Freedom is a condition you must demand! Freedom is a state of mind — and upon recognizing this, you can be free everywhere.
Great video about The paradox of choice
A Free Spirit is a person, animal, or object that is “free” from all wordly concerns and can act of his own choosing. Free Spirits are relaxed, cultivated, and free.
A person who's bound only by his will power and desire.
To truly become a free-spirit is to loose the fear of death…
Self destruction is self liberation
when one acts all wild and carefree.
She ran around as a free spirit and didn't care if anyone saw her.
Promiscuous hippie women “she's a free spirit”
How to Be a Free Spirit
Understand what it means to be free. …
Pursue your passions. …
Let go of whatever is holding you back. …
Let go of whatever you're rebelling against without a higher purpose. …
Live in the moment. …
Keep your ego in check. …
Honor other people's freedom.
Being a free spirit means you have your own passions and your own world to enjoy. Doing things because they make you happy, however weird or wacky they may seem to others, is so important. Either let people join your quest for happiness as mentioned above, or accept the judgment and do it anyway. This ties in with being independent – do what you enjoy doing and don’t let anybody make you feel uncomfortable about it.
Autonomy and Freedom of choice are critical to our well being, and choice is critical to freedom and autonomy. Nonetheless, though modern Americans have more choice than any group of people ever has before, and thus, presumably, more freedom and autonomy, we don't seem to be benefiting from it psychologically.
— quoted from Ch.5, The Paradox of Choice, 2004
We are aware of political, economic, military and even intellectual freedom. We understand what religious freedom is. But spiritual freedom would mean the freedom from all religious dogma. You may be following a particular religion in order to remain disciplined in life, as the objective of every religion is to make an individual organised. But the greatest challenge for the person is to free himself from any narrow thought that may be originating indirectly while following religious guidelines. Particularly when these principles are interpreted for the public by those who lack depth or the understanding of the context, there is a greater danger of being caught in a trap.
How to remain religious, yet be spiritually free? Combine both devotion and knowledge. Devotion helps you to stick to a chosen value, ideal or a path while knowledge helps you to practise self-judgement and gradually release yourself from all entanglements, even bondage of religion. We practise religion to remove our attachments but in the process if we pick up a heavier dose or a new set of burdens, then life will lead itself only to the darkness of greater intensity. Any idea oversimplified is susceptible to vulnerability: it lends itself to greater probability of being narrowly interpreted. The strife to spiritual freedom makes us aware and cautious of such petty thoughts, superstitions, wrongly construed ideas, and false beliefs which tie us to stereotypes and creates fragmentation instead of releasing the mind to higher planes.
The challenge is to remain religious yet spiritually free. The first principle to practise this is to forget that only my religion is great and the rest are all inferior to it. The next step is to remember oneness of God; there may be different manifestations at different points in time but they cannot be different ultimately. This belief develops again by combining knowledge with devotion. Only self teaching can inculcate this feeling in us – preaching is only suggestive; it only gives a direction to the mind; the home-work has to be done.
The journey of life is indeed wonderful – it begins from what is domestic and leads to the universal. All of a sudden the universal cannot fall from the sky. The progress is gradual and maybe even sluggish. But once the closed doors and windows open then there is a sudden break. Light enters from all outlets.
The joy that arises in that state of vacuum is mahananda. Once one tastes it, the lingering effect remains in his life forever. In the material sphere when we talk about happiness and sorrow it is in response to gain and loss respectively. But t mahananda is beyond all of that. In a very few individuals with no riches and even with all types of losses in material sense at times you get to see this indescribable composedness. They have attained such a material (parasmani) which converts everything into gold the moment it contacts.
In this state you do not have any specific sectarian feeling. It is almost like a ladder you utilise to go to the roof and once you are there you do not need it anymore, as Ramakrishna said. You reach a stage which is beyond all give and take, all that is good or bad and all that has a limit. Into that mahasunya you get released to realise your limitlessness. In his poem “Where the mind is without fear…” that is the type of (spiritual) freedom Tagore meant by concluding, “Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake”.
Choose your freedoms wisely so not to be too costly. Make sure you don't become you own worst enemy by over indulging in such things as pleasure, desire, and wants. Freedom of choice is FREE WILL. Be sure your freedoms don't become your burdens. A situation in which you thought you were stuck in will now be open for you to see with clarity of mind.