Practice Day 24: Power- My Power is for the sake of Becoming Truly Me.

Theme/Mantra: “Power, my Power- is for the sake of becoming fully ME- (not for the sake of controlling others).”


Reading:

Dilemma by David Budbill

I want to be

famous

so I can be

humble

about being

famous.

What good is my

humility

when I am

stuck

in this

obscurity?


Meditation:

Breath of Fire

Sit comfortably, inhale and exhale completely.

When all the air is exhaled, sharply contract or snap your abdomen, causing a short, forceful expulsion of air through your nose.

Repeat these contractions.

Focus on steady, quick breaths that emphasize the exhalation.

Start with 20 consecutive breaths.

Increase to 3 sets of 20.

Breathe normally between sets.

Hold these words in your mind as you breathe, “My entire being is cleansed and purified”.


Physical Movement:

A practice in Humility.

Sit in Child Pose.

(Kneeling with your thighs on your calves, and with your legs slightly apart.)

Bend forward, placing the crown of your head on the floor.

Lift your buttocks and grasp your heels with your hands.

Feel the stretch along the shoulders and upper back.

Hold for as long as is comfortable.

Return to child pose.

Repeat as desired.


Reflection:

Be powerful. But don’t allow your power to be for your own self-aggrandizement alone. Speak your voice boldly- but let the voice be for the sake of the truth you tell, not to draw attention to yourself. Speak in Love.

There is nothing wrong with acknowledging and embracing our own beauty and power- but when we allow that beauty and power to be the things we seek, rather than the love and truth behind them, we have lost sight of what is important.

A good friend and I would remind each other to “Receive the blessing. Heed the Caution.”

If one rules the world, then one has power. And power always comes at the expense of others.

Power over others too often corrupts.

So receive the blessing of your own power- and allow it to move in you.

But heed the caution of how quickly that power become arrogance, that inevitably unnecessarily hurts others for the sake of maintaining that power.



Song: Viva la Vida by Coldplay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvgZkm1xWPE

Lyrics:

I used to rule the world

Seas would rise when I gave the word

Now in the morning I sleep alone

Sweep the streets I used to own


I used to roll the dice

Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes

Listened as the crowd would sing,

"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key

Next the walls were closed on me

And I discovered that my castles stand

Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand


I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing

Roman cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror, my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain

Once you'd gone there was never

Never an honest word

And that was when I ruled the world


It was a wicked and wild wind

Blew down the doors to let me in

Shattered windows and the sound of drums

People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait

For my head on a silver plate

Just a puppet on a lonely string

Oh who would ever want to be king?


I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing

Roman cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror, my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain

I know St. Peter won't call my name

Never an honest word

But that was when I ruled the world


Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh [5x]


Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing

Roman cavalry choirs are singing

Be my mirror, my sword and shield

My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain

I know St. Peter won't call my name

Never an honest word

But that was when I ruled the world



Until Tomorrow- Peace.


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