The Cages We Live In and What It Means to Be Free

I beat myself up over that story for days while desperately trying to think about how I might break without my metaphorical cage so I might find my method to the apparently evasive boundary that others appeared to have easily found and were currently pacing.

I questioned why I hadnt worked harder, pushed even more, and done more to develop the life I truly wanted, particularly when it became painfully clear that the one I was living didnt fit that description. Whichs when it unexpectedly hit me. Like a lots of bricks falling on me out of no place:.

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I didnt need to make my way to the perimeter. I was currently there. Reality be informed, I had actually been there for most of my life, and it was so familiar to me that I didnt even notice it any longer.

Thats why I was consistently drawn back to particular individuals, programs, and even books. I was prepared to totally free myself of all restrictions and for that matter, all borders.

When I declined an arranged marital relationship, once again disgracing my family while doing so, the boundary was directly in my sight.

Remnants of Tabithas inner wild came back to life when she strolled away from the pink bunny toward the border of the fence that was keeping her caged in. The closer she was to the perimeter, the more regal and fierce Tabitha became.

For a while I stayed at the perimeter, quietly stalking my environments with the very same pride and inner fierceness as the cheetah who influenced these ramblings. I now realize I was never meant to remain at the border– I was always implied to go beyond it.

Those are the people that are so scared of their own power and the taste of true flexibility that they probably would not leave even if the cage door was opened for them.

When I fell in a container of boiling water at 2 years old and put aside my own discomfort to comfort my mother who had broken down at the sight of my burned body, I took an action towards the boundary.

I recently checked out Glennon Doyles Untamed, and like numerous who have read it, I felt as if it had changed my life– however not due to the fact that it made me think of all the things I was capable of (as held true with a number of buddies who read it), but since it made me understand how capable I had actually currently been.

Born as a magnificent, wild beast, Tabitha had lost her wild by being caged. She had forgotten her own power, her own strength, her own identity, and had ended up being tamed by watching her friend. Remnants of Tabithas inner wild came back to life when she strolled away from the pink bunny toward the boundary of the fence that was keeping her caged in. The closer she was to the perimeter, the more royal and fierce Tabitha ended up being.

Frequently, the cages are available in various colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are made of gold and filled with costly toys and bribes to keep us from going beyond them. Their appeal is just too difficult to resist for some individuals, despite the fact that they are frequently accompanied by gold shackles.

Those are individuals I wish to run with. Those are individuals I wish to call my people. Those are the individuals that, when I fulfill them, Ill know I have actually found my house.

When I saw my younger sister die of an incurable disease and kept her light alive within me by acknowledging the beauty of her life and not simply the distress of her death, I moved more detailed to the boundary.

The book on the whole is lovely and motivating, however the part that stuck to me the most was the story about Tabitha, a beautiful cheetah that Glennon and her kids saw at a safari park and a lab called Minnie that had been raised alongside Tabitha, as her buddy, to help tame Tabitha.

As I sat there in the midst of this understanding, I reflected on my life and all of a sudden the actions to the boundary all seemed to fall in location.

That inner restlessness that simply wouldnt go away, that inexpressible absence of satisfaction and the hollow sensation in the pit of my stomach … those were all signs that I was prepared to move beyond the boundary. I was prepared to uncage more than simply myself– I was prepared to uncage my soul.

Those are the people who are wandering beyond the boundary and have uncaged even more than their physique– they have uncaged their very soul, and together with it, the lots of life times of memories, knowledge, and truth it holds inside.

“Constantly focus on how far youve come, rather than how far you have actually left to go.” ~ Unknown.

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By the time I took off for law school (much to my moms and dads continuing dismay), the border and I were virtually face to deal with.

And naturally, there are some who reside in little, dark, and drab cages that they desperately want to escape however dare not try to due to the fact that theyre so persuaded that its safer, much easier, and more comfortable to just remain.

Glennon enjoyed as Minnie sprinted out of her cage and chased after a dirt pink bunny that was tied to a jeep. Soon after, Tabitha, who had been seeing Minnie, lacked her cage and chased the “filthy pink bunny” just like her best pal had just done.

Others are sparkly and filled with all that flashes. The shine is so extreme that their residents do not even understand theyre in a cage. Theyre so fixated with the shine that they spend their whole lives confined inside and never ever even recognize theyre no freer than individuals theyve been looking down on as being “caught.”.

When I moved to America at the age of seven and couldnt comprehend the language and was quickly labeled as “dumb” however kept going anyway, refusing to let them define who I was, I took another action towards that boundary.

The process hasnt been simple. And sometimes, it has actually been beyond lonesome. It has likewise been fulfilling, deeply healing, and transformative at the same time. And maybe most significantly of all, it has actually permitted me to comprehend that in one way or another, we are all here to break without the cages that have enclosed the majority of us for most of our life.

And after that there are the brave. Those that are really bold and have no desire to be restricted by any cage or any limitations. Those are the people who will do whatever it requires to break the cage so they can set themselves and all of mankind free.

Glennon insightfully keeps in mind in the book that if a wild animal like a “cheetah can be tamed to forget her wild, definitely a female can too.” And thats when I questioned, had I also forgotten my own inner wild? Was I spending my time caught inside a cage when I could be pacing the perimeter rather?

Some cages are enforced upon us by the ideas and concepts of those around us, and other times we put ourselves into them, voluntarily. So we can prevent discomfort, pain, suffering, modification, growth, and our own renewal.

Often they can even be practical, but other times they do nothing however hold us back. The steel cages often tell us who to be, where to live, what we “must” do for a living, how to act, and even who to like or dislike.

Afsheen Shah is a licensed life coach and spiritual coach who empowers women to regain their dreams and achieve lasting fulfillment through a mix of state of mind and way of life modifications which are created to straighten their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Her mission is to help ladies reconnect with their heart so they can shine their unique light into the world and truly embody their inner power.

When I said no to ending up being a physician or a teacher– a abstruse and disgraceful choice for women of my culture throughout those times– I took another action towards the boundary.

Was I spending my time caught inside a cage when I could be pacing the border rather?

I didnt require to make my way to the perimeter. That inner restlessness that simply wouldnt go away, that indescribable absence of fulfillment and the hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach … those were all signs that I was prepared to move beyond the boundary.