Freedom on the Path
In a little over a week, I’ll be heading to Oregon for the Earth Joy Writing Book Tour! I’ll be blogging here daily to share insights, discoveries, and images… As I think about heading out on this path, I onvite you to reflect on your own.
We make many choices in our lives based on chance, history, inheritance, and contingency. These are choices that are largely determined by circumstances out of our control, and they have consequences for our individual and collective futures.
This is where Earth Joy Writers are when they come up against a “path block.” Most of their choices have been largely determined for them up to this point, and now they must decide for themselves which path to take next.
When we realize the path is up to us, and we accept the freedom that is inherently ours, it is as if a parallel path opens for us, one that is both higher and deeper than the daily path we have been walking. It is a path that every living thing on earth also walks, and it is eternal, endless, and universal. From this higher perspective of freedom, we can begin to make new choices more easily.
Take some time to discover this higher, deeper path for yourself by journaling in response to the following questions:
Where do you want to be at the end of your life?
What would you want to know that you have accomplished?
Is there a place you've always wanted to visit?
Is there something you've always wanted to do?
What is missing from your life right now?
What would it mean to have lived a good life?
What can you do to make a step toward that good life?
What first step do you need to take for yourself?
When Earth Joy Writers have done this exercise, they have discovered the freedom that comes from claiming one’s own path in life. They have made decisions that opened them to doing the deeper work that they always wanted to do but held themselves back from because it took them in a new direction.
And I’d love to hear how you are clearing your path for your greatest work. Leave a comment below and let me know how connecting with nature and journaling through Earth Joy Writing is helping you understand how much freedom you really have and where you are going on your own path.
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Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., is the author of 13 books and a writing coach.