Have any of you ever thought about freedom and what it means? Most think in physical terms, freedom to go wherever you like, do whatever you want, and not be bothered. Yes, this is freedom indeed. Or is it?
Is one really free to do what they want if their own mind is a prison?
If the thoughts you have limit you; if your beliefs shape the world into a hostile and ugly place?
I would say that not everyone can truly be free, because they themselves will not allow it. Any time someone needs someone else to open the iron bars of tyranny, they are allowing that individual person, or idea, to have power over their own thoughts and actions. Suddenly, you cannot be free until someone ELSE tells you it's ok. You cannot throw a coffee cup against the wall in the middle of the coffee room unless it was already accepted. I mean seriously, who does that? I'll tell you who: those that are on the road to freedom.
We have within us a mechanism that has been named "The Flinch", and it is a powerful instinct (as anyone who has ever flinched before can attest).
This instinct is designed to protect us from danger, like an impending impact or attack on our person. But what happens when the same instinct is triggered when we enter an unfamiliar social setting? Or go for a job interview? How many flinches are we aware of? How many are we not? And (most importantly) how do we let our flinch influence our lives to our own detriment?
I would highly suggest the following (free) e-book which is more of a manual for overcoming this vicious fear-based instinct. If nothing else, read it out of curiosity. It may just be the best bit of self-discovery you've made in your life. Or, it may not, but you won't know until you read it.
The Flinch: Julien Smith: Amazon.com: Kindle Store