My Journey with Freedom
Some of the first lyrics of liberations I remember repeating like a mantra were the wise words of Bob Marley, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.”
I was only a teenager then and had yet to learn how or what emancipating myself meant, but I could feel deep in my bones the potency and truth in that phrase, and like a rally call it spurred me to seek and understand myself and freedom.
Since then I’ve found Bob’s wise sentiment in truly every corner of life I look — from the art, music, history and religion that has shaped our world, to scientific research about the mind and meditation, to my own tears and laughter of joy and sorrow.
The bottom line: freedom begins within.
Nelson Mandela said, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
There are so many ways to free ourselves from limiting beliefs, cultural habits and negative thoughts that cause us to feel the opposite of free, divine and worthy…but no matter which path we choose I know two powerful truths hold true.
1. Freedom is a practice. We choose to be free (or not) every day, with every thought.
This is why our daily habits and attitudes are so important.
Mandela echoed this sentiment in saying, “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Freedom is the accumulated result of choosing thoughts and actions that generate peace and empowerment no matter what the circumstance or how many more hills.
To me this is what daily mindset practices, yoga and healthy habits help us achieve.
2. Liberating ourselves is our greatest gift to others and the world.
Another life mantra of liberation comes from Marrianne Williamson who said, “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
The impact of our presence and attitude on the people we love, work with or interact with in any way is more powerful than we can imagine.
Our presence can perpetuate fear and negativity or it can pave a path of liberation and love.
Every time I run my 10 week program I’m inspired by the powerful impact the participants have on each other, and how as each one of us works with the process to set ourselves free it sends palpable ripples of liberation and empowerment through the whole group.
A final note on liberation. Remembering our inner light sets us free.
Namaste, the light in me sees and believes in the light in you.
p.s. Only 2 spots left in the 10 Week Transformation course starting in one week.
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