The Power of Freedom

"This aloneness is worth more than a thousand lives.
This freedom is worth more than all the lands on earth.
To be one with the truth for just a moment,
Is worth more than the world and life itself."

~ Rumi

If you ever worried about what 'they' thought, or fretted about whether walking away from all the drama was worthwhile, then you are not alone.

Most of us have moments when we compare, worry, doubt, and wonder why fate has dealt us cards that are so challenging, and most importantly why we seem to still be stuck and unable to move forward in life. Our memories of those events are often traumatic with sensory details as our mind keeps playing those tape loops again and again, having us wondering what we did to deserve it, how we never saw it coming, and what we could have done differently.

The world, as you know it, would love to see you stuck and suffering. But never put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket. This happiness is an innate quality and emerges from inside you. It is the deep-rooted happiness in the soul that stays firm and solid no matter what happens around you. Just as the stage of a theatre has to be strong and firm for actors to be able to act upon it, so too does the stage of our soul from where we are to perform all our deeds.

To be happy regardless of all that is going on around us is true freedom. For such a lasting stage of joy we need to create a powerful state of mind. Rather than measuring our happiness against our previous episodes of happiness, or other people's happiness, let's try to keep bringing our focus back to the present moment. Which is the only moment under our control.

The present moment is all there is. When we lack focus on this moment and revert to the past we become melancholy and miserable. When we worry about tomorrow and what may happen, we are at the mercy of our thoughts that have no substance. When we ignore the present moment we suffer. It's only when what we think, what we say and what we do are in alignment that real happiness is achieved. It is what leads us to true freedom.

If you can step away from that useless position of comparing yourself to others, who from the looks of it may have it all, you will find another joy, a joy that comes out of awareness. A joy born out of an experience, a knowing that there will be days of pure magic and of connections that are unexpected and that may surprise you, along with days riddled with frustrations and doubt. Know that each of those days is part of life and living, a building block in your life story.

Our experiences are signposts on our journey. They mark passages in our lives, events we never anticipated, often unexpected and thrust upon us. They portray the start of new journeys and the completion of others.

They free us and allow us to reinvent ourselves. It is up to us to dive in and explore our lives further. It is up to us to decide that despite the uncertainty and hardships we would never let up. That we will keep thrusting our intention into the distance, always seek and find a way to our vision through any obstacle, until we end up successful... or die trying knowing that we happily exhausted ourselves trying to improve our lives and follow our dreams.

Life is too short to spend on regrets. Love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and send them blessings anyway. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance grab it with both hands. And if it changes your life, let it.

Nobody said life would be easy. They just promised it would be worth it. Go make it a great one. Free yourself from all those bonds that would keep you small.

The power is in your hands. You hold the key!

Be free.

© Rani St. Pucchi, 2016
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