“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day and I am thinking what are we celebrating? As a child I learned these words from the Declaration of Independence.,“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Freedom is precious! I was raised to believe that the United States of America valued these things for all people. Yet as I read the news I see freedoms being taken away by the government, corporations and individuals that have judicial and economic power . I see them selling fear and I get anxious and depressed.
Then I breathe! I still my mind and remind myself to stay in the present moment and that true freedom exist in me.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Independence Day!
I do think freedom begins from within. I also think the lizard has Buddha nature. =)
Laurin Lindsey said:
I agree Debra! I love that I have slowed down enough to notice these little moments!