Not sure if you’ve hit this point in your life yet, but there will be a time where you just get tired of feeling disconnected… disconnected from God (use your own word for Source/God here), from your body, from the real you, from your authentic life, and from your purpose.
What if you could cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and drop the old patterns that no longer serve you?
I wonder what would happen if you reconnected yourself to more positive and supportive energy, and stepped fully into your most authentic life? Well, that’s what empowered embodiment is.
Empowered Embodiment is an approach to wellness and personal growth that’s about grounding in the present moment, aligning with your purpose, nurturing your physical body, and connecting with like-minded people. Let's get into each of these components and how you can use them to cultivate a more empowered, authentic, and fulfilling life; because that’s what we all really want, right?
Grounding in the Present Moment
This means bringing your awareness to the sensations in your body, your breath, and the environment around you. Be right here, right now. Too often, we get caught up in our thoughts and emotions, which can lead to anxiety, stress, and a sense of disconnection from our bodies. By slowing down (my God, why are we in such a rush!), and focusing on the right-now moment, you can cultivate a sense of calm, clarity, and presence. Just the other day my Uncle was blowin’ up my phone asking me for advice on how to holistically lower his blood pressure. The first thing that I shared with him was “Calm your mind and lower your stress, bro.”
One way to practice grounding is through mindfulness meditation. This doesn’t take a lot of effort on your part. Actually, it takes no effort. Mindfulness meditation means sitting in a quiet space and simply observing (just notice) your thoughts, sensations, and emotions without judgment or trying to change and fix them. As you practice mindfulness, you'll become more aware of the patterns and habits of your mind, and you'll be better equipped to respond to them in a way that serves you instead of putting you into a lower vibration and making you feel like sh*t.
Self-awareness is a key component of empowered embodiment. When you're aware of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, you can make conscious choices from that awareness that aligns with your values and purpose. This can help you break free from old habits that no don’t align with your truest self. In my experience, there are 3 key benefits that come from being more self-aware (not self-conscious):
Improved emotional regulation: When you are self-aware, you have a better understanding of your emotions and how they impact your thoughts, behaviors, and interactions with others. This awareness can help you regulate your emotions more effectively, helping you to control your impulsive reactions or overreactions that can damage relationships and stunt personal growth. In other words, being more self-aware will help you regulate your emotions so that you don’t pop off on somebody and damage a relationship you actually want to be in (unless damage is what you really want, but why though?)
Increased personal growth and development: Self-awareness allows you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your values and beliefs. Having this knowledge can help you make more intentional choices that align with your goals and values, leading to more expansive personal growth and development.
Better interpersonal relationships: When you practice self-awareness, you’re more likely to be able to understand and empathize with others, as well as communicate more effectively. This deepens your relationships (even the one with yourself) and makes them more meaningful, as well as helping you stand in your ‘grown-woman' energy’ where you have a greater ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive and respectful manner.
There are a multitude of ways to cultivate self-awareness, including journaling, coaching, and therapy:
Journaling is a great way to express and explore your thoughts and emotions and identify patterns that may be holding you back. Think of it as recordkeeping for your growth.
I highly recommend coaching because it can provide a supportive environment to explore your inner world, how it’s impacting your present, and gain insights into your beliefs, values, and goals.
I often recommend therapy to my clients in addition to coaching with me mainly because I’m nobody’s therapist, and two, therapy can help you heal and resolve any past trauma that’s blocking your healing and growth. So when I say “are you seeing a therapist?” I mean it in the most nurturing and caring way because it could optimize your healing. Girl, get all the help you need. Ain’t no shame!
Healing and Releasing Old Patterns
Healing and releasing old patterns is an important part of empowered embodiment. When we hold onto old traumas and beliefs, they can impact our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and keep us stuck in negative patterns that are reflected back to us in the life experiences we have. By healing these wounds, we can create space for new growth and positive change.
There are many ways to heal and release old patterns, including coaching (of course), Reiki energy healing, and somatic practices (i.e. Emotional Freedom Tapping, somatic stretching, cold water therapy, etc.) Coaching can help you discover and deepen your own spirituality as a way to overcome blocks and expedite reaching your goals and living a more authentic life, while Reiki energy healing can help you release energetic blocks and balance your energy system. Somatic practices, such as yoga, dance, and bodywork, can help you release physical tension and connect with your body in a new way. Try these out to see how they make a difference. Start somewhere.
Aligning with Your Purpose
Aligning with your purpose is a powerful way to cultivate empowered embodiment. When you're living in alignment with your values, goals, and your heart’s desires, you'll feel more fulfilled, energized, and motivated to create positive change in your life.
To align with your purpose, start by clarifying your values and goals. Get crystal clear on what’s important to you and what you wanna do.
What matters most to you? What do you want to create in your life?
Once you have a clear sense of your purpose, you can start taking one action at a time to bring it into reality. This may involve setting goals, taking risks, doing it afraid despite the fear (and there will be fear), and stepping out of your comfort zone.
Nurturing Your Physical Body
Nurturing your physical body is an essential part of empowered embodiment. When you take care of your body, you'll have more energy, vitality, and resilience to tackle the challenges of life.
As a matter of fact, Mercury is in retrograde as of the date this blog post is published. This is a time to repair the mind, body, and spirit. This is a time to give yourself as much sleep and rest as possible. Proper sleep and rest apply to all times and not just during a retrograde period. Pay attention to your body, your energy levels, and even your mood, and what it’s telling you.
If you need a break, damn it, take it. DRINK MORE WATER AND TAKE MORE NAPS!