Do you believe that you are you really free? Real freedom does not mean just physical freedom. It also means mental and emotional freedom.
What does freedom mean and how to gain and enjoy it? Being free means a lot of things.
Let’s examine what freedom is, and what being free means.
Various Meanings and Definitions of Freedom
- Living in a free country.
- Being free to do what you want and express your opinions without fear.
- The ability to delegate responsibilities to other people, so you can have more time for yourself.
- Being financially independent and being able to buy whatever you want..
- The ability to solve problems and get rid of them, instead of of letting them pressurize and limit you.
- Enjoying a vacation, away from work and daily chores and tasks.
- Quitting a job you don’t like.
These are just a few examples of the meaning of freedom. However, real freedom is much more than this.
Living in a free country, being able to do what you want with no restrictions, or being financially independent are great, but they do not necessarily make you feel free. They do not free you from mental programming, prejudges, attachments or beliefs. You might still confine your viewpoint and thinking to a small and limited world.
You might believe that you are free, but still be ruled by subconscious and instinctive impulses and mental programming, which might lead you into all kinds of undesirable situations.
There is another kind of freedom, real freedom, independent of external situations and circumstances. This is inner freedom, which lets you experience a sense of peace, happiness, and limitless freedom wherever you are.
External freedom is important, but so is inner freedom. In fact a mentality of freedom can exist where there is no freedom, though it is quite rare. This kind of mentality needs to be developed through certain means and requires some time and effort.
What Are the Characteristics of Inner Freedom?
1. An open mind, and the willingness to accept new ideas.
2. The courage to learn and try to understand different points of view and different opinions.
3.The possession of common sense.
4. The ability to see things from various points of view, and not confine yourself to just one point of view.
5. The possession of tolerance, and the ability to understand other people, without bias, prejudice, or through the colored glasses of one’s beliefs and mental programming.
6. The ability to form your own opinions, and not allowing other people thoughts and opinions dictate to you how and what to think.
7. The ability to accept new ideas, to try new things, and be willing to make changes in your life.
8. Possessing a certain degree of emotional detachment. This ability frees your mind and feelings from adverse external influences, and frees your from attachment to anything the confines and limits you.
Being attached to possessions, thoughts, beliefs and ideas is like being tied by a rope, which limits your movements.
9. Freedom also means inner peace, the ability to free the mind of unnecessary and useless thoughts, ideas and beliefs. If you can gain this state you will feel free wherever you are.
10. When you feel free, irrespective of your current circumstances, you let go all emotional and mental shackles that tie you down.
How to Feel Free
You can feel free by following and trying to think and live as was described here, in this article.
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You can also grow the sense of freedom by learning to control your mind and thoughts. This requires a certain degree of concentration and mental strength.
Developing a sense of inner peace and learning to calm down the nonstop thinking of the mind also contribute to the sense of freedom.
Developing a certain degree of emotional detachment, as mentioned earlier, can help you stop taking things personally and free you from stress, inconvenience and attachments to habits and a mindset that limit you.