Four steps to Freeing yourself from your own Self-made Prison
“Self-hatred is self-imprisonment. Self-forgiveness is self-liberation. You have the right to suppress yourself, oppress yourself and depress yourself. You have the right to impress yourself too. Feel happy!” ~Israelmore Ayivor
As we celebrate Freedom this July 4th, I wanted to focus instead on achieving Freedom from our own negative thoughts and choices. I wanted to talk about things we sometimes do that sentence us to self-imprisonment.
- revisiting our past- it's always great to go back and review our past, run a self-audit so that we can improve in the areas we are not so happy with but it is never a benefit to sit and berate ourselves for things we can no longer correct. Instead, we should focus on what we can correct. Shifting our focus forward with what we know now and changing our perspective on what we did then.
- the power of wishing- wishing that we hadn't done "this" or "that" won't erase what has been done. Those we hurt were hurt, those we lied to still were lied to and those things we left undone are still undone. Stop wishing and start doing. Treat those in your life now better than those in your past. Communicate better, don't impose unattainable expectations make supporting those you care about a goal. Daily actions small as they may be are worth more than a wish.
- lacking kindness- you can't give to another that which you can't give yourself. I must know and practice and if not learn, to be kind to myself...if I am to be kind to others.
- forgiveness- there is a quote about forgiveness being something we do for ourselves and not for others and if you stop and think for a moment it holds so much truth. When we practice forgiveness we free ourselves, we take back the power we lost along the way, we begin to heal and put energy back into our souls.
Break those chains that are pulling you down, that are keeping you from shining bright, that are stopping you from creating your best life. Make this celebration matter and begin to take those steps towards your Freedom.
What does freedom mean to you? Have you ever had a moment when you felt self- imprisoned? Share your thoughts and journey with me.
Always stress-free xo,