If you desire life balance between your inner Self and the outer world, you must practice self-discipline. True power also comes from discipline. It requires that you control your mind and emotions. It requires that you find ways to honor the inner You. As you practice self-discipline, you gradually develop inner peace. You become more focused and less inclined to waste energy. You get to know your true Self and access your real power.

Reframe your inner talk and keep your emotional balance.

To know your true Self and reclaim your inner power require emotional discipline. When you feel negative emotion, nip it in the bud. Look instead for a positive aspect. Let go of the common emotions of lack, fear and insecurity. When you feel overwhelmed with too much to do, pull back and reset your boundaries. Reduce your obligations and eliminate the less important stuff. Choose actions that are more comfortable and reasonable.

Your emotions give you important guidance in making wise choices. They help you know how you are focusing your thoughts. Be aware of your inner critic. Reframe your internal messages as more positive and self-compassionate. Choose good feeling thoughts. Or at least choose thoughts that make you feel better. With each good feeling thought, you are promoting your well-being and joyful living.

Pay attention to your feelings and develop a clear, focused mind.

To know your true Self and reclaim your inner power require mental discipline. In your journey from ego to Spirit, you must pay less attention to your intellect and more attention to your feelings. As you move through the day, ask yourself how each thing feels. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t proceed. If you feel unsure about what to do, don’t act. In the process you cure yourself of the disease of over thinking life. You listen to your inner wisdom. You no longer allow your intellect to dominate your life.

When your mind becomes clear and focused, your emotions feel solid. You grow more self-aware through activities such as yoga, journal writing and gardening. Expressing appreciation often is another powerful way to pay attention to each moment. You grow to appreciate small things that otherwise go unnoticed. By mindful living you connect with your true Self. You discover your heart’s desires. You approach life from a serene, balanced center.

Remember that you are more than your physical self.

To know your true Self and reclaim your inner power require spiritual discipline. Your life is a spiritual journey to remember that you are an infinite Being. There is no one way. But you must have desire and take action. Begin by accepting that you are more than your physical Self. The Source Energy that creates worlds flows through you. You are an energetic physical being with non-physical roots. You cannot know your Divine Self through intellect and reasoning. But you can have a direct experience of knowing.

By spending quiet time alone, you discover your true Self. Explore meditation as a life practice. It restores the body, calms the mind and empowers the spirit. You may prefer walks alone in nature or walking meditations. They put you in touch with the rhythms of the Earth. You feel connected to something larger than yourself. You come back in touch with who-you-really-are.

Taking time to nurture the inner You is not being lazy. It allows you to step out of an action-oriented world into a quiet space. You connect with your true Self and align with your real power. You gain clarity of intention and purpose. You return to the world refreshed and ready to share your gifts.

The spiritual journey to know your true Self and access your real power requires discipline. But commitment to self-discipline is just the first step. Important questions remain. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do in this lifetime? Are you ready to accept your responsibility as a powerful being? Reflect on your answers and write them down as your life vision. It helps you stay focused on what matters the most to you. A life vision guides you to live with inner balance and joy.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Mary Beth Ford is the author of Wisdom from the Gardens—Life Lessons and creator of the CD Garden Wisdom—5 Ways to Grow in Life Balance and Joy. She specializes in the area of life balance, which she describes as balance between outer world and inner Self. In her work Mary Beth shares five powerful garden lessons for living with balance and joy. She helps busy people live with Spirit in the world. Using nature images she offers us a new way of seeing ourselves and our world.

To live with more balance and joy, explore Mary Beth’s website at http://www.wisdomfromthegardens.com. Sign up for her bi-monthly Reflections and get a free audio gift of Garden Wisdom Secrets. Follow Mary Beth on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/WisdomtoEmpowerYourLife.