There are lessons to be learned wherever you are and sometimes least expected. They appear in many forms and in many different circumstances. #Freedom’sJourney is about the inner path we must take to become liberated from our attachments and to experience true liberation. Like most of us, I’m sure at times, you feel like your life is kind of flat, perhaps even boring. You want things to be, perhaps even exciting, whatever that means to you.
I know the feeling because I’ve felt it at many times, fortunately, less and less. Then in a yoga class, it hit me. For more than 20 years I have been a serious student of Yoga. I get excited about breakthroughs in my practice. But this particular class was different from most of the other classes. We held the postures for five minutes—finding that edge between pain and pleasure. Pushing ourselves, yet respecting our boundaries. Like so many other things after a little success, you want more. In the rest of my life, I wanted things to go faster than they were. I became impatient. I wanted things to be different.
In each class, the teacher would read a passage that would help you get your mind off your discomfort. What she read on this occasion has made a huge difference in my life.
“A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon!”
If you knew that you would become a butterfly at the right time, would the cocooning be more meaningful? Consider an area of your life in which, you are being held back by a restricting cocoon? Look at what’s holding you back as if it were the road you must travel. Stop the struggle, feel the freedom and fly away!
You know I love to hear from you. Thank you for being part of our community. Let me know what restricting cocoons you are ready to let go of.
Until next time, walk in freedom and
Embrace this Great Mystery, this Great Adventure, called, “Life,”
Mark Susnow is a life coach and strategist and thought-leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. A former trial attorney for 25 years and musician, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation.
If you are curious to find out how Mark can make a difference in your life both personally and professionally, you are invited to contact him at 415.453.5016 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out about his new book, The Soul of Uncertainty, a Fable for our Times.
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“Much wisdom is revealed in this ambitious lifelong journey of uncertainty, discovery, and enlightenment.”
—JOHN MACON KING, Publisher, Mill Valley Literary Review
“If spiritual intelligence appeared to you in human form, would you listen?
The Soul of Uncertainty lets you peek into that possibility to illuminate your
own soul‘s journey.
—RAZ INGRASCI, Chairman, Hoffman Institute Intl.
“A revelation! A wake-up call! Most all of us are looking for deeper meaning. The Soul of Uncertainty lifts up the human spirit and becomes your guide on an empowering journey of self-discovery.”—TEMPLE HAYES, Difference-maker, Speaker, Author, When Did you Die?
“Let yourself gently fall into this tale of a peaceful journey where you’ll gain trust in your inner voice and confidence in your authentic self. Discover how the most difficult experiences can be your best teachers.”
—RALPH MARSTON, Publisher of the Daily Motivator