The key to our freedom is letting go of limiting or negative thoughts in order to experience more peace in our life
A while ago I wrote an article on Mind Yoga about how we can change our thoughts once we begin to notice them. Recently, while I was coaching a client stuck in a cyclical pattern of thinking that was not serving them, I challenged them to free themselves from thoughts that no longer served them.
When I asked how they would feel if they no longer had these thoughts, their immediate response was ‘free’. This answer to my question made me wonder how much freedom we all have that we don’t even realize?
Some of the freedoms we have are due to heroic efforts of others who fought in wars to protect our freedom. But what about the freedom we have over our own thoughts? We can be our own heroes and fight for our own freedom by recognizing and getting rid of thoughts that are weighing us down and holding us hostage.
While I certainly don’t know anyone’s thoughts but my own, I can provide a quick list of how you can notice thoughts that no longer serve you that you may want to release and be ‘free’ from. These are:
- Thoughts of jealousy
- Thoughts of anger
- Thoughts of resentment
- Thoughts where we beat ourselves up over past mistakes
- Thoughts in which we want someone else to change or we think we can somehow miraculously change them
How can we change these thoughts? By being aware and then realizing, as the lyrics to the Eagles song says, “So oftentimes it happens, that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we hold the key.”
Yes, we hold the key to our freedom—the key to how we want to look at the world, our lives, and everything in it. We cannot change anyone else but ourselves, so try and free yourself from thoughts that are not serving you. Thoughts of jealousy are a waste of time and energy, as are feelings of anger, resentment and beating ourselves up over past mistakes. Why are we jealous? Do we think by someone else having something it takes away the possibility for us to have it also? It doesn’t. The Universe has an abundant supply of whatever we want. If you choose a “If you have it, then I can’t” belief, you are merely limiting your potential.
As you go about your day, as you observe the freedoms you enjoy provided by others , recognize the freedom you can provide for yourself. Remember the freedom you have over your mind and think about setting yourself free of all thoughts that are not useful to your wellbeing.
Let Freedom Ring for You!
You may also enjoy reading Why Are We So Afraid of Fear by Gabriel Colella