Today's selection on FREEDOM comes from Dr. Charles Martin, a holistic psychologist specializing in mindfulness-based therapies:
"When we can be mindfully aware of our thoughts and feelings with acceptance (e.g., “I’m afraid I won’t be able to do this.”), we have more freedom. Things become a little more workable. That little window of freedom where we register that we are not our thoughts or feelings gives us more space to work and live. Mindfulness – as awareness of the present moment with acceptance – can help free us from narrowed and identified experience because we can experience our thoughts as objects that pass through our awareness, and register that they are not US. When we can let pleasurable and painful thoughts and feelings be in our awareness/experience, and accept them, we have gone a long way toward freeing ourselves from our fixations."