Thursday, June 17, 2010

Exercising Power

When we are on a spiritual path, we often wrestle with the notion of power. Especially our personal power.

On the one hand, power is what helps us get things done. In fact, it can be difficult to get things done without power. Power means strength, or the use of strength. Power can equate to success, especially at work.

At the same time, we can have negative perceptions about power. Maybe we associate power with selfishness, or bullying. Maybe we believe in a higher power, but not in our own power. Maybe we are afraid of the success that the use of power could bring, or feel that we don't deserve personal success.

As a concept, power is neither good nor bad. Instead, much of how we feel about power is really about the hopes and fears that we project onto it.

Exploring how we feel about power can be very helpful as we think about when we use it, or choose not to.


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