We normally think of “being free” as “being free to do what I want”. But this kind of freedom can mean that someone is compelled by their desires to do things that are unhealthy or harmful to themselves or others. Case in point: the hot fudge sundae I used to want until I realized just how bad I felt afterwards.
Yoga teaches us a higher form of freedom — “being free of wanting things”. When we begin to touch the deep sense of fulfillment and contentment that is already present within us, we are much less compelled to desire anything, especially something hurtful. What a relief it is to know that I can enjoy many things that come to me, but I can be fine when they don’t. It’s a great practice to experiment living this way.