This July 4th we celebrate the Freedom and Independence of the United States of America. So in keeping with the spirit of this weekend’s theme of independence and freedom, I thought we could chat a little about freedom and what it means to truly live freely.
Regardless of where you live and what circumstances you are living with, we all have the capability to feel free, because ultimately, it starts with ourselves and our mindset. While writing this, my mind immediately went to Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor who wrote the amazing book, Man’s Search for Meaning, while in a concentration camp. Even while living in the most horrific and inhumane circumstances, he could find freedom.
He wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” I could basically end the blog here because it brings tears to my eyes, and it encapsulates everything I really want to say here. BUT because I know you are use to a nice hearty Sunday read, I’ll continue.
Just like everything in our lives, freedom is a choice and a state of mind, and it is something that we must consciously choose over and over and over again.
To me, freedom is…
…having a say in how my world exists.
…being able to speak my truth respectfully without fear of biased repercussion.
…breaking out of molds that don’t serve me, so that I can follow my dreams.
…releasing the desire to be perfect, so that I can be happy with what is.
…loving myself enough to not obsess about food and body image.
…the ability to love whomever I want to love without feeling persecuted or judged.
…having the confidence and drive to know that I can make anything happen, if I truly desire it.
.being so clear on my desires that I made decisions with ease.
…living life in alignment with my highest self and not caring what others think about it.
…loving all people and remembering that we are all one.
…believing that peace and union is possible in this world.
How do I live freely (or strive to) every day?
– I sit quietly with myself in meditation, so that I can know, honor, and live from within.
– I create my goals in life based on how I want to feel, not how it looks from the outside.
– I remember that my life’s work is to be of service to others.
– I measure my success based on how much fun I’m having (a game changing lesson from my teacher Gabby Bernstein)
– I move and nourish my body in ways that are enjoyable.
– I do not take everything so seriously.
– I laugh every single day.
– I remember that my thoughts create the reality that I live in.
Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing today, I hope you make a choice to live freely from within.
Do something that brings you joy, do something to put a smile on someone else’s face, and remember that you matter.
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org