"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery." Bob Marley
The guru Osho (in above photo) said that when you are seeking freedom from life, you are always on the run, being chased by your finances, fears, and worries. For most of my life, I've been on the run. Running from my neuroses, running from my insecurities, running from my guilt. I've always felt a need to assuage the doubters and endure the people that make me feel less than happy.
Osho said that when you are seeking freedom for life, you are diving headlong into the journey. Chasing your dreams. Pursuing your passions. Setting your sites. In 2009, my book will come out. There will be people who won't like it. And there's a part of me that will want to turn around and ask why, how, really? But when looking backward, everything becomes a potentially destructive obstacle in the forward march through time. So let 2009 be the year when you turn around and run for life, not from it.
Here are 3 ways to experience freedom "for" rather than freedom "from."
1. Surround Yourself with Positive People
"I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you." Roy Croft
According to Dr. David McClelland of Harvard, the people you spend the most time around influence 95% of your success or failure in life. When you surround yourself with people who make you feel inspired, positive, and healthy, you are bound to think the big thoughts and foster the beautiful visions. When you continually hang out with people who bring you down and make you feel like you smoked a stale cigarette while really hungover on a Monday morning when it's 110 degrees outside, you are a breeding ground for struggle and negativity. Yes it's hard to separate oneself if a close friends is a negative person. But strong decisions make for a successful life.
2. Eat Dessert
Fact: Stressed spelled backward is Desserts
While it's important to be healthy and fit, one who always gets dessert generally entertains a forward thinking perspective. Life is tough right now. You deserve chocolate.
3. Give More Hugs
"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives." CS Lewis
It makes sense to compensate for less money with more hugs. And a side note: there is much to be learned from the body language of a hug.
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My book YEAH DAVE'S GUIDE TO LIVIN' THE MOMENT will be released by Broadway Books on March 10, 2009. To pre-order.
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