For, to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela, Freedom Fighter, President of South Africa

Take a deep breath and ask yourself: what does it mean to be free? Sure, there are physical barriers to freedom - like jail. But there are also emotional and psychological traps that keep us mired down like cartoon quicksand. Freedom is not merely the absence of constraints, but the ability and freedom of spirit to live authentically in accordance with your own values. It is the courage to break free from the shackles of conformity and to embrace your individuality. It is the presence of mind to understand that a cage - no matter how gilded - is still a cage. You hold the key. Freedom is not just an external state of being but an internal journey, a celebration of your ability to choose our own path in life. Many Buddhists view a mind free from suffering and limitations of the ego as nirvana (enlightenment, awakening) the ultimate goal of spiritual practice.

Freedom Mantra I am the architect of my freedom. Freedom is my home