We are more than the attitudes, moods, and stress responses that fill our daily routine. We can be our best self. We have superpowers.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” These words from French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin have always left me with feelings of hope.
Deep down, something about the idea that we are more than the attitudes, moods, and stress responses that fill our routine has always inspired me to lean toward my best self. There’s that sense of being… larger. I remember feeling it even as a small child. In my imagination, I had superpowers. Turns out, we all do. And without a bunch of fanfare, I thought we could chat about a few of them.
Every morning, I tell Alexa to play a happy dance song. It varies, depending on my mood. When I first started, I’d play some James Brown. These days, it could be any number of songs. This week, it was Pharrell Williams, and Abba. I launch out of bed and do my happy dance. Guess what? It makes me feel happy. What is this superpower? Movement to music changes our physiology. It sort of teaches our body about feeling happy. Even the angels are reported to dance and sing. So there you go.
Our greatest gift is that of life. Breathing is pretty much how we do that. It’s astonishing how little we think about it. We’re just on autopilot, breathing; however, if we breathe with intention, it can calm us, empower us and energize us. Some studies show that how we breathe can literally heal us and help us regulate our emotions.¹ So why don’t we spend more time actively becoming experts on breathing? It’s a superpower.
The idea of mindfulness is thrown around more than a Frisbee on the Fourth of July. Thing is, mindfulness is a game-changer. It's basically about being entirely present. Taking just a few minutes to dial into your senses is the fastest way to be mindful. You can even practice mindfulness in the shower, feeling the water, smelling the soap, and so on.
My daily practice during my workday is a little blend of mindfulness, meditation and manifesting. If you like, give this quickie experiment a try: Get up from your desk or during your break (I like a nice, 10am step-away), go find a quiet corner somewhere. It could be an empty conference room, a corner in your home office, or even under a tree.
Grab your phone and if you’ve got them, earphones or earbuds. Play a mellow tune for 3-5 minutes. Walk yourself through a scenario in which you are your most powerful. Be detailed. Use the senses. Just tell yourself this little story each day for a week. I’ll bet you feel more empowered and rested.
This is always where the excuses come out. Even when I started meditating, I was full of “reasons” why I couldn’t. When I really committed, I just decided that I’d go to bed earlier, get up earlier… and meditate. This superpower has changed my life. I challenge you to make the time to do a little daily meditation. I think you’ll find it is a not-so-secret superpower. For me, I’ve found that I am more focused, more calm, able to handle stress better and really feel confident in who I am. I cannot recommend it enough. I’d start with guided meditation, because it keeps that monkey mind focused on something while you practice. A couple of apps: Calm or Soulvana. Both have a free version with paid upgrade options.
Okay. So that’s four superpowers you can access today. Will you love yourself enough to make the time to use them?
If this has connected with you in any way, or if you have any questions you want me to address in another article, feel free to DM me on Instagram and let me know.
Charlie is an intuitive high performance coach who helps driven women build their inner castles and create their outer empires through her Release, Redefine and Reclaim Process. After a year with Charlie, clients learn to trust themselves again and unearth the confidence to play at the level equal to their most outrageous goals.
¹Self-Regulation of Breathing as a Primary Treatment for Anxiety. Ravinder Jerath et al. in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Vol. 40, No. 2, pages 107–115; June 2015.
Mindful Attention to Breath Regulates Emotions via Increased Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Connectivity. Anselm Doll in NeuroImage, Vol. 134, pages 305–313; July 1, 2016.