In honor of Independence Day next Monday, this week’s Mindful Monday quotes and inspirational songs are all about freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of these things–both internally and externally.
Our list includes uplifting, positive songs from artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jason Mraz[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Mayer[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm].
Monday, June 27th: “Freedom Song”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jason Mraz[/lastfm]
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
When we feel “trapped” in the never-ending cycle of making money, taking care of our family, and taking care of ourselves, it’s hard to remember that we actually live in a perpetual state of freedom.
Exercise your ability to be free today, even if it’s in little things. Drive yourself to work a different way. Eat ice cream for breakfast. Call someone and tell them you love them. Yes, even being able to say “I love you” to someone without judgement is a freedom we take for granted.
Tuesday, June 28th: “Free Fallin'”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Mayer[/lastfm] ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tom Petty [/lastfm]Cover)
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
Life is full of tough decisions, but at least we have the freedom to make those decisions. Next time you are sitting around thinking that your life is cursed, think of all the decisions you made for yourself this week. Did you decide what to wear this morning? Did you decide what you had for lunch?
Some people live in countries or strict environments where they don’t even have the freedom to make these minor decisions. They have only what they have or someone else makes the decision for them. See, your life is probably not all that bad.
Wednesday, June 29th: “Rock ‘N Roll Is Free”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben Harper[/lastfm]
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. ~George Washington
Once you start actually feeling your sense of liberty start to blossom, the world will start to grow around and with you. Making a commitment to being truly free can be daunting, but the effect of your freedom on everyone else is a beautiful gift, and even though you might not readily notice, an inspiration.
Thursday, June 30th: “Freedom Now”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tracy Chapman[/lastfm]
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln
Although slavery is abolished in the United States, there are countries where some people are still made to act as slaves, or illegal situations where unfortunate souls are taken and sold as slaves. Remember the fates of these people in your daily life and vow to never be someone who seeks control over another human life, therefore impending on their basic human right for freedom.
Friday, July 1st: “Firework”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm]
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus
Freedom gives you a plethora of choices. Sure, you can use your freedom to make decision that are hedonistic and fun, but you can also use your freedom to make decisions that are compassionate and logical.
Teach others to be more free by leading an admirable life thanks to your ability to have freedom to act however you want amongst other people.
- What are some of your favorite inspiring songs? Let us know in the comments!