Thursday, September 17, 2020

September 17--Happiness Requires Freedom

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. 
--Thich Nhat Hanh

    Abraham-Hicks tells us that we are here on Planet Earth for joy, expansion and freedom. Those make for happiness. Considering those, I see that joy and expansion can only happen if we have freedom. 
    Freedom is an inside job. Outer circumstances such as government oppression or imprisonment may limit physical freedom in some ways, but freedom is an organic, innate quality of a human being. Freedom of choice, free will, is the foundation of our existence here. 
    Our day's quote tells us how to cultivate that inner freedom--by letting go. Letting go of what? How about these for starters:
  • Concern for others' opinions
  • Perfectionism
  • Need to control others and situations
  • Need to be right
  • Status-seeking
  • "Keeping up with the Joneses" 
  • Habits that don't serve us
  • Limiting beliefs
  • Expectations
  • Having to prove oneself
  • Resentments
    That's a lifetime of practice in that list! I have experienced releasing all of them somewhere along the way and continue to let them go. As a result, I do enjoy a fairly consistent state of happiness. 
    Is there anything you are ready to trade for freedom and happiness?

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