Our relative freedom is under our control. We are sometimes the prisoners in our very own jail of procrastination, judgment, and something we call, running around. We often choose running around our decisions rather than making them, which, by default, makes them. If we can send armies to fight for freedom in harsh conditions what is stopping us from personally liberating ourselves to feel happy and free? Here are some places to look for or create more freedom in your life:
- Decide – No need to be rash, and you can change your mind later, but just do it when you have decisions to make
- Create – Any act of creation from cooking to sculpture to poetry writing gives us a sense of freedom. We have made our own. We do not have to settle for what everyone else has.
- Move – Sometimes a tragic byproduct of depression or physical discomfort is reluctance to move. Moving is freedom itself;the more you move and use your body in different ways, the more freedom you feel. The body responds with greater flexibility and range of motion, which itself feels really good.
- Choose – Make choices in your daily life to expand the horizon. If you have eaten the same breakfast for years, try something else. Small changes and personal touches are the essence of freedom. Allow yourself to make new choices for no particular reason. Find your own favorites you have not yet experienced.
- Allow – Free time is rare and fleeting with the electronic gadgets in hand all day and all night. Free up some concentrated personal time to be spontaneous and discover new worlds. Start small and build on this practice.
- Garden – We may not all be able to grow our own, but visiting gardens and other botanical spaces give us an expansive feeling of being part of nature. If you put in the hard work it takes to grow some food you like to eat you will be rewarded for those efforts. Picking your dinner is liberating and empowering.