Where do you feel free?
“Where do you feel free?” This was the question sent to me on the 4th of July as my daily writing prompt, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. It seems fitting that it came while I was in the middle of a road trip from Chicago to Los Angeles and back again. I feel free when I travel. Seeing new places, being on the road, meeting new people, breathing in fresh air in the country, basking in sunshine. All of these things add an expansiveness, a sense of freedom to my life. I also feel free when I dance, when I am surrounded by nature, standing on the coast of a large body of water, saying what is on my mind. These are all things that leave me feeling free (and often refreshed as well).
Where do YOU feel free? Take a minute and think through this for yourself. When is the last time you felt a true sense of freedom? What was it like? Let that feeling of freedom come back into your body now as you recall the experience. Step into the memory of it. What were the details of it that had you feeling so free? Who was there? What was happening? What emotions do you remember feeling in the moment? How do you feel now as you recall it?
We are so often bogged down by the stressors of day-to-day life that it can be vitally important to know what allows us a sense of freedom, a release from the weight of that stress. I often hear from clients that they can’t wait for that sense of freedom that will come when they’re back on vacation again. Most of us do this in one form or another — counting down the days until our vacation, or even our next weekend or day off. What I want for people, is for them to be able to create a life that allows them that sense of freedom, and of anything else they are wanting to experience (i.e. joy, accomplishment, fulfillment, love), every day.
With that in mind, go back to that experience of freedom you recalled. What did you notice about it? What were the smaller pieces of the whole that you can pick out? For example, I listed above some of the parts of travel that add that sense of freedom for me, like seeing new places and meeting new people. When we start to understand the puzzle pieces of what brings us a feeling of freedom, it can become easier to incorporate it into our day-to-day. I can do this by choosing a new place near my home to explore or by attending a community-based event where I don’t know anyone. These not only bring me that sense of freedom — in the middle of my workweek, right in my own backyard — they also tap into my values of having adventure and variety in my life. So they end up being fulfilling and joyful experiences.
What small or medium-sized thing can you do to feel free today? This week? This month? I would love to hear about it.
Wishing you true freedom!
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