5 Freedoms for Being Human

Humans share the same freedoms to better connect to self and others.

Virginia Satir, one of the major names in the field of Marriage and Family therapy, once made the beautiful statement that human beings possessed 5 freedoms of which they could use to better connect with their core selves and inner resources in the moment. Today we know these freedoms as mindfulness.

  1. The freedom to see and hear what is here, instead of what “should” be, was, or will be.
  2. The freedom to say what you feel and think, instead of what you “should” feel and think.
  3. The freedom to feel what you feel, instead of what you “ought” to feel.
  4. The freedom to ask for what you want, instead of always waiting for permission.
  5. The freedom to take risks on you own behalf, instead of choosing to be only “secure”.

These freedoms encourage people to be open and honest about what comes up for them. Letting go of minimizing or ignoring, denying or lying to the self. When you able to recognize and greet your own experience without judgment and congruence with your behaviors and values, see how much lighter and connected with the world and self you feel.

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