There is something innate about power. Everyone has power within. Especially this fist pumping baby.
For the full effect be sure to click here to see the on the fly video by local radio station KUTX 98.9 with music by Sweet Spirit.
Has your day significantly improved after seeing that? I know mine has.
Taking Refuge in The Self
I first heard this phrase attending a meditation workshop hosted by yoga instructor Jeremy Devens at Sanctuary Yoga at least a year ago or so. This phrase, “taking refuge in self” has remained with me. It gives me a sense of strength, of home in my life and spirit regardless of circumstance.
Do I have to do it all by myself?
Before going any further, I want to point out that taking refuge in self does not mean it is you vs. the world. This is about healthy self empowerment, not isolation.
Jeremy shared that this phrase is something his mentor taught him. And now this little bit of knowledge is something I want to share with you. Take refuge in self. Everyone has power within.
It may not seem obvious at first, but everything we need to succeed, we already have within ourselves. Instead of looking outward or comparing our lives to others, focusing within can allow us to face any compartmentalized emotions, feel what we ignore (deliberately or not) where to shift our energy to work for us, even reveal the baby steps to get to where we want to be. As weird as it sounds, you may realize where you are and not where you thought you were, what thought patterns hold you back, or what works for you. You may simply find gratitude for where you are. If you don’t know where you are, how do you know where you are going?
But what about money? What about that dream job? What about…? Sure, having more money may make something much easier, but how much power are you giving money in your life? Without an abundance of money, are you able to find happiness? Are you still able to work toward your dreams? Of course. Everything we need to grow is already within. Our own negativity, doubt, and fears may just be what’s in the way. Everyone has power within. To change how we use our inner power, we need to gain a better understanding of how to tap into it.
Tap into your inner power
If you are reading this, I assume you already practice yoga or meditation. Or, maybe you are curious. What other healing methods can you apply to your life to shift your energy in a positive powerful force? One example I will share today is called tapping.
Tapping is a lesser known healing technique I learned about from a friend Jewell Siebert, founder of Life Upgraded. As a mom, an Officer in the National Guard, and Success Coach, this woman wears many hats. Tapping is one tool she uses to get through mental blocks we create. It is a very gentle technique I like to call smacking some sense into yourself. I promise, it doesn’t hurt.
Tapping is the nickname for Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT. EFT is similar to ancient Chinese acupuncture or acupressure, about without needles or electro stimulation. Instead, EFT combines tapping your fingers on your meridian points with positive mental focus. When combined with setting deep intention this has been useful to rewire thinking patterns, and ultimately our actions. One practice I love that Jewell leads is a live stream tapping session or private and one on one. One of the coolest things is that there is no one telling you what to do, just exercises and guidance to find what works for you. Now, that is taking refuge in self. When a client comes to Jewell with her own same challenges, they work on them together. Learn more about tapping here.
Remember, be kind to yourself. Your spirit is sweet. And so is this band. Just ask the fist pumping baby.
Anyway, if I’m feeling down or stuck, music (and yoga) are my go-to tools to lift my spirit. Music helps me get a new perspective, for inspiration, a personal outlet, to get moving, or just to soothe the soul. I don’t even think about it too hard. I just put some music on, and let it flow.
Without local Austin radio station KUTX 98.9, it is highly unlikely I would have heard of the band Sweet Spirit. Explore the playlists in the links below to feel the power:
Note* I am not paid, compensated, sponsored, endorsed, or coerced in any way to promote KUTX98.9, Sweet Spirit, or Jewell Siebert. I genuinely enjoy and respect the people, organizations, products or practices I write about.