How Changing your Mind can Change your Life!

"Changed My Mind" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Changed My Mind” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I’ve come to the conclusion that true freedom and independence begins in the mind.

I discovered in my own life that when I changed my mind, when I started thinking thoughts or even asking questions, all in the interest on my own curiosity or my own desire to be free or even just to know myself and be me, an independent me, that’s when my life started to change.

Not all of it was pleasant. Many people, especially those in authority over you, won’t appreciate your questions or your independent thinking. They will let you know. Of course, many of you know this already.

But a lot of it is good! Personal freedom and spiritual independence is a good thing! It’s a marvelous thing.

That’s why I drew this image today. She might look alone. But she’s okay. It might look melancholy. But she’s okay. In her heart she knows she’s okay, that all will be well, and that changing her mind and going against the expectations of others and the world around her was the best thing she could’ve done for herself. And for others. And for the world.

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2 Replies to “How Changing your Mind can Change your Life!”

  1. Well written.

    The power of making choices, and giving others the ability to make their own choices, is a great freedom.

    I find myself chatting with friends, and recommending that they explore. If you like liturgy, explore the Catholic and Lutheran world. Then, explore the Baptist world (there are 57 varieties… lol). And then, the Charismatic. And so forth.

    I encourage them to explore Zen, the philosophy side of Aikido, and even atheism.

    And, very few explore.

    I don’t think the lack of exploring is due to fear… of God or the church’s wrath. But rather, imo, it seems that they wish some things to be ‘settled’ and ‘firm’.

    Living in tension appears to be an art… or perhaps a ‘learned taste’ (like coffee)… but it is not really a great tension, it is just being willing to live with uncertainty, and to give room for others.

    Again, a great picture.

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