Remember the last moment you’d felt completely free. It could’ve been a day, a week, an hour or simply a glimpse…
What would it be like if you’d lived from that place of freedom all of your life?
Would you perhaps be more content, more grateful for what you do have rather than sad or anxious about the things you do not have?
Would you let yourself be free in your expression, speech, thinking? Would you then stop second guessing what it is you’re about to say or do, stop the judgement self or others, allowing the same space to express their own personal freedom as well?
Now, what if more beings in all of the world had woken up to this radical idea of personal freedom, would we, as a society, as a whole, be less tense, less depressed, and less likely to misunderstand and condemn each other, creating separation of conflict?
I think the obvious answer is yes. So what stands in the way of us collectively achieving this state of ultimate freedom?
At one point, all we wanted to do was play, care for each other, be together and explore how things around us work. Why and when did everything change? Because since childhood, we are forced to fit in, stuff all the unnecessary information in our unfiltered little minds, while sitting in painfully uncomfortable dusty classrooms that feel more like torture, just to earn those 10-20-30 minutes of recess. That’s when we started to realize that we must go through painful experiences in order to “earn” our right to be free, to do what we want and express our freedom.
And so, the pattern is set, only as we grow up, it’s 40+ hrs of work in order to earn two days of freedom(at best), during which you are trying to “catch up” on life, or worse yet, trying (and failing) to stop thinking about work and the inevitable, fast-approaching upcoming Monday morning. We become exhausted and run down, letting life pass us by, becoming a passive observer rather than an active participant in our lives.
I had certainly felt like this before and it wasn’t until I had committed to living in a more mindful, honest, truthful way, shedding light on all the dark corners on the subconsciousness that I was truly ready to make real shifts in my life. It is always a work in progress, but you have to be willing to do the work in the first place.