The long 4th of July weekend with its lazy, lakeside days; picnics and blues festivals; hours of cycling quiet roads; and hang time on patio or by the pool brought expansiveness into summer.
This American holiday celebrates freedom. Freedom from the British Empire in 1776 opened up the opportunity to establish a new nation. Out of this freedom emerged the Declaration of Independence and one of the most beautiful and powerful sentences ever written: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (people) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Freedom FROM became the Freedom TO.
I’ve been captivated by this idea all weekend. Wondering where I can bring liberation for myself – what can I free myself FROM so I have the freedom TO live life more fully, more open-heartedly and truly engage in pursuits which promote happiness? [Read more…]