In Emma Donoghue’s novel “Room”, the Room is described as “home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where she’s been held since she was nineteen-for seven long years.”
Mental confinement versus physical confinement.
For some of us, we may consider these one and the same. There are few people who enter into physical confinement willingly. Perhaps monks and nuns do when they choose to spend the rest of their lives in a cell, as their sleeping quarters is called. There is not much difference in the size of the cell that a single convict is assigned to and the one assigned to a monk or nun.
The difference really lies in their mental states. The prisoner is not only confined physically, he is confined mentally. He longs for the day that he can be freed from captivity. He lives in the future.
For monks and priests, the perspective is different, for even as they look forward to glory at the end of the world, they have also learnt to embrace the present moment. Their thoughts are self liberating. Their physical confinement does not dictate their mental state.
This morning, for reasons best known to me, I decided to explore the definition of the word Prisoner.
Type 1 – A person captured and kept confined by an enemy, opponent, or criminal
Type 2 – A person who is or feels confined or trapped by a situation or set of circumstances
How many of us are actually Type 2 Prisoners? Take a Time Out to reflect and introspect on the people, situations, thought patterns, behaviours and attitudes that hold us captive. It is as if we have been spammed, they have gotten hold of the passwords to our ability to be who we are meant to be. Change your password now!
Take a Time Out ……. the intentional cessation of an incomplete task, see what surfaces.
For Nelson Mandela, he realised that “as I walked out of the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” What is your insight a syou reflect?
Judy Joseph Mc Sween is CEO/Business Intuitive Meredith McSween International http://www.meredithmcsween.com and Developer of Time Out Corporate and Personal Interventions which incorporate meditative practice and use of intuition into traditional organisational development theory and practice. For further information contact email@example.com or 684 9827.
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