In honor of it being Memorial Day, I would like to contemplate what it means to us to be free. What does being free mean to you?
In your journal on the top of the page, write I Am free…. then just start writing anything that comes out. In my journal I plan on making a list of things that demonstrate freedom in my life. I can make it an even more powerful exercise by adding gratitude to the end of each statement.
I Am free:
1. to live wherever I want. Thank you!
2. to pursue any kind of work I want to do. Thank you!
3. I can wear anything I want (so long as I wear something out in public. Ha!) Thank you.
4. I can create, research, and connect with others on the internet without censorship. Thank you
5. I am free to watch anything I want to watch on tv and read anything I want to read without censorship. Thank you
6. On any given day I am free to change anything about my life. Thank you
I will stop there. You get the idea. your turn.
Being aware of our freedoms and what we have to be thankful for is very powerful.
The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I dedicate this post to the many men and women who have served their country so that the rest of us may enjoy the freedoms that we have.
In honor of the Fourth of July, I offer a simple journal exercise of writing a list of things that make you feel free. My list today would begin like this:
What makes me feel free:
1. Not worrying about anything.
2. Time to do what I want to do: (write, exercise, spend time with family, etc.)
3. A good night’s sleep
4. Feeling focused with a sense of purpose
5. The fact that I am blessed to live in a country where I am free to move about, use the internet and pretty much write about what I want, wear what I want, practice the religion of my choice, etc.
What makes you feel free? Write a list in your journal and then a good practice would be to write “thank you” after each idea.
What we appreciate appreciates.
I appreciate being free!
Enjoy a blessed day of freedom
For your journal writing tonight, think of areas in your life where you feel stuck. It can be related to your job, health, diet, relationships, general direction in life, etc.
We all have our “mental tapes”. Journal writing is a wonderful exercise to retrain and rewrite some of these tapes.
So, for instance, perhaps you feel you are “STUCK” in a dead-end job, living situation, weight, etc…..
Go ahead and list all the things where you feel stuck or at least a bit stagnant. Then go back and reword your phrases. You want to stop affirming what you are feeling stuck in (which will give you more of that) and re-write the script (which is your life by the way) to something more positive.
How about the concept of freedom? Not only being free of the thing(s) you are feeling stuck with- but free to do, be, experience, pursue WHAT YOU REALLY WANT!
Remember, what we focus on grows.
So, cross out the” stuck scripts” in your journal entry and write your freedom scripts.
For example, my freedom scripts for this entry might read:
1. I Am free to exercise my creativity.
2. I Am free to travel and visit any part of the world that I want.
3. I Am free to make a prosperous living using my talents, strengths, and passions.
4. I Am free of worrying about others’ opinions.
5. I Am free to be myself.
6. I Am free to experience my day however I want (whether it is a “work day” or a weekend day).
You get the idea. Go ahead and write. If you noticed, I did not even give any specific examples about what I feel currently stuck with in my life.
Why not go right into the good stuff of what I want in my life? FREEDOM.
Go ahead, write… I AM FREE… now write as much as comes out of you. You may find you go to sleep tonight with happy, liberating thoughts and a peaceful heart. Then you will wake up ready to live the REST OF YOUR LIFE ON YOUR TERMS ( and sleep very peacefully at night as well).
In Peace and Freedom, (and being UN-STUCK!)
For this Fourth of July weekend I am thinking of all of the Freedoms that we Americans have. We are very blessed.
Today as you go about your day or this evening as you settle in, perhaps you can think about or write in your journal all of the many freedoms that you enjoy and are thankful for.
Here is my list:
God bless America and all of the freedoms we Americans are fortunate enough to enjoy!
Debra : )