How you view yourself, who you are, what you are capable of and how you impact the world around you is all connected to confidence. Becoming more empowered and confident may seem hard to do, especially if your feelings of low self-esteem and self-worth have become a way of life.
We ALL have the same potential. If you approach everything with a self-confident attitude, you are using the ability to control your thoughts, transform your life, and do good things for the world. You have to be aware and conscious of that potential, understanding how it can serve you, and others. Self-confidence can be hard to maintain if we let certain feelings and external forces effect us. Low self-esteem is the result of not being able to let go of negative ways of thinking.
Do you focus on your limitations, fixating on about what you can’t do, instead of what you can? Do you have a realistic view of what those limitations are, or have you created them based on your own assumptions? If you maintain an unattainable standard of perfection, you are limiting a whole host of possibilities.
What would happen if you accepted your imperfection and found confidence in the fact that you are not going to be great at everything you do? There’s a wonderful freedom in feeling that way. It’s the freedom to break down and redefine what ‘limitations’ mean in your life. Self-confidence must be nourished to thrive within us. When guilt, fear, lack of trust or shame takes hold of the psyche, they can cut off the lifeblood of strength, self-worth and confidence. The most wonderful events and experiences can be lost on someone who feels they don’t deserve goodness and love.
Join me this fall, during my ‘Walking With Empowerment‘ tour, were I’ll be sharing proven techniques that help you to recognize your potential within, and let go of the idea of perfection so you can become more confidence and learn to feel joy and true satisfaction.
At Workshop I will be offering an optional Japa Initiation. Japa is a spiritual discipline involving the repetition of a mantra or name of a divine power. It is great preparation for meditation, and speeds up the effects of meditation. Below you will find a story from an SQ Member, who shares how Japa has helped in her life.
“One Friday morning I was walking in the park with my friend when my phone rang and it was my husband. Normally he doesn’t call when he’s working so I decided to answer the call and he told me that a truck had hit his car while he was driving on the highway in New York and the car was badly damaged.
I could hear in his voice how shook up he was and I could feel his fear and anxiety in my body. I asked if he was ok and he said he was. I knew there was nothing I could do except wait for his next call so I decided to continue walking with my friend. After I hung up my whole body shook inside so I had to stop and I began to pray for my husband.
As soon as I got home I began to worry more. My mind began to construct tragic stories about the accident even though my husband said he was ok. I was thinking he wasn’t calling me because he was in the hospital or just more drama. It was then that I felt a strong urge to do Japa.
It was challenging to focus on Japa through the fears, drama and tears. I just kept reminding myself, keep my eye on God, keep my eye on the teacher – trust in trust and faith in faith. I thought of the story from the Bhagavad Gita, when the wife of the pandavas was being stripped of her sari by the kurus – she kept her focus on God and her sari never ended and she remained covered.
My inner battle exposed my doubts, but the more I focused the more I felt one with the teacher. The greatest sensation of trust filled my being.
I heard the phone ring and knew it was my husband- finally! As much as I wanted to run to the phone, I knew I had to continue Japa until it was complete. Once finished I rushed to the phone and I called my husband back and everything was absolutely fine. He was not physically harmed despite his car looking like someone took a can opener. He was much calmer and so was I. I am so happy he is he is healthy, and I am truly grateful for the teachings and the experience to seem them really work!”