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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,
My family, relationships, movement, nature, flexibility of mind, exploration of alternative perspectives & openness are central to my life.