Take back your power. Change your story.

The below is paraphrased from a meditation by Deepak Chopra that touched me deeply. It's so inline with our conversations together, that I wanted to share it with you.

Is there a place in your life where you’ve given your power away and fit into someone else’s idea of who you should be?

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We give away our power, usually unconsciously. But taking back your power is the key to changing your story. This pertains especially to the burdens you're carrying, because almost every time someone is weighed down physically, mentally or emotionally, they believe they have to live that way.

The feeling of being trapped can have tragic consequences, as when someone feels powerless to leave an abusive situation.

Once a person feels helpless and powerless, that's who they feel they are. It's not like a coat you can take off whenever you want to.

So what causes us to be shaped in ways that make us feel powerless, helpless and victimized? Certain cultural forces are invisible, pressuring us without being noticed. Some of the most pervasive themes that get reinforced in society are winner and loser. Lovable and unlovable. Victim and perpetrator. Smart and stupid. Beautiful and ugly. Givers and takers. These are boxes we slip into over time.

When you put yourself and other people into any of these boxes, you have lost the power to shape the story yourself. You have a right to define yourself by who you actually choose to be.

*TAKING BACK THE POWER MEANS SPEAKING AND ACTING ACCORDING TO YOUR OWN TRUTH.*

So the next time you're tempted to look at yourself and think things like unattractive, unlovable, loser, etc., sense the lid of a box shutting on your head. Just say to yourself:

"I'M NOT GOING THERE. I WILL NOT BE PUT INTO A BOX."

At that very moment, you're getting your power back.

Denise Csaky