How to be a Free Spirit: The Art of Experiencing the Flow of LifeFFOL Editor 1
It is so easy to feel stressed and overcome with anxiety in today’s world, so learning how to be a free spirit seems like the only way to function.
Okay, so you’re probably thinking “Brett, what the heck is a free-spirit?!”, and you would be totally valid in thinking so. This term has been thrown around a lot recently, I won’t lie to you. But luckily for you, I’m going to dawn some light on this situation by explaining how to be a free spirit.
What is a free spirit?
A free spirit is someone who goes with the flow of life. This type of individual is usually fully comfortable with themselves. They accept everything for what they are and go on with their day. Usually, they are very positive. Free spirited people do whatever makes them happy, are content, & keep their cool better than most. Most of these people see things differently *urban dictionary*. [Read: Books to read if you want to reinvent your life]
Make sense? In order to learn how to be a free spirit, you must first learn what it means to be a free spirit. According to urban dictionary, it essentially means that you are an independent person whole-heartedly yourself. You will find the good in every day, and make light of bad situations. I don’t know about you but this seems like a fantastic way to live. I personally do my best to be as free spirited as possible. So far, it has worked out pretty well for me, I think. [Read: 20 things to be grateful for that you don’t appreciate enough in life]
Why you should learn how to be a free spirit
Okay, so now you know what it means to be a free spirit, and maybe you’re thinking “why?” Well, let me tell you! When you change your mind to see the positivity in the world, amazing things start to happen. Heard of the “Law of Attraction?” To sum it up, it basically means you attract what you are. If you think positive things, positive things will come your way.
Many people, myself included, believe in manifesting greatness; if you continue to say and share that you will be successful in your career, the universe has a way of making that happen. It is a huge phenomenon in the world as of late. It is incredibly interesting to see how effective it can be for many people.
So, why should you learn how to be a free spirit? Because life becomes easier when you allow it to be easier. It is as simple as that. [Read: The path to self-love and acceptance]
How to be a free spirit in 5 easy steps
Now, you might be thinking, there’s only 5 steps? I would say, well, yes, that’s sort of the point. Being a free spirit doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact it really shouldn’t be. Think less, do more.
#1 It all begins in your mind. It’s true, you guys. You can’t expect to live a happy, healthy, fulfilled life, if you don’t believe that you deserve it, or that you’ll ever achieve it. Remember that Law of Attraction we talked about? It related primarily to your thoughts actually. It is all about perspective.
For example, if one bad thing happens in the morning, I used to let it affect the rest of my day. I would verbally say “Oh great, what a wonderful way to start my day” and that would be the end of it. From that point on, every little thing that happened would be tarnished by my negative attitude. Something small like breaking a nail or dropping something on the floor would leave me saying “Of course, just another thing to go wrong.” I was so negative, and it began to seriously tarnish my entire life.
Now, if I wake up and something bad happens, I force myself to think differently. I laugh it off, and say “It’s okay, this is minor.” Change the way your mind sees the world, and the world itself will change. [Read: How to stop the negative thoughts dragging you down]
#2 Let go of the past. Something that has always been a huge barrier to becoming a free spirit is the ability to let go of past mistakes, and it truly makes sense. Think about it: If you are constantly harping on the past, you are not going to be able to embrace the future, and more importantly, the present. Live in the moment, and it becomes increasingly easier to be a free spirit.
#3 Don’t hold grudges. I spent a large portion of my early twenties holding grudges against people that just truly weren’t worth my time or energy, yet I was consciously choosing to spend timing hating them. Maybe “hate” is a strong word, but you get what I mean. If you are holding a grudge against somebody or something, you are consciously wasting your energy. Your energy is very valuable.
Don’t put your energy into anybody or anything that doesn’t deserve it. [Read: 17 ways to welcome positive energy into your life]
#4 Take time to reconnect with nature. My biggest piece of advice is to take part in “grounding exercises”. Not sure what grounding is? Basically, it is the act of touching bare skin to the earth. The easiest means of doing this is to simply walk barefoot, however you can do this any way that involves touching your skin to the ground. Some like to lay or sit in the grass with bare skin showing.
Grounding, also known as earthing, is known to decrease stress levels, increase your immune system, and allows you to reconnect with nature. [Read: How to find yourself when you feel like you lost your way]
#5 Look on the positive side of life. Life looks a lot better when you are looking on the positive side of it. When learning how to be a free spirit, this is one of the most important steps. Learning to put negative thoughts to rest, and inviting positive ones in their place is crucial not only to your sanity, but to living life like a free spirit.
I know it can be difficult to do so. It is crucial that you force yourself to think positively. Eventually, it will become second nature and you won’t have to work so hard for it.
Now that you know how to be a free spirit, it is time to put it into action. Living a free-spirited life has been the best decision I have ever made, and I assure you that you will feel the same.