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What do you need freedom from? Is it something tangible, such as a person, place, or thing? Or is it possibly an emotion that is holding you captive? Close your eyes and let one word come to your mind. Imagine life without it. Contemplate habits, beliefs, and thought patterns. What no longer serves you at this age or stage? Trade it out…see this word as a symbol of your bondage…and nothing less than your freedom is on the line.

We struggle when we feel tied down by our situations, our resources, our abilities…or even our looks. But in this place of disappointment, resentment, self-disgust, or despair, we contribute to the downward spiral. We shrink. We fester. We fatigue.

Are you going to live 90 years? Or, live the same year 90 times? ~Wayne Dyer

Freedom is a worthwhile goal. Freedom is being who you are. Maybe it’s being allowed to get married or maybe it’s allowing yourself to be loved. Either way, you are unrestrained…uncensored…and unflippingly authentic.

You don’t fit into a box? The good news is you weren’t supposed to. The bad news is most people don’t realize this. So, see stereotyping for what it is — a tool of ignorance and judgement…and what it is not — within the arsenal of love and acceptance. Stereotyping will probably not kill you, but it has the potential to zap you…if you step into the role of victim or martyr.

Sacrifice is the unfortunate side effect of these two roles. When we sacrifice, we remove our choice and therefore our personal power and eventually what feels like our freedom. If we allow sacrifice to persist within the body, we create resentment and dis-ease.

Freedom mostly resides in the throat chakra as our ability to self-express. This can affect your voice and the way you refrain from speaking your truth. This can also relate to your decision to dress a certain way…or to break out of a life that someone else has set for you.

When you think about your personal values and goals, ask yourself, “are these mine or someone else’s?” Because, true happiness is in congruence with yours. Those values and goals that resonate within you.

Too frequently, we think we’re choosing peace and comfort over freedom. But, in truth, we’re sacrificing our inner peace in hopes of outer peace.” ~Nancy Levin

imageI would love to hear what your need-freedom-from word is. Please share it below or in a private message to me by next Tuesday. I will be giving out Seven Steps to willPower to one lucky respondant and sharing the anonymous listing of our “words” (mine included!) with next week’s blog.

Do you want to explore FREEDOM further? Click here for quotes, mantras and our willPower dedicated weekly exercise.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.

2 Comments

  1. Raeanne Niemer
    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 12:46 pm ·

    self-doubt is what I would love to be free from. It was an honor to meet you Sarah. It was interesting as I was reading this today I could hear your voice speaking the words to me. Bravo on all you do to keep us connected to WOW. Thank you !

  2. Sarah Ingmanson
    Sarah Ingmanson
    Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 4:16 pm ·

    Thank you so much, Raeanne! I appreciate your words. And, that’s the second self-doubt on the list!