The roar of freedom

the roar of freedom

Freedom starts the moment you own what you are thinking, feeling and doing.

In a society fuelled by noise and never-ending distractions, it's painfully easy to get caught up in the pack mentality.

The pack offers safety, shelter, survival and inclusion, nurturing your most primal human needs. And as you move beyond those basic needs, packs can offer status and exclusivity, for better or worse, depending on the pack you pledge allegiance to, and where in the hierarchy you belong. 

Being a part of a pack influences everything you do, from the way you think and act, to where you shop and what you buy. But the greatest problem with that kind of influence is that it doesn't always have your best interests at heart, often lacking purpose, direction and any real awareness of consequence. 

Inside the pack, it's easy to fall prey to the opinions of others, be they unsolicited or welcome. It's easy to get caught up in the fear of missing out. You might even feel it's necessary to change to fit into an acceptable version of who you should be and when that happens, it's easy to lose your identity and sense of worth.

The more you change because of what others want, the more you give away your personal power. Therein lies the real tragedy. Because the moment you give away your personal power is the moment you become a victim, a prisoner, a slave to the herd. 

The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others, and the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.

Buddha has actually called it the lion’s roar. When a man reaches an absolutely silent state he roars like a lion. For the first time he knows what freedom is because now there is no fear of anybody’s opinion. What people say does not matter. Whether they call you a saint or a sinner is immaterial; your whole and sole judge is God. And by ‘God’ a person is not meant at all, God simply means the whole universe.
— Osho

The only way to break free from the pack mentality is to stop, breathe and listen - to the stirring in your soul and to the beating rhythm of your heart. Be led by YOUR internal guides.

Ask yourself: What do I stand for? Who am I? What is important to me? What do I want? What would the bravest version of me do? Who am I not to be great?

Let the commotion and confusion inside you settle ... the answers will emerge. Slowly but surely.

Step into the silence.

Until a great roar arises from your heart. The roar of freedom.

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