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?