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  1. ADP

    When I feel powerless I tend to get more frustrated so here lately I have tried to take a step back clear my thoughts a bit and try to be open to the other choices that are available. I don’t always do this but the past few times I have I have realized that they are different choices I can make and different ways to handle things.

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    Basically decide something. It doesn’t really matter what. As the saying goes when you come to a fork in the road take it. Powerlessness finds it hard to hit a moving target

    2 years ago
  3. O.Christina

    Gratitude. The inner position of gratefulness. Being grateful allows to be with all even if feeling powerless or sad or fearful and enables me to do what is possible.

    2 years ago
  4. mam_gigi

    it is a matter of patience usually and perspective. I have to focus on what I can control and learn more self-reliance, and work on avoiding making my happiness and well-being dependent on others.

    2 years ago
  5. Don Jones

    I wonder lately whether “powerlessness” is code for “not being able to control”. When I yield, I don’t feel the need to control, but it somehow liberates and enables flow.

    2 years ago
  6. Cathie

    If feelings of powerlessness creep onto my psyche, I let go immediately so anxiety can take no hold.
    I meditate and then sleep on it and then those feelings have dissipated. Those feelings of powerlessness are replaced with some type of starting point, when action is required – or peace with non-action, if that is what has bubbled up.
    But it is the immediate response to let go of that feeling of being powerless that allows other options/choices to creep in.

    2 years ago
  7. Hot Sauce

    When I feel powerless, using an “ABC” chart from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps me to reframe my thoughts about being powerless and see what choices are actually available behind my cognitive distortions.

    2 years ago
  8. Mica

    I’m beginning to feel annoyed with the level of stress I experience over things that are really not major problems. When I had that feeling of stress a few minutes ago, I told myself, “This is just a test!” and started dealing with the problem which, indeed, was easily solved and not as large a problem as it had seemed.

    2 years ago
  9. Ed Schulte

    Mediation directed inward ……towards the centre of the BE-ing-ness the “”I am I”-ness” and not the “me” which is identified in the question. That “”me”-ness”” needs to be remindedthat is is not the centre of BE-ing-ness BUT it can become a part of it if relizes that it’s source IS the source of ALL, and that ALL is a kind and Loving BE-ing-ness that knows what is truly need.

    That “Me-ness” needs only calm down and …..and closing in the words of the Peace Mediation I am beginning everyday with …….

    “Now you have to concentrate on your Real Self. On your S – Self. You have to believe in the Divine power which is within you.

    You have to become ONE with faith, Love, calmness, and tranquility. Then you can invoke the power of the help of God, Your creator.

    At this moment the center point of your brain,[ in the head center ], opens. Your atoms and cells vibrate, your Soul – Self unites with the cosmic energy.

    Place your hands together in front of your heart centre, palms facing upward.

    The vibrations of you as Spirit and Soul unites with the Divine vibration of God.”

    2 years ago
  10. Marnie Jackson

    Understanding that I feel helpless and this feels out of control for me. Once I am self-aware enough to understand my emotions and behaviours, I can step back and think about my choices. I guess what helps me to step into my choices is understanding where I am at.

    2 years ago
  11. Maurice Frank

    Taking one small step, whatever it is. Then another. Then another. Until I have some momentum.

    2 years ago
  12. devy

    Look more into my faith, self care and talk. Reflect into life’s positivities and what choices are available to me

    2 years ago
  13. Butterfly

    Discussing my situation with others I trust has always helped me to work through those situations. And a good cry to release my feelings too!

    2 years ago
  14. Laura

    First, remembering that I do have choices. Even if all I can do in a situation is to make sure that I practice self-care. Following that I try to stay in the moment, avoid catastrophic thinking, and breathe. When I accept what is, choices often reveal themselves. I may not like all of them, but they are choices nonetheless.

    2 years ago
  15. sunnypatti48317

    My handy toolbox helps me. All the lessons I’ve learned over the years have given me tools to live a better, healthier life. Those tools include pausing, focusing on the breath, praying, meditation, practicing yoga, getting some exercise, sitting in nature… there are lots, and it all depends on the situation.

    2 years ago
  16. Mary Pat

    Getting quiet and going deep inside to touch my soul. Clarity is there, and it is always waiting.

    2 years ago
  17. alara87350

    When I read the question about feeling powerless my magnifying mind jumped to what if’s? I became immersed in feeling powerless. Then a choice – stay here in this state or sit in this moment and just breathe. Powerful!

    2 years ago
  18. Chester

    I recall that my purpose lies not in the power that I bear but in the steps that I take.

    2 years ago
  19. Kevin

    Prayer, sitting in silence, and walking the seashore at sunrise.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      It’s such fun to have a seashore to walk, isn’t it, Kevin? – my fav memories are of walking it at night when I couldn’t sleep. And of the Sikh on the beach early one morning shortly after 9/11 – he appeared suddenly around the bend in the coast and we both gave each other big smiles.

      2 years ago
  20. Michele

    Asking others for help, whether that be family, co workers, friends.

    2 years ago
  21. Christine

    Once in my life I felt really powerless, that was when we heard that Karel my husband had an incurable brain tumor. The choice we had was to accept fate. We made sure that his soul would have a nice transition once the death came. So, We prayed, enjoyed nature, listened to beautiful music and above all continued to enjoy each other. we could’nt cure is body, but we helped his soul.❤

    2 years ago
    1. Christine

      Dear Friends, thank you all for being so kind to me 😊💞

      2 years ago
    2. Y
      Yram

      That is such a beautiful way to approach that situation. Thank you for being a role model. Blessings to you as you continue on.

      2 years ago
    3. Laura

      Thank you for sharing this, Christine. What a beautiful gift you gave to your husband.

      2 years ago
    4. Iamme

      I helped care for my best friend three years ago. She had cancer in the brain, lungs, liver, from diagnosis to death was ten short but full weeks. It was quite surreal, as for the first 5 weeks when she was still able to walk and leave the house, I’d never seen her more joyful or alive. She wanted to remain at home and so her family and myself supported her practically in that decision, and she left this world from the comfort of her own home, surrounded by family, she retained power over how she would spend her final days because her family honoured her choice and enabled it. I felt powerless at the beginning of her journey, but realised that the power was in the choices I made to support her and her family in practical ways which I know helped to make daily life easier. She had at the time of diagnosis given all those closest to her a role, mine was to teach her husband and son how to cook vegan, gluten free meals. She’d organised us all and I think it helped to give us all a purpose and a focus for the difficult weeks ahead. It was a privilege to be a part of her life at that time, heartbreaking but also full of joy, laughter and love.

      I’m so sorry for your loss, you must miss your husband terribly. You used your power to enjoy the days you had left to you as a couple and to fill your husbands limited time with beauty, love and serenity, that’s the best kind of power to have in this uncertain world. x

      2 years ago
      1. Mica

        Thank you, lamme! I especially treasure knowing that your friend gave you all roles and that yours was to teach vegan cooking to her husband and son. May I remember this!

        2 years ago
        1. Iamme

          She was such an inspiration in those ten weeks with her strength, serenity and sense of humour. Role assignment was a genius idea, everyone knew what they could do to help and knew exactly what help she wanted, which in turn enabled us all to spend quality time with her.

          2 years ago
          1. Mica

            Thank you again, lamme – I want to remember this for the end of my own life, so I saved your highlights to my gratefulness doc where I keep all my favorite quotes 🙂 – what a gift!

            2 years ago
      2. Barb C

        Your friend sounds amazing. giving everyone a role–what a wonderful way to involve friends and family and not leave it to the “let me know if I can help” statements that overwhelm people already dealing with too much.

        2 years ago
        1. Iamme

          It really was a genius idea, I don’t know if she read it somewhere or came up with it herself but it enabled all closest to her to feel useful in practical ways and. it enabled us all to spend quality time with her. I miss her terribly and often raise my eyes heavenwards and ask her for advice or say “ok, I know you are saying ‘I told you so’ because I’ve done the exact thing you would advise me not to do!” She might be gone but she’s still a strong presence in my life, I’m grateful to have had her friendship.

          2 years ago
      3. Y
        Yram

        Thank you for sharing. I recently had a similar situation with a good friend. She transitioned within 10 days of her multiple diagnosis. She was not in control but family and friends rallied around her.

        2 years ago
        1. Iamme

          I’m so sorry to hear this. It is heartening that she had people who loved her, surrounding and supporting her. x

          2 years ago
      4. Laura

        What a beautiful post, Iamme. Thank you.

        2 years ago
    5. Hermann-Josef

      What a wonderful courageous spouse you are. How thankful your husband must be. Thank you for sharing Christine🙏

      2 years ago
    6. Kevin

      Your life-wisdom, lovingly shared here, Christine, is a gift to us all.

      2 years ago
    7. Michele

      beautiful Christine.

      2 years ago
  22. Hermann-Josef

    Whatever „ muscles“ i have trained the most, that will decide how I move. I don‘ t know if I am right, but I think it was Jesus who said his power is powerlessness. This would be one muscle one could strengthen. But there are many more. There is an American lawyer, who wrote a beautiful „poem“ called desiderata. There are many good hints in it. The decision to take responsibility for oneself, then selfconfidence might be essential.

    2 years ago

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