Inner freedom fighters unite
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After more than a few coaching conversations this week, I wondered how I might help people loosen their self-imposed straightjackets.
How can we be freer?
How can we loosen the excessive rules we impose on ourselves and, inadvertently, on others? Wouldn’t we feel lighter if our fears and inordinate worries about making mistakes and repercussions would abate?
Because we live in Canada, where we are free from geo-political unrest, systemic violence and war, we are in a privileged position to cultivate inner freedom, more so than so many others across the globe.
Inner and outer freedom are not to be confused – outer freedom is what allows us for the most part to move about freely and safely. We are protected by civil and personal rights.
I am most grateful for this freedom.
What is inner freedom or personal freedom?
Here is an interesting paradox: I have been on a quest for personal freedom as long as I can remember and yet I haven’t defined this for myself.
I’m going to give it crack here – but apologize in advance that this will not be an expert or scholarly piece of work, nor well argued philosophically. More, an exploration into how being a inner freedom fighter “isn’t such a bad preoccupation.”
Creating the framework for inner freedom
Benefits of inner freedom
Inner freedom offers a quieter mind, a mind at peace, a lightness of being and a sense of unity and of balance.
It's worth the fight,
6/5/2015 02:22:06 pm
Thanks for this article Minda. This is something I have been asking to myself a lot lately. Do I impose unnecessary rules to myself and kids? If I had the inner freedom, would I be kinder to people surrounding me? I think so. Just need to keep fighting for it.
7/5/2015 01:44:53 am
Interesting. There's a conversation the traditions of yoga engage us in, about the relationship between discipline and freedom. The framework you outline mirrors in some ways the foundational elements of an effective "path" to ultimate and profound inner freedom. Although sometimes referred to as "Yoga's 10 Commandments", the guidelines, called the yamas and niyamas, are not in any way injunctions or moral do's and don't, but, as you point out, the first things we are advised to do so as to experience the inner ease that can lead to freedom. In fact, the first "yama" is called ahimsa, which means non-violence or non-harming. The thinking being that there is more chance you'll be able to sit in meditation and go deep if your inner landscape isn't littered with the impressions of aggressive thoughts or actions - past or simmering. I'll leave it at that for now.
7/5/2015 10:13:45 am
Absolutely. I'd be honoured!
9/5/2015 08:05:28 am
I love your thoughts on the benefits of inner freedom. So true how humour can release your anger and a simple smile soothe an angry soul.
10/5/2015 03:08:28 pm
I'm glad I'm in an sync with the ideas presented in the the book you recommend - the Four Agreements (will check it out). It's quite wonderful how a few good principles for living well can make all the difference. Thanks a lot for sharing! It encourages me.
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