Free to Be- Part 1
The last of human freedoms is to choose ones attitudes – Victor Frankel Years ago as a stunt Houdini went around escaping from prisons except one. It was because the door was left unlocked.
I find the wisest people are ones who foster a positive attitude. Opportunity knocks at the door if only we may open it. Sometimes I get an attitude that imprisons me.
As Joseph Campbell once said, “Life has no meaning, what we are looking for is the experience of life. We shut ourselves off from this experience.”
Just think our individual brain is filled with one hundred billion of cells. Each of use these billions of brain cells differently that either liberates us or incarcerates us.
While death is inevitable choosing to exercise grace, awe and wonder is optional. Neither avoiding nor holding on too tight may I embrace my present experience as amazing mysterious journey. May I be fearless, joyful and peaceful. Fully enthusiastic may my heart be happy, free and well!
What has heart and meaning comes when I listen to my inner truth. Observing and discerning my shadows I can learn by waking up instead of my old habit of judging . Embracing my defects I find that home is right where my heart is. All things are sacred if only I can remember to arrive back here and now. It is time for me to let go of old ancestral messages that I am not enough. For me to fully foster a mindset of grace I enjoy what is fully present. This in turn moves me in greater peace, love, and courage further expanding my luminous and empathetic abilities. I am not tentative, I no longer doubt, I embrace my shortcomings. Patiently I wait so I may find that harmonious relations will respond in kind. Finding greater clarity and truth in our individual circumstances will re-gain greater joy and life purpose. Also seeing with greater understanding allows me greater freedom to see why and how things are the way they are.
More freedom gives me greater purpose, possibility and potential. It is not that pessimism is bad and optimism is good. It is about re-gaining the proper balance in every specific experience of each. Greater awareness and practice of optimism expands options. It is not to say that pessimism does not have important role in our lives, however it does not have to be so dominant. All great champions train in contemplative practices to both visualize success and program their brains toward happiness, love and wisdom. Now may I please re-gain life’s most important choice - either I have an attitude of freedom or suffer mental imprisonment.