Freedom is a State of Mind
I imagine thatNelson Mandela, the former South African president, who spent 27 years in prison, must have relied on mental and emotional clarity to face the adversity that had enslaved him for all those years. You see, freedom is a state of mind.Mandela exemplified that mental and emotional freedom by pursuing a degree in law through a correspondence program hosted by the University of London. All this he did, while incarcerated in a very basic prison that permitted him only one visitor and one letter every six months.
Later, Mandela went onto earning the Nobel Peace Prize.
Imagine what you can achieve if you put your mind to it like Mandela? Freedom is truly a state of mind, and if you know how to appropriately perceive your circumstances, you are mentally and emotionally equipped to obtain personal freedom at any point in your life. Keys to achieving emotional freedom are dedication, will power, and the inner wisdom to determine and make wise choices each and every day.
Nelson Mandela was a prisoner and his life was controlled by others but no one had the power to control his mind. So I ask you: "why are you placing restrictions on your thoughts that might be holding you back in life? Your mind is a powerful machine and when used with clarity and purpose, you have the ability to pause and release your fear and worry and grasp an attitude of positivity that will strengthen your character and life.
Where are you directing your energies? What is your quest in life? Invest time in yourself to discover what you want to create in life. Remember, you have the innate willpower and intuitiveness to choose which direction in life you'd like to take...without restrictions.
The first step to mental and emotional freedom is creating a blueprint for your mind and your life goals. It is vital that you align your mind, body and soul into one of perfect harmony. Don't set yourself up for emotional disparity because it will guarantee failure. The best course of action is to create and reinforce your thoughts with positive intentions -- use an enthusiastic and adventurous mindset to create an environment rich with opportunities. You are in control of your thoughts and when you pay attention to what your intuition is telling you, you will be able to maintain high and positive energy levels.
We truly are our worst own critics. We tend to be over-analytical when it comes to our failures and successes. Learn how to be gentle and kind to yourself, and accept each moment as it comes to you. If you want to accomplish certain tasks or goals, use your inner wisdom to guide you in the right path. Focus is also key. Concentrate on your intentions for the hour, the day, the week, the month, the year...etc. Whatever your goals are, you need to be consistent in your thoughts and actions, and plan accordingly. When circumstances or "challenges" present themselves to you, learn how to simply be, and embrace them. With each new "challenge," we learn how to overcome or use these situations to our best ability or advancement. Remember, you are in control of your life. You are the leader of your life...and YOU have made all the difference. And never forget...like Mandela exemplified, freedom truly is a state of mind. You are what you choose to be.
Joan Marie Ambrose
Author, Creative Writer, Motivational Speaker