Does it mean that I live a life without incarceration?
Does it mean that I don’t have to work?
Does it mean that I don’t have a mortgage?
Does it mean that I have every-thing that I have asked for?
Think about the times you have felt truly free…Has it actually had anything to do with your physical state? The possessions you have, the people you are with, your status in society?
I’m guessing not…
“I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Freedom is a basic human desire and feeling free is a key component of our lasting happiness…fundamentally it is a matter of perception…a state of mind.
It is with a certain irony as an IT executive that I acknowledge that the ‘Information Age’ has been somewhat of a let down in terms of improving our happiness. We have so much technology available in our connected work, such knowledge on tap…so why is it not enabling our freedom?
We spend so much of our lives in our thoughts. It is often stated that we experience tens of thousands of thoughts on a daily basis, many of which are the same thoughts we had the previous day.
Recurrent thought patterns, negative self talk, overloaded and exhausted are consistent concerns I hear often, with so many of us in our society incarcerated by our thinking patterns.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
“Freedom is from within.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
By taking the time on a daily basis to meditate we can bring our minds to a state of awareness, a state of ‘being’ that not only allows the mind and body to achieve deep levels of rest, but has the effect of improving our sense of well-being, our perception, our awareness…our ability to embrace the world and its message to us.
This to me is my freedom.
This is my inner space.