Freedom, Choice and an Abundant Lifestyle
© Beverley Paine, 2004
I believe an abundant joyful life isn't about only freedom of choice... it's about responsibility. I'm wary of the word freedom, and the word choice. I think both can be really misleading. And easily corrupted. So we have responsibilities. We base our philosophy around meeting our survival needs as simply as possible (something we frequently fail to do as life becomes unnecessarily complex each day!) - surviving means learning how to be responsible both as individuals and as community members.
Freedom and choice seem more like luxuries to me... we can afford them when the basic responsibilities of life are met. Therefore they aren't that essential... so we don't aim for them. I find it eliminates a lot of the issues people seem to have with other. Abundance happens when we learn to go with the flow - allow nature (our natures) to guide us. When we trust in the natural way of being. Joy is taking a breath and thinking, wow, I'm taking a breath.
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