8 Ways to Free Your Mind So Your Life Has Room to Grow
You Might Be Surprised What’s Holding You Back
I recently had my groceries delivered using an app that charges a service fee. They say delivery is free if you spend a certain amount, but still charge the service fee. So, not really free, is it? In other words, there’s an obstacle or obstruction or barrier that has to be dealt with in order to actually get something for free.
It got me thinking about what it means to be free. And, how we often stop ourselves from getting what we want because of not feeling free to do so, for any number of reasons. I know for me, I have enough constant mind chatter that has a tendency to become a script for a Woody Allen movie, and not in a good way.
“The only thing standing between me and greatness is me.” Woody Allen
True Freedom Starts in the Mind
To truly set yourself free from all that shackles you so you can live in a individual state of freedom, it starts in the mind. It’s the only environment over which we have total control, our mind. Once you allow yourself to clean out your mind environment, you’ll feel freer in many new and expansive ways.
What currently binds you into a certain way of thinking? It usually comes down to habitual thought patterns. Dr. Martha Beck says habitual thoughts are “like ruts in a dirt road. The mind slips into them over and over, and at first, steering down another route is extremely difficult.”
They can come from years of doing things the same way, or from being attached to old beliefs that we were conditioned early on to hang on to, or from a feeling of safety that can wash over you, the safety and familiarity of habitual thinking.
Here are some thoughts on how to free your mind which will open up all kinds of space for new thoughts and a new way of living your life.
8 Freedoms in Thought & Action
Free up the old — Make note of how you’ve been conditioned to think about things. Where are you shackled based on old stories you’re hanging on to? Don’t worry about making the changes. Just ask the questions and then watch where your mind goes. No judgment, just information.
Free the Yes —Turn off your automatic No. Observe when you’re quick to say no. Instead, just say Yes for a change. Look at what happens. Start with a whole day: say yes for entire day, to everything. Then a week, then a month. That action alone will expand your life.
Free the right brain — Dive unabashedly into a creative project that takes you out of your comfort zone. Paint, write a poem, build a table, create a show in your living room. Even if it’s just for you. Genius flourishes in the right brain!
“The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” Carl Jung
Free your words — Let both your critical and emotional thinking come through in your words. Tell people how you feel! Use the words “love” and “want” and “believe” and “yes” and “hero” and “yes” often and without the fear of being judged.
Free your judgment — of self and others. It’s a weight that imprisons your thoughts, spirit, body and actions. Self-judgment is one of the greatest non-starters, putting the brakes on before ever getting started.
Free your stuff — Purge, purge, purge. Clean out your space at least twice a year. Free space allows for clarity and for more good stuff to come into your life.
“When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.” Marie Kondō
Free your ideas about money — Barbara Wilder in the book “Money is Love” says “money is energy and thought directs energy; we must be able to consciously direct the flow of money/energy in our lives.” It’s all connected.
Free your control — This is the ultimate. This is where progress gets stuck in the guise of perfection. Be gentle for starters. Be clear in your intentions but let go of any specific result. Allow your intentions, buoyed by true desire and belief, to guide your next steps. Let go and let flow. The same goes for trying to control other’s actions. This not only imprisons them, but imprisons you as well. Let go and let flow.
It’s so interesting how the freedom of mind can spread out into other areas of our lives. It’s all connected.
Freeing your thoughts leads to freeing your actions leads to freeing your life. Now that’s something to ponder.
Here’s Another Powerful Free Action
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