To experience personal freedom means to be free to experience the good in life that awakens us to more love, more joy, more peace, and more connection. When you feel restricted or small or weighed down in any way, this affirmation can help you free your heart from fear and free your mind from worries.
“The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine. Forget self. Think of others.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Personal Freedom Becomes a Choice
I am free to choose how I experience my experiences.
As Marcel Proust wisely stated, “The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” As human beings, we are motivated to seek and experience personal freedom, and that voyage becomes possible through choice. What a beautiful thing it is that we are not just free to desire, but free to choose and actualize that desire.
To quote a lovely passage in The Motivation Manifesto:
The greatest of human freedoms is the ability to choose, at any moment, the palette of our emotional sky. We alone activate the very energy and emotion through which we experience life. If we wish to feel joy and gratitude in our lives, then we must direct our beliefs and behaviors in order to accomplish that end. And we must do it constantly, with such force and repetition that those emotions become the hues of our daily attitude. This is not easy work, but let it be our mission.
The Motivation Manifesto goes on to define Personal Freedom as so:
- Living freely by crafting a life on our own terms
- Being free in the moment from oppression, of past hurts and present anxieties
- Being lighthearted and spontaneous as free spirits
- Courageously speaking our thoughts, feelings, and ambitions with those around us, without concern about acceptance
- Enjoying our free will to pursue abundant happiness, wealth, health, achievement, and contribution
- Freely loving whom we choose with passionate abandon
- Standing freely on our own, professing and protecting our ideas and integrity
- Serving a mission that we have chosen
- Fighting to give our children a foundation in such freedom, building in their hearts the will to live as they choose so that they may meet oppression with courage, and opportunity with a virtuous intent to contribute
Do not deny yourself a life of happiness by thinking that freedom is not a choice and only a gift. Your choice is your gift. The happy among us are not “lucky,” nor should they be envied, for their treasures are available to all of us. Their treasure is freely chosen attitude.
Free Yourself from Anything Negative
I am free to love, to know peace, and to bring joy.
Freedom does not mean we are not responsible or that there is an absence of struggle. Again, as The Motivation Manifesto points out, “Personal Freedom is more than just being free from pain–it is about being free to live, to truly enjoy and expand in life. It is not merely freedom from bad things that limit us, but freedom to experience good things that awaken us.”
You are free to change your mind and to choose a different path. You are free to release yourself from negativity, expectation, greed, envy, hatred, doubt, and worry. You are free to instead embrace the act of giving, kindness, acceptance, and appreciation.
Free yourself from any envy and contempt for those who seem to have more than you do. Free yourself from the notion that you should be given what you desire without first becoming the embodiment of what you desire. Free yourself from the belief that you need to be youthful to be beautiful, normal to be accepted, or extraordinary to be appreciated. Allow yourself to have free moments of real joy away from any obsession with self.
How could your life be different if you stopped worrying about things you can’t control and started focusing on the things you can? How would you feel if you were free from fruitless worry, meaningless action, pointless blame, and regret? How could everything change if you dropped fear and placed your trust in love? What if you aimed for autonomy over your internal environment rather than seeking external control?
If we are ever to live a truly free life, we must purposefully interrupt our fear and activate our freedom by choosing how to feel, interpret, and direct our lives on a moment-to-moment basis.
Bring a Lighthearted Presence to Life
I am light and unlimited and genuine. I am present in my freedom.
We are all meant to be free and filled with a limitless passion for life, yet so many times we place limits upon our own happiness. We let our own negative thoughts and actions restrict us from experiencing the richness of life.
In order to live freely, revere genuineness and become present in your own life.
Think, feel, speak, and behave in ways that are truly your own. Choose who you are above and beyond your immediate impulses, needs, and social pressures. Express yourself freely. Do what you love and find new ways to love what you do. Give your life meaning through your words and actions.
The more you are true to yourself, the more you can connect with and contribute to the world in meaningful, positive ways. The more free and authentic and spontaneous you become, the more aliveness returns to your life.
In order to know your own personal freedom, you must become attentive to your life as it shows up, as it is. Concentrate the mind on this moment, and on what you can do now to move towards a feeling of freedom. Open your heart to the present moment–accept it as if you had welcomed it. Be light in the way that you move through your moments–be unlimited in your love.
- What does personal freedom mean to you?
- When do you feel most free?
- What small steps can you take towards a genuine feeling of freedom today?
- Can you focus on love more, on presence, on honesty and truth, on acceptance and gratitude, or on forgiveness?
Please share your thoughts, lessons, and experiences with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who is worthy of feeling free.
In this one moment, free yourself from anything that would keep you from loving.
Free watercolor texture by Pikkukioski; lettering by Aim Happy.