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“True freedom is always spiritual. It has something to do with your innermost being, which cannot be chained, handcuffed, or put into a jail.”
Recently a close friend asked, “Do you like your life?” I stopped for a moment and said, “Yes, I do!” We then began to talk about how I’ve created the life I want to live right now which gives me freedom to choose how I spend my time. Having the conversation also helped me to release some guilt I felt about not creating more business opportunities. I love having time to spend with my family, clients, meditating, writing, and reading. I love to BE free to practice BEing more kind, compassionate, loving, accepting, creative, and so much more.
It was a beautiful awareness and the timing was perfect. I realize that priorities can be fluid. For now my priorities have shifted and yet after reading the words of wisdom from OSHO I recognize that I have felt the truth of them for many years. Inner freedom is something that can’t be taken away from anyone. We can choose to be free or be jailed. How about you? Do you like your life? Taking time for quiet introspection is essential for my own health and well being.
Today, remaining free of distractions can be challenging with what’s going on in the world. Some of the distractions potentially present restrictions to our personal freedoms. The right/freedom to choose and vote are two that are front and center. Our polarized politics don’t help when a unified approach and solution would be beneficial. This 20th anniversary of 9/11 shows a contrast of how unified the country came together to help one another then after January 6th’s insurrection there is a huge division.
Regardless of the external distractions it’s become more important to make a conscious choice to create time to explore your inner world and ask, “What does it mean to BE free?” I’m sure your answers will be different than mine and how beautiful that is. What emotions do you feel during your exploration? Are you angry, anxious, sad, guilty, or do you feel something else? Remember, these are your emotions and not you! Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk has said, “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” We are free to BE anything we want to BE and create a life that we love! What are you ready to let go of and change in order to love your life more?
Being responsible for our choices isn’t always easy. Choosing to change can feel overwhelming. Ask for help! Take it in manageable steps – baby steps are ok! You’re not alone. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, reminds us that, “He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” Isn’t fear at the root of many changes we resist making? Feel free to BE whatever you choose and love your life unapologetically – let go of any remaining anger, anxiety, fear, and feel free to BE!
I am available, for private intuitive coaching sessions at Storm Wisdom on Tuesdays from 1p – 6p by appointment. If you would like to connect with me or schedule a channeled private session on Tuesdays and explore becoming more of who you are, please call Storm Wisdom (602)334-1204. I am also available by phone or Zoom on other days. To schedule go to victoriabarna.com.
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
Coco Chanel, French fashion designer and businesswoman
I can’t believe it’s already September! Time is moving so fast for me right now. How about you? Many of you are celebrating the Labor Day holiday so I wish you a safe and joyous celebration with your family and friends.
What is it about being ourselves that we struggle with? I look back on the many years I spent wanting to please my parents, family, friends, teachers, employers and employees. In retrospect I wonder how many personas I’ve assumed in order to please everyone. I don’t believe it was conscious but nevertheless it happened. Hindsight is wonderful isn’t it? Although it’s been many years, perhaps looking back and recognizing the contrast of how I was then and who I am now was part of my personal growth and awakening. I chose to become different! I stopped listening to the negative inner voice of self-doubt, second guessing, and wondering if I deserved to be different with the help of a supportive partner, meditation, and friends. I accept me now in ways I’ve never done in the past. I value me! I’m grateful!
John Lennon, Singer, songwriter, and musician has said that, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or to our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” I’ve learned that the more I love myself I lean into self-acceptance. I understand that in order to help others, first, I must help, love, and accept myself otherwise I have nothing of value to give to someone. I choose to live life to the fullest and I’m grateful everyday that I get to be here! I choose love and to embrace life!
Accepting myself has proven to be empowering. I feel free in so many ways. I’m more comfortable speaking my truth and I know that I’m the co-creator, artist, and author of my life. I can choose to change me anytime I want. Brene Brown, American professor, lecturer, and author reminds us to, “Let go of who you think you are supposed to be and be who you are.” In doing this I’ve found more compassion, love, acceptance, inner strength, and understanding. How many personas will you choose to shed in order to accept yourself more? I love this journey of remembering and personal growth. How about you?
I am available, for private sessions at Storm Wisdom on Tuesdays from 1p – 6p by appointment. If you would like to connect with me or schedule a channeled private session on Tuesdays and explore becoming more of who you are, please call Storm Wisdom (602)334-1204. I am also available by phone or Zoom on other days. To schedule go to victoriabarna.com.
“Deep within my heart I hear the whispers, ‘Come to the desert and I will speak to your heart.’ Is the desert real or a metaphor? Can it be both? ‘Of course,’ I hear, ‘Your reality is yours to create.’ Then I remember it all begins with me. I take a deep breath, bring my awareness to my heart and enter the desert deep within me. Ahhhh, I am still.”
~Victoria Barna, Author, 2015
How are you feeling this week? Once again, there is a lot going on in the world as well as families. For those of you familiar with numerology I’ve recently begun a 7 personal year. It’s a year of introspection, mysticism, spiritual awareness, and in some cases solitude. It amplifies my natural introspective nature! So, I find that creating quiet time to enter my inner monastery is important! With so much going on in the world today it is easy to be distracted. Do you find this is the same for you? ‘Being still’ is one way that I find my soul feels nurtured and nourished. It’s my way of remaining centered and able to help others. read more…
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.” ~Aristotle, Greek philosopher
When was the last time someone told you how amazing you are? Yes, in spite of chaos, turmoil, uncertainty, changed routines, not traveling, working from home, and wearing masks! You are amazing to have navigated the past year and a half and more! You’ve found new ways of being, new forms of creativity, new ways to create community, and so much more! You’ve even had new opportunities to know yourself more, in some cases simplify your life, and make personal and lifestyle changes. You are amazing! Do you feel any wiser?
For me, I appreciate the beauty of my garden more, my relationships, and life! I’m grateful for my family, friends, and life in ways that feel deeper. Taking time to dive deep to understand and know myself more has been a gift! Oprah Winfrey, TV host, actress, producer, media executive, and author reminds us that, “It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.” I’ve found that the adventure to quiet my thoughts and enter my inner monastery has helped me to become more confident. read more…