The Freedom goal
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you might recall my post back in April this year which spoke about Ayurveda and the pleasure goal.
In it, I explained about Ayurveda’s four principals: Dharma (life purpose), Artha (security), Kama (pleasure) and Moksha (freedom).
Ayurveda is all about balance.
Considered to be the oldest healing science in the world, Ayurveda forms the basis of many of today’s natural healing systems.
It teaches us to be more aware of ourselves and the world around us. We’re encouraged to be aware of what we put into ourselves throughout our lives with the aim of not just extending life but making our quality of life much better.
And at this time of year, we’re heading into the season for Moksha, or freedom.
What does freedom mean?
Wow. That is another huge question.
I love huge questions, as you might have already gathered from June’s blog post about wellbeing.
Freedom can mean anything to anyone.
It can mean freedom from anxiety, freedom from debt, freedom from an abusive relationship or freedom from imprisonment. How can we pin down a single definition of freedom?
Well, according to the principles of Ayurveda, we are free all the time. We are already perfect.
As I assert, you already know.
And while we sometimes assess freedom in terms of outer world logic (ability to move, travel, buy things, eat things), really, it’s about an inner freedom.
That’s a freedom that only you can grant to yourself.
We aren’t looking for more options. We simply need to work out how to manage our options so that we can create or manifest more of what we want.
Technically, we can do anything in this world. We can travel, we can own our dream properties, we can run every day. It’s simply the options we choose that affect our abilities to make those experiences come to fruition.
We need to manifest our desires. We need to make productive choices, eliminate non-productive choices and free up our options.
Finding our freedom
Moksha is knowing that the world cannot deliver ultimate happiness to us – that only exists within ourselves.
We must accept that we do not need anything or anybody else to be whole or complete.
The more we practise freedom of thought, freedom of choice, the easier our journey along the path to real freedom will become. Real freedom options will present themselves and make our path smoother.
However, we can’t avoid our own internal struggles (or those forced upon us by the outside world). We can, though, learn to deal with such struggles, watching them happen from the outside, while our inner self remains calm and detached.
Measuring your freedom
How well you’re doing in a journey for freedom can be judged on how fearlessly you live your life.
The world is imperfect. It always has been and always will be.
But your small corner of the world can be perfect for you. Learn to surrender negative feelings, even when you don’t get what you desire. Turn those feelings into positivity and create constructive options for future choices instead.
My idea of freedom
Freedom is everything. It’s the only thing that matters to me.
Freedom is happiness and happiness is freedom.
To be truly free, I must be happy and balanced in all areas of life – my thoughts, my emotions, my finances, in love, work, time, travel, family and friends.
I cannot extricate myself from the idea of expressing myself. I am, forever, in the pursuit of finding my true self. And I believe that you should be too.
I believe that by truly being ourselves, we can respect each other. We can deal with our emotions better, and we can free ourselves from conventions and society’s vision of what is ‘normal’.
Let’s go wild! Only by going wild can we return to the very nature of what being human is.
That is what freedom is to me.
It’s accepting everything and living in our own truth.
Freedom is life.
I am not afraid to face difficulties, challenges and fears if my motivation is freedom.
We all have (or at least should have) complete freedom of choice. With this freedom comes full responsibility for our own actions – but who wouldn’t take that if freedom was the goal?
What does freedom mean to you?
Until next time,