Happy belated Independence Day! Just because the 4th has come and gone doesn't mean we can stop thinking about freedom. Freedom from what, though? From whom? Some might say that freedom is being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Others might say like it’s being able to live however one chooses, without judgement or forced restrictions from others. Some might say freedom is mental; an attitude – having inner peace no matter what the external circumstances are. In some parts of the world it still might mean the simple right to vote. Whatever freedom means to you, I doubt any of it would ever come to fruition without discipline AND compassion. Discipline? Discipline means rules, restrictions and having no fun, right? Sometimes. However, when we incorporate self-compassion with discipline into our lives, we can create practices (that eventually become habits) that are the vehicles to the freedom we desire. Think about it.
The practice of gratitude and savoring leads to a happier, more positive disposition which leads to better health.
The practice of compassion (for self and others) leads to a greater sense of connection, peace and less anger.
The practice of meditation leads to a clearer, more focused mind with less monkey chatter.
The practice of being financially responsible leads to the freedom to go on vacation or get a new tattoo every year without going into debt.
The practice of regular exercise and movement leads to a more flexible, happier, moveable body that’s free from pain.
See the connection?
I know that none of these practices are easy, but when we are motivated by self-love instead of fear, they are much smoother and more sustainable. We must, however, start somewhere and practice… every day. That’s why it’s called a practice. No one (but ourselves) is expecting perfection when we first start. Often, the most difficult step is starting.
Once you’ve started here are 3 helpful tips to keep you going.
You got this and you deserve all the love, peace, ease, and freedom you can imagine!
Jacque Saltsman is a Healer and Life Coach who is committed to the empowerment and healing of women locally and globally. Jacque has attended and staffed the Woman Within Training Weekend and sits in an amazing E-circle in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She can be found at jacquesaltsman.com.