Feeling a sense of freedom is something we all strive for. When we are in the zone, that’s when the magic happens. When are so absorbed by the passion for what we are doing that all space and time doesn’t seem to exist. Yet sometimes we subconsciously block ourselves from actually doing what we have passion for. Fear and uncertainty prevent internal freedom from wild, liberating expression. For those of us that have graduated from the carefree days of our youth, finding the time and making our inherent joy a priority can seem nearly impossible. There is just so much we are juggling in this thing called life.
What does freedom mean to you? It’s different for everybody. I rediscovered my desire for personal freedom with an untapped passion of mine….African dance. I have always been drawn to African dance every time I saw live performances with smiling dancers jumping, shaking to infectious live drumming. I have always wondered if my visceral attraction to this dance form is due to my ancestral lineage. I believe in this stuff. I don’t know why it took me so long to actually take action and step my foot into a class to try it out. But one day I just did. I’m all about having fun and dance is definitely that for me.
For dancers, to dance is to be free. (This is why, as a once serious party girl, I’ve always been one with the dance floor.) Dance teaches me life lessons. A sense of freedom is necessary. Yet, with Congolese dance, I still struggle with letting go. Release the mind, allow the body to be one with the music. Like meditation, thoughts are not necessary, only your soul. The drumming is seeping in and teaching me what freedom is. This dance from the Congo has made me acknowledge I need these life lessons bad. I’m being shown the way through music and movement. My dance teacher and friend Funmilayo of Fusha Dance inspires many (photo above). What ignites a sense of freedom and passion in you?
3 Keys To Living More Freedom and Fun
1. GRATITUDE: The first step is acknowledging gratitude for living with modern conveniences & education, void of desperate poverty. Once we as humans are not living hand to mouth, struggling to find fresh food, water and shelter, only then do we have the luxury to strive for personal passions, aspirations and freedom. It’s difficult to handle both. Not everyone has such luck. We must count our blessings and extend a helping hand to those in need. Being grateful for our lives offers many benefits. Try stating 5 things you are grateful for before bed or keeping a daily gratitude journal.
2. MAKE FUN A PRIORITY: Ask yourself…What activities do you engage in that offer you a sense of freedom? Have you thought about this lately? If not, make a list of 5 things you once loved to do and don’t do anymore or new activities that intrigue you. I have some friends who rediscovered the wild world of triathlons and they work everyday with the joy & struggle of their personal challenges. Another mama friend, gets up in the wee mornings to catch waves surfing before her busy day begins. It’s so inspirational to me. What inspires you?
4. KICK START A CREATIVE PROJECT: Have you been thinking of some wacky creative project but have not formally acted on it? Don’t let excuses hold you back anymore. Read one of my favorite books for creative inspiration Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. She has just so many gems in there to get you going. Get a coach or someone to hold you accountable to achieve your goals. (This blog is my creative project that I have been thinking of and talking about for way too long.)
3. JUST DO IT! : Pick one thing and set the intention to make it happen. Let fear, laziness, exhaustion, procrastination & all excuses subside. Arrange for childcare if you have kiddies or say no to frivolous outings or tasks. Give this gift to yourself. You deserve it. We all deserve it.
Let your passions ignite within you. Nothing does the job better than movement and action. It starts with you.
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