Power is a force within ourselves. A force of our unique talents to create. A force of our focused thoughts to manifest. A force of our open willingness to see our lives with new eyes. Force requires an energy source. Our power is fueled by confidence, connectedness, and living out our truth. When desire gains momentum and takes flight, we enter new patterns of orbit. Watch out world. Here we are.
Power is the rate of doing work or the rate of using energy. They are equivalent, aren’t they? As you think of your productivity at work or your calorie burn in the gym, contemplate your power in both respects – the rate at which you are working and the rate at which you are consuming energy.
Power allows us to move quickly and forcefully when we need to. But it also allows us to pull back and wait for the right opportunity to strike. As demonstrated in the exercise of the week – the power knee – power requires complete control over the movement. Being able to perform a movement at variable speed takes skill and control, and this ability manifests greater power.
So, we practice…landing. Quarterbacks learn how to get hit by defensive players. A figure skater practicing a new jump, a diver mastering a new dive, or a baby learning how to walk, these “athletes” learn how to fall to avoid (or mitigate) injury. An instructor watches her class and learns which cues are “landing” well. There is experience and there is feedback. We don’t usually land perfectly the first time out, but our power increases as we learn to land softly. We learn to embrace the landing even when it’s not the landing we are seeking or striving for.
Picture the following scenarios and ask yourself which role would feel more powerful in the moment, after the moment, and watching the moment (e.g. in televised replay).
1. An argument in which one person is yelling at another. The other person stands calmly without saying a word.
2. You are a person of “authority” (e.g., manager, boss, teacher, parent). Scenario 1, you make another person do something. Scenario 2, you inspire the other person to do something.
3. Reverse roles in #2. You are the subordinate. How does your power grow or diminish when forced to do something vs. choosing to do something?
4. Reflect on a powerful time in your life. Did you feel powerful at the time? How did your feelings toward the situation change over time? Explore why.
Bonus: Notice any power struggles in your work, personal relationships, or casual interactions (e.g. at the grocery store) this week. Is gratitude absent? Is misunderstanding or miscommunication rampant? Does one party hold a sense of superiority or righteousness? Can you detect fear in the struggle?
Power knees. Powerfully effective. Practice your power in as well as your power out. Instructional video here. Practice landings that are soft and precise. Cultivate a powerful presence through your words, music, voice, eye contact, example. How are you going to express your power this week? Our goal is to see ourselves accurately…to realize that we are, in fact, powerful beyond measure.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. And as we let our own light shine,we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. ~Marianne Williamson
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