tao

Freedom

Freedom

"We do not have to “gain” freedom because freedom has always been with us and is not something to be gained in the end through strict and faithful adherence to some definite formulas. Formulas can only inhibit freedom and pre-formations only squelch creativity and impose mediocrity." - 🥋Bruce Lee 🥋

There are three levels of freedom we need to differentiate:

1st is Realistic, Basic, or Fundamental Freedom: 

2nd is Freedom of Action or Choice:

3rd is Ultimate Freedom or Freedom of the Mind, Body, and Soul: 

This is the type of freedom Bruce Lee is referring to. It is absolute and unencumbered by all external factors.  Preached by Taoists and Stoics alike...

Ego

Ego

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” - Lao Tzu 

Ego is the enemy. 

Any solid construct of identity is limiting and stagnant. Sometimes they're expressed as our deeply held values. But most of the time they're an expression of stubbornness. 

It's scary to change because it's vulnerable. But how are we supposed to grow, try new things, or even learn if we're unwilling to leave the comfort zone or our negative selves behind? 

Let's think of a bad habit today, and just observe it as something fluid. Something we have the power to change. 🙌