Often I find myself thinking about the meaning of some words and the power they have when used in certain contexts. Sometimes I think of everyday words and their multiple meanings, and at other times I cling to more complicated words and the difficulty we have to you use it correctly.
These days I found myself thinking of the word freedom.
I always assume that most words have different meanings for each individual. With the term “freedom” would not be different, but it is so abstract and complex that I could say that has almost infinite meanings. And even with this multiplicity of meanings, I believe it is essential to feel free to be happy and especially to move on. Whatever freedom means to you.
I don’t want to wander in cheap philosophies, so I decided to write about three aspects of freedom that I consider fundamental. They may help you to figure out what are your prisons or maybe that’s just the starting point for you to reflect what actually is to be free.
The freedom that no one can take from you.
For a long time, when I was younger, I used to censor my thoughts. I felt guilty for thinking certain things and forbade me to let my mind be taken by themes that I have not considered right. I even not allowed myself to experience some harmless thoughts, believing that something that context could be wrong.
I believe we must scare away demons – those thoughts that make us sick – but our mind is the greatest trial park we have. Dreams begin only to be dreams if they are dreamed. And it may sound cliché and repetitive, but you must exercise your mind to go beyond.
Sometimes our thoughts are censored by other people or even by ourselves, restricting the freedom of that single space which is totally ours, under any circumstances. Our mind must be free and, until nobody can control it from outsite, it must be exercised and exploited to the maximum, without fear or guilt.
The unnoticed freedom.
The body speaks and this is no news to anyone. And this same body is also silenced when we impose unconscious restrictions.
A friend once called my attention to it. In addition to what comes out of our mouth, the way a person relates to his own body also says a lot about their way of relating with the environment. As we do not realize this relationship, we increasingly live in a world of “locked” people when our main movement should be to expand.
It may seem silly, but ask for some known people to do a little exercise of standing fully open arms and then bend the trunk on the leg, involving them with both arms. I do not mean an exercise of elasticity but to provoke a movement that is unusual. For shame or claiming other reasons, many people will refuse. Others will do in a measured way or quickly, just to get rid of a movement that we are not used to do.
This exercise is an example of the way we relate to our bodies. We arrest it in short, shy movements, losing the opportunity to be physically full. This prison is reflected in less hugs, fewer people sitting on the grass, less true gestures and many other “less” that deprive us without realizing.
The hard-to-find freedom.
I do not know how to write about the freedom of the soul, but I know it exists and is possibly related to have peace of mind. We live surrounded by bad feelings, and as human beings, we constantly experience these feelings, consciously and unconsciously.
Feelings like envy, anger and attachment, for me, configure soul prisons. You need to learn how to transit through these states, but do not let take root in any of them. I still do not know how to achieve this awareness, but I believe that a truly free soul person can see these feelings and choose to dive or not. I have the impression that people with free souls are often those who we like to stay close for no reason, for the simple pleasure of his or her presence.
I hope these few words can make you reflect or at least steal a few minutes of your time to answer a fundamental question: what is freedom for you?
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