A little seven letter word. A dynamic word that can change lives.
How can these arranged letters possibly change my life?
What does it mean to You?
It means different things to different people.
The lady in the above picture. What do think she is feeling about her freedom?
Can you put yourself there? How would you feel?
She looks so relaxed. Taking in the awe-inspiring view. No doubt feelings of appreciation and maybe aware of how small we are in comparison to mother earth’s creative art.
I’m afraid, I am not that brave! My insides are turning over just looking at where she is sitting!
I agree, it is a spectacular view! But I would be way at the back where I can see the ground solidly under me lol
For others, freedom might mean to put a parachute on and jump off the ledge. And that feeling of soaring would be their moment of freedom!
Its different for everyone.
Today I would love to share Freedom through my eyes.
To me the inner heights are just as scary as sitting on that ledge, maybe even a little more.
I have lived a life of being afraid. Afraid to speak up. Afraid to say no. Afraid of not being accepted or acceptable. Afraid of not being liked. Afraid to just be Me!
There has always been that sweet little voice within that knows I am enough but I would quickly shut it out, and choose not to listen, just out of feeling unworthiness. Afraid! Afraid! Afraid! It’s so exhausting!
Our minds are such a powerful tool. It is remarkable how we teach it to view something a certain way and then over time it becomes a belief and others believe it too and somehow that made it truth!
Fear to even dare to think I could possibly be a worthy person that people would enjoy being around. The mind would go” What are you thinking! You will only get hurt again! You can’t trust anyone! Stop kidding yourself!”
So It is easy to see why I would back off a hundred miles and stay where I am. Too afraid to move. It appeared easier.
The chains of fear must be released!
When I think of chains, I think of restriction, binding, held back, not able to move, despair, sadness and also anger, frustration, the complete opposite of freedom.
I unknowingly chained myself to beliefs that have restricted my enjoyment of life, of living a full and happy life. Of soaring from my inner height.
I did this! Yes, I may not have had an environment that was nurturing and safe as a child but I can now make some new choices and create a different experience.
It hasn’t been an easy transition. These chains now are pretty rusty and old. Needs a bit of work to release it. But you know what, I’m going to walk towards that ledge, because I really want to have that whole experience and view.
My first step toward the ledge. Heart pumping mighty fast and hands and legs are shaking. Breathe… This is going to take a while lol
Second step, it seems a hundred miles away. Doubt is now creeping in. Oh c’mon I have only taken two steps! Thoughts of just stopping and turning back enters my mind. “No harm done, you haven’t come far. Turn back!” Determination kicks in. 3, 4, 5 steps. I think my heart is going to beat right out of my body. I am so scared right now. Whole body is shaking and tears are now welling up in my eyes. A militant voice is speaking loudly now, “What are you doing? You can’t do this? Who are you trying to impress? Nobody cares?” Tears flowing down my cheeks, doubt flooding my mind. These rusty chains are relentless.
Somewhere within I faintly heard, “You can do this. Everything is okay.”
From somewhere I drew up some courage. Sweaty palms, feeling I can’t breathe, I continued my quest. As I moved closer to my triumph, I could now see over the sides and straight down to the greenish blue water flowing. Oh no! Paralysed I just stared at the water and froze. Heart stopped. Terror had entered my moment of triumph. I knew this was a breaking point. I could go back. I had done very well to get this far. But then the thoughts of, you have come this far so might as well go all the way. Paralysed. Frozen in time. What the heck am I going to do?
Feeling quite light-headed and balance was shaky, I slowly dropped to my knees and decided to crawl the rest of the way. Yes the desire to cross the finishing line was stronger and determination took over, so here I am on my knees moving toward my prize. Freedom! Freedom of overcoming this paralysing fear. I was done with being so afraid.
I crawled my way right to the ledge and looked out. Ahhh… What a sight! It was everything and more. My heart stopped at the exquisiteness of what my eyes were beholding. Magnificent colours came out to greet me. Sights that soothed my heart. I was totally present in the moment. A perfect moment of acceptance of all that is, including myself.
A big sigh of relief. I did it! A smile that felt like the whole world had joined me in my nowness. No more shaking. No more tears. Just awestruck! That feeling is my idea of Freedom
To be there in that moment, feeling at peace and connected with all of life. No resistance. No mind chattering. No doubts. No expectations. Pure inner peace. My mind, body and soul are in complete alignment.
Freedom comes from within.
I could have stayed on the bank and never reached the ledge. No judgment.
I could have turned back halfway. Again no judgment.
I could have gone all the way and had the most amazing experience of my life.
Stop judging the doing and appreciate the Being. Just Be You.
Whether you sit on the bank or move forward, you have to be okay with your choice. Maybe try another day. Maybe you can choose one baby step every day toward your goal. Every time you step forward for yourself, you break an old rusty chain. It’s all success. It’s all progress Don’t compare to another. Some can run, some a steady pace, some of us may have to crawl and some just not ready yet. Freedom is accepting All of you wherever you may be.
At the end of the day, be okay with You and all your Beingness.
Be good to You.
Just Do You. No one else!
Be your amazing, incredible self and Soar to Your own inner heights.