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How to Experience Freedom

How to Experience Freedom

What does it mean to be free and what does it mean to be in bondage?

To be in bondage is to be stuck in this or that possibility, having lost the ability to choose from an infinite range of responses. What is the bondage to? The bondage is always to our own boundaries, to our own beliefs and conditioned responses. Boundaries and beliefs are nothing more than ideas or concepts that we have committed to and accepted as truth. And when they are as rigid and inflexible as concrete, we cannot see past them. They become the prison walls that we inadvertently construct around ourselves. You wrap yourself in thoughts the way a spider wraps flies in gossamer. You are both the spider and the fly, entangling yourself in your own web.

Most people live their entire lives in bondage. They are a bundle of nerves and conditioned responses, which are constantly being triggered by other people and circumstances into totally predictable outcomes. To be free of bondage, we have to break down conditioned responses; we have to go beyond boundaries and experience the boundless.

To experience and practice freedom you need to:

  • Practice life-centered, present-moment awareness.
  • Observe your addictive behaviors without judgment.
  • Transcend your fear of the unknown.

Read more: Deepak Chopra's Tips, Spirit, ,

Adapted from Power, Freedom, and Grace by Deepak Chopra (Amber Allen, 2006).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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11:29AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Good(:

4:01AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Thanks

10:38PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Good post!

3:31PM PDT on Sep 23, 2010

Thanks but a bit vague.

7:24PM PDT on Sep 9, 2010

Being ou own person is a life long endeavor
and so much fun.
pat

8:47AM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

I just finished reading the above article by Wendy Strgar about boundaries and how we need them. I'm assuming that the boundaries she's refering to are the ones that prevent us from selling our souls while the ones you are refering to are the ones that prevent us from finding our souls. I like the idea that our boundaries should have doors with the handle on the inside. Thanks for this.

7:06AM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

Well put - Thank you.

6:24AM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

Thank you....

3:00AM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

ta

11:29PM PDT on Aug 22, 2010

ohhh,thanks

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