May We All Be Free

One of the most popular sanskrit mantras taught in yoga class is Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, which literally translates as

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

What a perfect sentiment for July 4th, a day when we celebrate liberty.

May we all be free, not just from the shackles of our limited perceptions, but all the ways that we keep ourselves and each other small. Let it remind us of our commitment to freedom, freedom from thinking there is nothing better beyond the horizon, that we must settle, that we aren’t worthy or inherently deserving.

May we celebrate the ultimate freedom to be ourselves and the freedom to know we are all completely and utterly and always the same in every way, in all the good and bad ways of humanity.

This week I am celebrating that I have the freedom to make a choice about how to live, that I am free from worrying where my next meal with come from and that freedom allows me to choose a life that many others may not be free to choose— like following my passions of teaching and writing.

May those fighting for basic survival find freedom in their circumstances, the freedom to choose love over fear and may they always find the freedom to choose love.

And may the actions of following my heart contribute in some way to the liberation of others to do the same.

How are you celebrating your freedom?

4 Responses so far.

  1. Sarah says:

    Lovely clarity here, and covers a wide array of concepts! I love how you start with the Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. I, too have been thinking/writing about freedom/independence a little, but not with such simple, clear tones.

  2. Kyczy says:

    Beautiful – I love that chant. I am taking time with my sweetie pie to reconnect (we have both been crazy busy) . We are going to look forward and make some long term plans / goals to be sure that what we do today will not conflict with what we plan to do in a year or two. So I celebrate my freedom with the daily acts of attention that allow us all to be free: of guessing one another’s needs, assumptions, and expectations. I am truly fortunate that I can put energy to issues such as these.

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