So what about this word “liberty”…what does it mean to you? For me it triggers the last line of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance: …with liberty and justice for all. It’s a bold and powerful statement yet difficult to uphold at times.
It’s interesting that the word “liberty” came up for this mandala versus the word “freedom.” What’s the difference? In looking up the definition of both words on Merriam-Webster and Google’s “Define” search, both words came up with similar definitions (in google search, enter “define:liberty”). On the Merriam-Webster definition of “freedom”, the page offered this comparison:
synonyms freedom, liberty mean the power or condition of acting without compulsion. freedom has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated<freedom of the press>. liberty suggests release from former restraint or compulsion <the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty>.
So using the ‘liberty’ interpretation…release from former restraint or compulsion…lets take a look at this word on personal level. In what ways are we holding ourselves back, restraint our movement forward? Do we allow fear, insecurity, jealousy, money issues, stinking thinking, etc. to stop us in our tracks? It’s easy for us to play victim and blame outside circumstances for our stuck-ness.
Instead let’s focus on liberating our minds from thoughts and false beliefs that hold us back, that keep us from being free to be who we truly are. For example, I can continue to believe that “I can’t make a living as an artist” or I can adopt a new belief/habit that says I can. Henry Ford is credited with this quote:
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
Ponder this or anything else that is an issue for you at this time while you color this month’s MOTM.
Maureen, The Mandala Lady
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