The Five Freedoms: To See And Hear

Virginia Satir was a pioneer in the therapy world in bringing amazing concepts to life to help individuals, families, and couples. She looked at the importance of the "experience" of life and how to make it a positive one. She connected the importance of our 5 senses and what impact they have on our experiences.

The 5 Freedoms are affirmations to help people connect with their lives and survive what is going on at each moment.

We hope you can find the deep freedom that can come from each of these this week and can take a step back in your crazy life to make it as positive of an experience as possible.

Freedom #1: To see and hear what is here instead of what should be, was, or will be

Do you ever feel controlled by should's? What about the pain of the past or fear of the future?

If so, you might need to spend time focusing on this freedom. Instead of "should-ing", look around and see what IS right in front of you.

Instead of getting lost in all the pain of the past, focus on what you DO see and hear that is right here. The past can serve it's purpose in directing you, but you need to heal from it not carry it with you. Living in the past robs you of today.

Instead of getting worked up about tomorrow, sit in today. Embrace it. Experience it. Don't loose today because of what is around the corner. You will never get today back.

I hope you can find freedom in your life by being in the moment. This moment is what you have, don't ruin it or loose it. Lean into it to see and hear all that it is and what it can mean for you in your life. There might be some powerful life lessons right before you!

Come back tomorrow for more!

*Adapted from Virginia Satir's The Five Freedoms

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.