In the United States, July 4th is independence day. We tend to think of independence as freedom from tyranny. There is a kind of tyranny we don’t always consider — that is the tyranny of stagnation.
Nature shows us the freedom that comes with change. It’s change that brings us life.
July is similar to January in that it is a great month for reconsidering our path in life. It’s the first month after a solstice when the amount of light is just starting to change. Historically, in the Chicago area where I live, July is the hottest month of the year. So, it makes July a great month for cooling and cleansing and a great time to use our freedom to re-align the way we are living.
In my case, I’ve been making some changes to my writing and health practices all year. I’ve had some moderate success in both areas. I’m proud of the way that I’ve added exercise and cleaned up my diet and am about 20 pounds thinner in the process. A few months ago, I started a plan of walking 4 miles a day at the gym. That approach went great for a few months, until my ankles started giving out, especially on the elliptical machine. 🙂 So, I made adjustments to do a 4 mile cardio only 4 times per week, take a day of rest, and add some yoga classes to stretch out the muscles that are definitely developing in my legs. Since I’m doing well with healthier living, I’m shifting my focus to completing writing projects that I’ve started. My life adjustments are fairly simple ones.
You may be in the midst of a much bigger transition. In any case, in July give yourself the freedom to make adjustments to plans and ways of living that sounded great to begin with, but have some kind of flaw in them. Or maybe you’re just tired of living in the same old way. You deserve to give yourself the freedom and independence to learn what truly works for your individual path through life.
Finally, July is also a great month to thank our ancestors, and all the people who struggled, suffered, worked and sacrificed so that life has become more just, more peaceful and more prosperous for more people than ever before in human history. Humanity certainly still has a lot of re-alignment to do to ensure that more people have the freedom to live well. Yet, it’s important to realize that some of the changes we’ve made have an impact. More people than ever are living longer, healthier and happier lives.
Whether you live in the United States or not, I hope that every day can be a day of independence, peace and freedom for you. Enjoy this wonderful month of July!
Is there any area in your life that might benefit from some re-alignment in July?