557501_10151253056482578_278992766_nThere is a seed within each of us that represents our true nature – our full and most authentic potential. The degree to which that seed has thrived and is expressed, depends largely on the barriers of our own mind. When we don’t feel free to be who we truly are, we know it. When we do, we also know it.

True Freedom? It’s an experience. In my words, I would say freedom entails the opposite of distress; a complete sense of connection to that true self within you in a moment when you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world besides where you are right then and right there. Living in the present moment – that’s where happiness can bloom. In the experience of freedom, people generally have clarity, confidence, and connection. Freedom is what everyone who is running around in the rat race of our society seems to be seeking. And yet, so many people run after freedom by building on the foundations of the restrictions created by the mind. In other words, we want freedom, yet we chase after it by doing things sometimes that we know very well are not an expression of our true selves. And then, we complain we aren’t happy or we feel stuck. So, we unstick ourselves – something that takes courage and self-awareness. And we start the cycle all over again in search of what an expression of our true potential really means. That’s the beauty of our human nature… you just have to be aware of when you aren’t aware, or you risk staying stuck and un-free forever.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself in a place you love, surrounded by people who bring out the best in you, and who give their love and kindness to the parts of you that have yet to grow. Let all of the obstacles of your mind melt away and just experience that connection to yourself. If you can’t access the experience on your own by imagining it, then make sure to re-connect with yourself by going out and doing something that brings you back home. Home, being the place within you that you love and will take you wherever you are meant to go. Dance, be in nature, be loving, receive a hug, create something, travel, see and experience something new, challenge yourself, listen, be open, be curious, and reflect on your actions and your commitments.

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There’s no one alive who is you-er than you.” ~ Dr. Seuss

People who inspire us are usually people who express themselves freely and creatively. Be that inspiration for others and for yourself. And if you have a story of hardship – tell it, share it, and in a way that favours change and growth over stagnation and victimization.

Be free to be you.