Connecting to Your Strength

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Every now and then I get into a place where I feel like my strength has gone AWOL. I either know what I need to do in my head and can’t connect with my heart to make it happen, or I’m so lost I have no idea what to do or where to turn.

Recently one of my clients was in this space, and we did a little exercise around strength, where I had her visualize a ball of light and connect it to the strength in her body. She had a major shift, feeling one with her strength and ready to navigate through her current situation. I can’t speak for her to say exactly what the shift was, but I did notice something different about her. She held her head higher, was able to breathe deeper, and spoke with certainty that she would not only survive her current space, but that she could hold her head high while doing so, rather than cowering in the corner and wither away in guilt.

What was powerful about this was that her situation didn’t change, but her perspective did. Simply seeing her situation through her strength’s eyes rather than her guilt’s eyes changed her.

This morning I recorded the exercise we did and want to share the 4-minute audio with you here. Would love for you to listen and connect to your strength, even if you feel like you’re already connected. (Just click on the link above or press play in the audio player below to listen now, or right-click and save to listen at your leisure)

I’d love to hear from you:

What is it to be connected to your strength?

What do you notice about yourself when you’re connected to your strength?

How do you connect to your strength?

What do you do when you feel disconnected from your own power within?

How do you hold onto that strength once you’re able to reconnect to it?

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  • Brittney

    Thank you for recording and posting that exercise, Dian! I found it immensely helpful. Here are my answers to the questions you posed:

    What is it to be connected to your strength?

    It’s a process of hatching over and over and bursting through uncertainties with a newfound sense of determination. For me, this brings with it a sense of calm lucidity that epitomizes strength.

    What do you notice about yourself when you’re connected to your strength?

    I have a sense of quiet resolve. There is no need for aggression, and even my haywire passion feels focused while still holding power.

    How do you connect to your strength?

    Usually through meditation. When I listened to the exercise you provided, an image of an internal volcano appeared. The strength was lava flowing through my limbs, except for my lungs, which had crackling blue electricity. Credit for the former image is likely attributed to the B-52s song, “Lava.”

    What do you do when you feel disconnected from your own power within?

    It varies. Sometimes I listen to music as a way to energize me. Other times, I cry and ask for guidance. Still other times, I wait, trusting that whatever is blocking my connection will pass.

    How do you hold onto that strength once you’re able to reconnect to it?

    I make sure it has fresh sheets and towels.

    • Love the fresh sheet and towels, Brittney. I also love the internal volcano and crackling blue electricity, regardless of the original image source =). I wonder if your lungs represent a special power in your voice, crackling in wait to be heard. 
      You know, another question might be: What gets you disconnected from your strength? I find myself looking into this lately, because if I can be on the lookout for those warning signs, then I might be able to keep the lava flowing and the electricity crackling. 

  • Brittney

    Thank you, Dian! Your interpretation of the crackling electricity in my lungs as my burgeoning voice gave me goosebumps. That feels accurate. Your new question is a great one, too. I think anything that is counterintuitive has the ability to drain or disconnect one’s strength. It’s an interesting question to be aware of throughout the day.

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