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Health & Wellness Yogic Freedom Heidi Farber What does freedom mean to you? Does it conjure words like autonomy, independence, liberty, and selfdetermination? Choosing the way we live our lives is how we expect to find happiness. From a yogic perspective, true freedom is to decide that you do not want to suffer anymore and there is no reason for stress, inner pain or fear. We all experience insecurity, selfconsciousness and anxiety. When Buddha said that all of life is suffering this is what he was referring to. All that you perceive and experience is in the mind. If you can look into the contents of the mind and turn your attention inward, you can begin to free yourself from unwholesome thoughts and experience yogic freedom. All you have to stop expecting the mind to fix what’s wrong inside of you. That is the core, the root of it all. When your mind starts telling you what you have to do to make everything inside okay, don’t buy into what it is telling you. The truth is that everything will be okay as soon as you are okay with everything. That is the only time that everything will be okay. Stop trying to protect yourself from the natural unfolding of life. By watching the mind, you will notice that it is engaged in the process of trying to make everything okay. Remember that this is not what you want to do. Disengage and stop fighting your mind because you will never win. The key is becoming quieter. As you watch your thoughts pass and observe the thinking mind, you will begin to relax and recognize that you are not those thoughts. Instead, you are aware of the thinking mind. You are just there, aware of what is there. The mind only runs as you are giving it the power of your attention. Withdraw your attention, and the thinking mind falls away. Begin your journey to freedom by regularly reminding yourself that you will not get

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involved in your own melodrama. Untangle yourself from the endless thoughts that consume your life. You don’t have to do anything. Just be there, noticing that you notice. It is your birthright to have opportunities to be happy, and if you choose, to have opportunities to seek freedom. As in any good yoga practice, we liberate ourselves not from a selfish point of view, but from a selfless one. Creating a life that transcends ego and benefits others is a life of happiness. Loving kindness and compassion become your watchwords on the path to freedom. With a heartfelt intentions, we make a wish for the all beings everywhere, seen and unseen. Begin with a Metta Prayer. May all beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering. May all being have happiness and the causes of happiness. The more we release unwholesome thoughts and cultivate the wholesome, we give rise to the awakened mind, Boddhicitta. This ultimate state of being is uncontrived. This natural state of the mind is empty and beyond all conceptual views. It is complete liberation. Practice for others and the world becomes an enlightened place to be.”

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