be trying to fulfil the desires of our reactive ego-self, which may not be authentic needs.

As well as working on these three processes, it is worthwhile to gather support from other people interested in your self-empowerment, whether they be mentors, teachers, therapists, life coaches, friends, or loved ones. These people can provide insight, feedback, training, and encouragement.

Self-empowerment requires that we embrace the shadow self. The shadow self holds the unconscious aspects of our personality that we do not wish to own, and therefore do not consciously integrate. These unconscious aspects are the qualities we have that we do not want to admit to, usually out of fear. They are often the negative traits we condemn in others, but they can also be the positive traits we reserve for our idols, heroes, or divinity.

To discover our shadow self we can work mindfully in self-inquiry, digging deep into our personality with our self-awareness. We can also seek out the opinions of an honest friend who can tell us things about us that we may not want to hear, or are surprised to hear. In the process of revealing our shadow aspects, it is crucial to stay mindful and centred to avoid the reactivity that may cause us not to accept these aspects.

Once discovered, we can start to own these shadow aspects with self-acceptance, and transform them if necessary before integrating them. For example, if we have a negative trait of being a complainer, we need to own the fact that we complain. As we own the trait, we can observe mindfully any emotions that arisesuch as guilt, shame, embarrassment, and fearand accept them without identifying with them or reacting to them. Then we can transform the trait by uncovering through self-inquiry the positive need buried within it that has become distorted. Once we find the positive need behind the trait, we can release it and redefine its expression in an undistorted, authentic way.

For example, with a complainer, the positive need may be to live at an acceptable standard, and once this need is uncovered, we can redefine the terms of our acceptable standards so that they are based on accepting our present moment experience and our potential. We can also define how we can actively go about living at an acceptable standard in place of passively complaining about situations.

Sometimes there may be many layers to peel back. For example, the need to live at an acceptable standard may mask a need to avoid a certain consequence that our parents went through when we were a child. In this example we can work on our insecurity or reframe the belief to acknowledge that the consequence that our parents went through is in the past and probably does not apply to us.

Self-empowerment requires that we break free of the trance of mass society with mindfulness. This is particularly challenging as it requires us to release our social conditioning and some very deep attachments and illusions.

One of the ways that we are held in trance is through the power of spectacle. Spectacle is created in the mass media and in the patterns of social behaviour that are adopted in response. The use of entertainment as a spectacle to entrance a population so that they are appeased and distracted from the issues of self-development and social organisationand so do not challenge the status quowas written about by the ancient Roman poet Juvenal when he wrote about the practice of bread and circuses and the deterioration of society in his Satire X. Today the circus is the image-saturated sensationalism of the mass media, broadcast to us 24/7 through the television and the Internet. The sensationalism of the non-stop media holds us in trance by fixating our attention and stimulating the release of dopamine as we react to the sensationalism of a news story, a video, a soap opera, a movie, an advert, or an imagewhich explains how easily we can become addicted to spectacle, and why the television and Internet dominate our lives and render us passive.

Apart from news and entertainment, we are also held in trance by more subtle representations of life, which take the place of our direct, authentic experience of living. These representations of life are created through marketing and PR, and by the consumer culture of mass society, which reduces life to images of what we want, and reduces authentic social relationships to impersonal relationships based on the relationship between commodities. The spectacle traps us, unknowingly, in a virtual reality, making the image more important than the real, natural world, and our roles more important than our authentic self. This leads to the estrangement of people from themselves, each other, and the natural environmentthe essence of inauthentic living.

When we are addicted to spectacle, and trapped in a reductive worldview, we clearly lose our power and authenticity. We dissociate. We need to wake up the spectator and become the mindful observer by bringing the power of mindfulness to bear on our experience of society and its culture, including the way we behave in society, the roles we play and identify with, and the unquestioned beliefs and values we inherit from its culture.

Self-empowerment requires that we identify the things that are inauthentic by considering, from the viewpoint of our authentic self, whether they limit our authenticity or not. If we have already created a list of our authentic values while present in our authentic self, it becomes easy to test the values and norms of the society we live in against these authentic values to see if they support them or conflict with them. For example, there may be a behavioural norm in society that would keep us in a state of separation or disregard for the whole that we are part of. This will conflict with the authentic value of wholeness, and so we can recognise this norm as a pattern to release because it encourages us to be inauthentic.

Releasing a social norm is often not a trivial activity. The level of attachment we may have to it is often very deep and habitually reinforced by millions of other people, amongst which may be our colleagues, friends, and loved ones whose disapproval we may fear if we release that social norm. Furthermore, we are also faced with the fear of being unsupported by society, or of reorganising our entire life which may require further attachments to be let go of, such as the work we do, the things we buy, the things we own, and the people we form relationships with.

At each instance we can face our resistance with mindful self-inquiry and overcome it, and trust in the process that the big step we are taking is towards authenticity and not towards our doom. Uncertainty about releasing attachments is itself a resistance, and can be overcome once we stay centred in our authentic self. Developing a network of authentic relationships and authentic community as support through this social change is of great benefit.

The empowering feelings of compassion and gratitude help us to break through the spectacle of inauthentic living, piercing its veils to expose the magic of life and the love that connects us as a whole. These feelings are the nectar of the godsanomalies that contradict the virtual reality that dominates our lives, and that show us that life is infinitely richer, deeper, and more meaningful than the spectacle of materialism would have us believe. These feelings help us to value the gift of life and are therefore prime motivators for sustainability. Cultivate these feelings, along with mindfulness, and you will have the keys to the kingdom of your self-empowerment, and the reward of authentic living.

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Self-Empowerment - Leigh Tremaine - Self-Help that Works

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August 8th, 2018 at 5:45 pm

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