You would never suggest that there was ever a time when slavery was tolerable for other people, but what about you?

Are you a slave? Do you depend on the approval of others? If so, what kind of power are you giving them over you? How do YOU make yourself feel if you don’t receive that approval? Are you a slave to other people’s judgement?

Remember, no one makes you feel any way at all, you choose how you feel by choosing how you react to the flow of life.

I don’t want to be a slave. I do not want to relinquish my spiritual freedom by inviting and becoming dependent on the approval of other people. Once I start depending on other people’s judgment of me as the criteria for my own self-esteem, I put my happiness and my contentment in the hands of other people. In that situation, I have sentenced myself to Spiritual Prison, a dark and gloomy place of voluntary slavery.

Spiritual Prison is the home of pessimism, anger, resentment, anxiety, disappointment and many other forms of “dis-ease”.

I love myself, and I don’t want to hurt myself, so it’s important that I make sure that I’m not dependent upon the approval of others for my own sense of self-worth.

For me it takes practice. What about you?

Practice makes progress. Progress is good.

Be free, know peace and move through your day with spiritual ease, one day at a time.