ARE YOU A MODERN DAY SUPERHERO?

 

Deepak Chopra “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheros”

Superhero qualities are not merely qualities reserved for those iconic characters we used to read in the comic books as children, or the modern day mainstream movies we watch as adults for entertainment. Superhero qualities reside within all of us, if we so choose to identify with them. Last year I spoke at the TEDxKids@BC Talk in Vancouver called the “Re-Invention of the Modern Day Superhero,” and since then I have been obsessed with superhero “powers.” This basically means, I have been hard at work sourcing out my own quest in life and striving for personal greatness…. and you can too. For mer personally I do this through my RUN4ACAUSE and through my advocacy work in my community.

My RUN4ACAUSE goal is simple: to showcase the direct impact WE can make by empowering our youth to transform their world by mobilizing them to engage in cultural exchange, gain a global perspective, and create and lead social change through the art of SUPERHERO sport and play. Today I wanted to present a couple great articles I have stumbled upon this week and hope that they inspire you, as much as they have me.

Last week I read this amazing post by By Andi Saitowitz, a certified Life Coach from The Adler Institute and I felt I had to share it! This post is a slight deviation from my usual posts regarding corrective movement, fascia stretch and yoga, but it does pertain to my other passion – Superheroes. Okay, not really superheroes, but people in our community who go above and beyond the call of duty to be superhero”like”

US HUMANS HAVE THESE 7 SUPERPOWER

Good news! We have a few superpowers that no one can take away from us. That’s right! And just when we thought we had to live much of our precious time in “survival” mode, anxious about the competition, safe-guarding our rights and resources, and breathing on edge each day with the notion that for us to win in this lifetime, the people around us have to lose because there’s simply just not enough to go around.

1. We have the power to make choices in every single situation.

This is an incredible gift, often called “free-choice.” In every decision, circumstance and opportunity presented, you have the choice of how to interpret it, what to feel as a result, and inevitably how to act and behave accordingly.

2. We have the power to seek and find good – even in the bad. 

This strength of character is what makes the optimist rise and remain in a realm of possibility where there are always alternatives and where challenges, difficulties and even “failure” are just part of growth. This power enables new lessons to be learned,  new paths to follow, and deep changes to take effect.

3. We have the power to lead by example and become a role model to others just by behaving with integrity. 

How amazing to realize that our children, our friends, our partners, our clients — anyone we interact with can become inspired in some small way by our actions and deeds — no matter how natural and unassuming they may seem. The values we convey by our daily habits and behaviors give us incredible leadership potential and we owe this much to those we love and to those we want to see win.

4. We have the power to do the very best we can with all that you have. 

No one can take away your ability to give 100%. This power is commonly referred to as “will-power” and unfortunately, the unwritten contracts we have with ourselves are usually the first ones we break. We think twice before letting someone else down but move on quite comfortably from letting ourselves down. We deserve to give ourselves 100% and invest 100% of what we have into the things that matter most in our lives.

How amazing to realize that our children, our friends, our partners, our clients — anyone we interact with can become inspired in some small way by our actions and deeds — no matter how natural and unassuming they may seem. The values we convey by our daily habits and behaviors give us incredible leadership potential and we owe this much to those we love and to those we want to see win.

4. We have the power to do the very best we can with all that you have. 

No one can take away your ability to give 100%. This power is commonly referred to as “will-power” and unfortunately, the unwritten contracts we have with ourselves are usually the first ones we break. We think twice before letting someone else down but move on quite comfortably from letting ourselves down. We deserve to give ourselves 100% and invest 100% of what we have into the things that matter most in our lives. 

5.  We have the power to treat others with compassion, dignity and love. 

The way we speak, the way we advise, the way we parent, educate, manage, love, and work can all be handled with care and thought. We have the power to give the benefit of the doubt if we want to. People will always remember how we make them feel and we have an unbelievable amount of influence in all of our interpersonal relationships.

6.  We have the power to do 1% more today than we did yesterday. 

With clear goals, we have the power to do more and be more today than we were the day before. No one said change is easy and no one ever claimed that real transformation happens overnight. Small disciplines over time, as little as 1%, lead to lasting and deep improvements which ultimately get us closer to where we want to be.

7. We have the power to focus our time, energy and resources on the things in our life that bring us health, happiness,  joy, and fulfillment. 

We all battle with the guilt that “giving to myself and following my dreams and ambitions is selfish.” The universe wants us to be ourselves, and the world will benefit far greatly once we are aligned with our passions and feel whole, healthy, and strong. It’s a win-win for everyone when we live with purpose, direction and meaning.

Superheroes don’t merely exist in movies, cartoons and comic books. We each have tremendous natural superpowers that are always available to us should we wish to use them to do so much good in this lifetime.”

By Andi Saitowitz, Published April 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM / Website: andisaitowitz.com

HOW TO DEVELOP 9 PRACTICAL SUPER POWERS

 Full Article line here – Full Article here – http://www.iam-u.org/index.php/how-to-develop-9-practical-superpowers

In this article Bair gives you real time exercises on how to develop 9 specific superpowers that allows you to face the every day challenges of life. Some of these are courage, compassion, bravery – powers that each of us posses. He mentioned that his greatest teacher is that he learned that meditating on your heart is an incredibly effective way of developing these powers.

There are so many amazing leaders in today’s world who are embracing the superhero mentality, with me included. While I am not be a leader yet, I am surely an influencer of many (as we all are). In this post by Asatar Bair at the Institute for Applied Meditation, he talks about ways to control certain “superhero” qualities and direct them for the greater good – your own personal growth. My favorite is “Have Faith in Yourself”

“Faith in yourself. Another word for faith is self-confidence. If you believe in yourself, you have a source of power that is truly awesome. When you have faith in yourself, others have faith in you. They may help you with something that is beyond your ability to do on your own. Self-confidence comes through in everything you say and do, and in the way you hold yourself, like this drawing of Wonder Woman. She is in a reflective moment, but you can see the confidence in her posture and the way she holds her shield.

Bonus power: the ability to believe in yourself when others that you care about don’t see the value in what you’re trying to do, or don’t think you can do it.

How to get this power: When you meditate on your heart, you come into contact with the power of your heart, the flow of emotions within you, and by experiencing deep and intense emotion in the context of sacredness, you come to feel that your heart is larger and more powerful than even the most intense feelings. This gives you great faith in yourself.”  – Asatar Bair, June 14 2012

Doesn’t that make you wanna be a superhero?

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About RUN4ACAUSE

I am what you would call a freelance do’gooder of all things bucketlist and philanthropically inclined. (a) Movement & Performance Coach (a) Social Crusader (a) Wannabe Superhero (a) Athlete (a) Advocate for Play (a) Compassion Junkie (a) Womens and Youth Activist (a) runner'of a' muck (a) Chief Fascia Facilitator (Yoga Teacher and MyoFascia Enthusiast) So, here it is, my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) TO RAISE $1 MILLION DOLLARS before the age of 35! This is no small 'feet' to take on... A 10 year passion project; by which I harness the power behind the sports philanthropy movement by using my own middle of the pack talent - RUNNING! I am the founder of RUN4ACAUSE, and my goal is simple ~ to combine advocacy with sport and the foundation is to bring awareness to the power behind education, the power of our youth and women's economic empowerment worldwide! This blog is an ongoing Story Telling Series of my RUN4ACAUSE, where I aim to showcase the direct impact WE can make by empowering our youth to transform their world; by mobilizing them to engage in cultural exchange, gain a global perspective, and create and lead social change through the art of sport, and by the power of one voice. Imagine the possibilities! I hope this blog leaves you empowered, inspired and MOVED - so why don't you join me and RUN4ACAUSE!
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