One of my teachers has a saying,
"Unconditional Freedom is Freedom in All Conditions"
I personally have left relationships and jobs and other external circumstances because they were making me feel trapped or out of control.
There would be a small period of exhilaration and relief, where it felt like the oppressing force was gone so I could finally feel happy/free, but without fail, the dreaded feeling would return when another person/situation arose that challenged me.
What I realized along the way, while making the external circumstance the source of my happiness( If my boyfriend/job/societal ideas/difficult client/etc. would just do XYZ, then I could be happy) was that my perception of the situation determined my feeling of freedom in it, and if I didn't lean into the source of the discomfort and find the thing that is making me uncomfortable, I would never be free.
It takes a lot of discipline to be free. To be able to have the internal resources, experience, and mastery to be able to always choose and feel free in any situation.
What person/situation in your life right now is bogging you down?
If you can pretend/imagine for a moment that this person/situation was placed in your life as an agent of change, to make you grow(increase your ability to communicate clearly, to stand up with more determination for what you want, to really truly understand what relationships nourish you, strengthen your ability to say NO!) what action do you need to take to take your freedom to the next level?
Please visit my blog and add your comments as to what actions you decided to take and what the outcome was.