Escaping The Prison In Your Mind That’s Been Keeping You In Bondage

There are thoughts that run rapidly in the back of my mind. Thoughts that had imprisoned me for so long.  Contemplating how my mind became imprisoned in the first place.  Did the imprisonment come from what I have allowed or what I have created? Did I become imprisoned the moment that I choose to let someone else control what I thought about myself because of something they said?

The imprisonment comes from what has taken captive my thoughts about myself and the world around me.

Thinking about your childhood how as children we are so carefree, worry free and happy about who you are and what’s around you.  How your mind is free, open to possibilities with no notice of flaws or limitations. To think that your mind only begins to change and form when the things around you begin to shape it.  The fact you don’t begin to notice your own flaws until people begin to point them out to you.

I can remember in elementary school when people would call me names talking about my teeth, how big my lips were, how my hair was cut short like a boy. That’s when I begin to look at myself differently. I began to be imprisoned by these thoughts when I heard them so much that I actually started believing them.

I was not only allowing others to imprison me but began to imprison myself with self-hate because of these things. I would look at myself and see the negative things people had said about the way I looked.

 

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When you don’t address the issues and continue to ignore it, they just begin to pile up over the years as you encounter more negative labels that are slapped on you.

Then you add on to that negative circumstance that happens that may be traumatic to you and those begin to imprison you even more.

For instance, I began to be imprisoned more when my mom left out of my life and abandoned me for a portion of my life. I questioned my worth, I began to feel like something was wrong with me because my mom left and then I didn’t have my dad since he was in prison. I took these things inwardly and begin to destroy myself.

Through a serious of events, bad relationships, and bad labels, I had locked myself up mentally into a very dark place. It got so bad in my last relationship which was very emotionally abusive that I lost myself. 

I stopped doing what I once loved. I couldn’t tell what I was good at anymore or even what made me happy.

Before I knew it I was in a dark place looking at everything from a pessimistic view, just as all the things I had been through and all the things that had been said to me.

I was desperate for freedom of my mind and the bondage created by things around me and what I created for myself.

It wasn’t until I begin to pray again and get more in tune with God again that I begin to walk slowly from that darkness to the light of freedom, self-love, peace and more.

We have to realize that alone we can’t free ourselves but with God, we can. We also have to realize that escaping the prison in our minds is possible.

Here are some steps I began to take that helped me and are still helping me to be free from imprisonment. These are things you can begin to incorporate in your own life too.

 

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How To Escape The Prison In Your Mind

 

1. Realizing It

The only way to know we need to be free is to first realize that we aren’t. It took me getting to my lowest point of feeling unhappy and not myself that I realized I needed help from the inside both mentally and emotionally. Look at how your feeling, how you’re talking to yourself, how you’re treating yourself or even the world around you. Are you constantly feeling hopeless, depressed, down and out?

 

 

 

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2. Figuring Out What Is Making You Feel Imprisoned

Once I realized I was in bondage the next step was actually going within to figure out why I was feeling this way.  This is going to take a lot of courage to do, some alone time, and some peace. Of course, once you begin to actually sit yourself down and ask yourself questions it will be hard. Asking yourself questions like; what is making me feel the way I am? What do I think about myself? What has happened in my life to make me feel the way I am?  When you dig even deeper asking what have people said or done to me that have hurt me? What have I believed about what people have said or circumstances that I have been in to get me to where I am now? You start uncovering a lot of feelings you had buried or have been avoiding. You will cry, you even get angry but you must uncover and face them in order to know how to free yourself what exactly you want to be free from. Write them down in a journal is what I did. I entitled a series of notebooks ” the journey” because healing, improvement, peace, and freedom to a better you will be a journey.

 

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3. Pray and Prioritize

After creating a list or realizing some of the most damaging thoughts that were hurting me I begin to pray to God to free, heal, and remove those things from my life. I’m sure you have heard the saying that there is life or death in the power of your tongue. Well that’s exactly it, prayer will help you to begin to speak life over yourself rather than all the death you had been speaking previously. When I say life I basically mean positive and death meaning negative. Prayer is basically just like having a conversation with God theirs no wrong way to communicate. Sometimes for me, this looked more like a traditional prayer with closing my eyes and sometimes it was just me calling out and crying to God. It doesn’t happen overnight but it does happen if you have faith and believe.  I began to prioritize which ones I wanted to work on first. I also thought about what I was doing or had done to develop these thoughts. Taking ownership of your part in it is a big step because we sometimes tend to the point the finger a lot in which doesnt help us at all because we have a part in things that have happened to us as well.

My biggest one that I first began to work on was allowing myself to let go of the toxic relationship I was in. I had let go physically but not mentally and emotionally. I had to stop going back and forth to something that I knew wasn’t good for me. I prayed and I began to focus on the actions and thoughts I needed to make in order to begin to detach.

( Even today, I looked back at my old journals from years ago when I began this and see how far I have come with God. How the things I prayed for help than are things I have now conquered)

- I believe in prayer. It is the best way to draw strength from heaven- - Joesphine Baker1

 

 

4. Renew Your Mind With New Things

To change the old you must replace it with the new. Take notice of statements you’ve been saying to yourself how thosestatementss have either been tearing you down or building you up. Instead of saying you can’t do or what you don’t look like or anything else negative focus on telling yourself what you can do, what you do like about yourself. It’s truly your perception that needs to be changed. Begin to read postive books, listen to motivational speakers like Tony Robbins, and  Et The Hip Hop Preacher. You can also record positive affirmation on your phone and play them every day. Begin to focus on the person you want to be and be gentle with yourself where you are. Start slowly working on you from where you are today.

 

 

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5. Be Patient and Take One Step At A Time

Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do so much at once that you give up or start tearing yourself down because it isn’t happening fast enough. Just breathe, maybe pratice meditation or yoga which can help you to become mindful and in control of your thoughts. The key phrase is the journey, which is conquered over a span of time. That time can only be conquered one step and one day at a time. Don’t rush healing and just allow it to work it’s self out as you slowly make the steps towards progression.

 

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Escaping the prison of our minds is possible be we can not do it alone. My relationship with Christ has been what has contributed to my true inner peace and freedom.  This isn’t to get you to conform to my beliefs or judge you for yours this is simply just me giving my own testimony.

 

You deserve to love yourself again. You deserve to feel empowered from within. You deserve to live a elevated life with a postivity. You deserve to be free from all the bondage that you have been suffering from. Escape the prison of your mind by taking the first step because you deserve to live life abundantly at peace with yourself and to the fullest.

 

 

Which tip do you like the most? What is something you want to be free from?

 

 

Comment below and share with someone you never know who needs this 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romans 12:2

1 Peter 5:7

Isaiah 41:10

 

 

 

 

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