When was the last time you felt free? Where you allowed your mind to take an uninterrupted break and just be in the present moment? Arriving in a place where striving stops, and you just start being. Do you even know how to free the mind and have more peace?
Ponder with me for a minute, what comes to mind when you think of feeling free? Is the wind whipping through your hair? Is it your list all checked off? For each of us, it will be different, yet we all have a longing to feel some freedom and peace.
One might need to travel back to childhood to unleash the feelings of freedom and peace because we have lost them along the way.
Remembering What It Is Like to Feel Free
Do you remember what it was like to play when your creative juices got going, and you came up with all kinds of ways to entertain yourself? We would ride our bikes with the wind whipping through our hair without a care in the world. No cell phones in our pockets with a parent attached to the other end. We ran and played with a sense of freedom.
One day, in particular, I decided it would be great fun to do a little rock climbing up the face of a hill. So I did. I grabbed tight to the rocks and dirt that kept giving away. I pulled, pushed, and struggled as I scaled the rock wall.
Upon arriving at the top, I shouted, “I DID IT!” It felt exhilarating and free.
Of course, the next best thing to experiencing something great is to share it. So I encouraged the onlookers to give it a whirl. Okay so maybe it was a little more on the pushy side, but I was sure if I could do it so could the neighbor boy. Afterall, I was a girl.
So reluctantly Sammy started climbing. Well, it didn’t turn out as planned. He was bigger and heavier than me. As he tried to move up the dirt gave way, poor Sammy – he was so scared. Upon hitting the halfway point, he refused to go any further. When the tears began flowing, I ran for help.
When the cavalry showed up, they were not too impressed with our adventurous climbing with no ropes or supervision. The parents immediately declared a halt to our freedom rock climbing. But that was okay because our minds were uncluttered and free to wander to other adventures.
After all, we didn’t have to be in until the streetlights turned on.
Then we grew up, and we forgot how to play, rest and be still. Our worlds became noisy, with a constant buzz, ring, or ding of our phones. We set out to conquer the world and to get ahead to be the best that we could be. Those were all good things to strive for, but they did come at a cost.
Did we lose the ability to free our minds and feel at peace?
Do we allow ourselves rest on a daily basis or are the concerns more about rushing through to accomplish the next thing on our list?
So, as a grownup person with all kinds of responsibilities and obligations how can we ever capture the feeling of being free again?
The answer is simple, but the application can be complicated.
To free the mind and find peace one must take time to rest and be still.
For many of us, we will have to retrain our bright minds to-
- Enjoy the present moment.
- Appreciate the stillness.
- Sit still in God’s presence.
- Permit ourselves to rest.
Is It Even Necessary to Feel Free Like We Did as a Child?
YES – YES – YES
When your mind isn’t going a hundred miles per hour, it can wander and restore.
When You Practice Resting and Being Still, It Brings Freedom To
- Be adventurous.
- Explore our creative side
- Notice the things all around you.
- Be you not somebody else.
- Hear God’s whispers and responses.
- Live in the present moment.
- Deepen your relationships with others.
- Find peace.
Rest and being still is a crucial ingredient to freeing the mind and having more peace. But don’t take my word for it – try it yourselves. Join me in the struggle of trying to find a way to incorporate rest into our everyday life.
A time set aside when you are not striving to accomplish but where you just let life be.
Do you struggle like me with shutting it all down to cease the striving and just be? Please share with us how you incorporate being still and resting in your everyday life.