Originally Posted here: http://www.finerminds.com/personal-growth/stuck-in-a-rut-free-yourself/
Do you feel stuck, weighed down or constricted at times?
Do you hold back from saying what you really feel, or perhaps stop yourself from acting according to your true heart’s desire?
With freedom being defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint”, it is, therefore, part of our inherent nature to be free in all these aspects.
From the moment we take our first breath (and depending on how we are raised), we are encouraged to express ourselves as individuals. However, we are also given a set of rules and beliefs explaining what is “right” and “expected” of us.
Sometimes the rules and beliefs that we are taught are not in alignment with our true self, which leads us to feel like we are living in a box.
For example, you may have been taught that people of a different religion or race are not as “good” as you. Racism is a learned behavior. Children are not born racist. We create separation when we adopt these behaviors.
We have a choice in life: we can either be true to our soul’s calling and honest with what feels true, or live our lives according to the rules placed by others.
When we ignore our true feelings and restrict ourselves from acting what feels right for us, we disempower ourselves and cause unnecessary stress, which quite often contributes to disease.
Here are five ways we can learn to experience inner freedom:
1) Become aware of what feels light and right – then act on it.
The actual experience of heaviness and lightness in the body are the greatest indicators as to what resonates with you, and what doesn’t. Ask yourself, “What is my true heart’s desire?”
Do I want to say yes or no when asked to do something for someone? A “yes” feels light and peaceful in the body, whereas a “no” feels heavy, constricted and draining. Sense how you feel, and be aware of the sensations in your body, as they will guide you to your highest good.
2) Just be yourself!
Stop holding back who you are because of fear of what others might think. Of course, everyone wants to feel loved and accepted, but when you give up who you really are in order to be accepted and loved by people who just don’t resonate with you, you are hurting yourself.
Remember: like attracts like. The more you live authentically and are true to yourself, the more you will attract people into your life that are in harmony with your frequency.
Can you imagine what might have happened if the world’s greatest inventors cared about what other people thought? The first light bulb may have never been invented, or even the first airplane for that matter.
3) Let go of thoughts and beliefs that weigh you down and hold you back from experiencing your freedom.
Take a personal inventory of your thoughts and beliefs throughout your day. Do you have limiting beliefs? For example, “I will never be able to lose those last five pounds”, or “It’s so hard for me to orgasm during sex with my partner”.
What we believe, we receive. Let go of your old limiting beliefs to make room for new possibilities in your life. “I make the impossible possible” is an empowering mantra to help you shift out of old and disempowering beliefs.
4) Love yourself without conditions.
Self-love and acceptance equals the ultimate freedom experience.
Stand in front of a mirror naked and look at all of you. See yourself in a state of full acceptance and admiration for your amazing body, which is the temple of your soul, and a sacred vessel to be honored and appreciated.
Let go of all judgments and expectations. If you have been too self-conscious about your body, forgive yourself now. Say, “I am sorry, self, for judging your body. I love you. Please forgive me, thank you!”
When you think about it, your body is so amazing. It’s constantly processing, feeling, thinking, creating and communicating with its trillion cells in order for you to function optimally.
And remember, the degree to which you’re able to love yourself, is the same degree you’re able to love another person!
5) Practice loving others for the pure sake of loving.
Choose the most difficult person in your life that you need to forgive and accept, and focus on doing just that.
The simple act of letting go and forgiving allows you to experience a new and profound sense of freedom. And by loving others – not because of what they will do for you, but for the pure joy of loving them – you experience the highest form of freedom.