Independence day, as so poignantly displayed by fireworks exploding in the sky, sparks feelings of exuberant freedom. It reminds us of the liberties we are so blessed to enjoy because of our ancestors passionate quest for independence. Celebrating our heritage with friends and family is one of the highlights of the year.
But freedom isn’t just about being able to do whatever we want. Real freedom is about being true to ourselves and doing things that free our spirit.
Sometimes there’s an illusion of freedom with indulgence. Often the center of celebration focuses on food and tempts us to indulge because it’s our right. When really choosing not to indulge can give you more freedom.
Opening up to the same feeling of independence through things other than food can be extremely satisfying and much more rewarding, so much so that you forget all about the food.
Now I’m not saying to not enjoy some good food this holiday. I’m just suggesting to shift the perspective away from food as a way to celebrate our freedom.
One way to start by freeing yourself from any emotional burdens. Forgive someone even if you don’t like their behavior, past or present. Let go of expectations and comparisons and find your own sense of contentment and peace within. Celebrate accomplishments based on your own measurements that align with your core values and desires.
Have some fun today and let your spirit run free!
Dance. Sing. Play. Honor. Hug. Love.