Independence Day is about sovereignty, the right to self-determination, a new and higher way of approaching governance and rights. We celebrate the independence declared in our country, an imperfect independence that didn't recognize the rights of many human beings but represents an elevation of democracy, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for this country.
As we celebrate the 4th of July, we can celebrate it both for our country, ourselves, and our family.
Nationally, are we cultivating true freedom? Rather than being ruled by fear, are we living as a courageous country, aligned with the highest truths rather than the convenient ones? As citizens, do we support this country's highest form of democracy or the judgmental, intolerant, or self-serving voices that try to turn our political system into a game or low form of entertainment?
For ourselves, are we living as freely as we can? Not free in the sense of being cut off from other people, which is not real freedom. Are we becoming free of the unreasonable and unhealthy demands of our personality? Willing to live as open-hearted, brave, strong beings in this world?
And as I've been writing about all week, are we raising our children to discover their own sovereignty and interdependence? Helping them to grow up as caring, connected, and strong people who stand for truth and justice for all rather than grasping only for their own desires? Helping them to know their own innate goodness, abilities, and being so they can serve their own purpose and help make this a more perfect world?
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.