Four Walls Do Not A Prison Make


I heard the quote “Four walls do not a prison make” many many years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. The actual line is “Stone walls do not a prison make.” This comes from a poem by Richard Lovelace:

“Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.”

Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison

The quote came to mind this morning as I was thinking on something else. I was told the quote by someone, to get me to expand my thinking.

But how true is it that we cage ourselves with limited beliefs and thinking. We don’t need to be in a prison to become a prisoner of our thoughts!

4 walls prison

Have you imprisoned yourself in limiting beliefs, expectations and thoughts? What do you need to do to break out of that self imposed prison?

This quote goes with another from a book I am reading at the moment “How to Find The Work You Love” – Laurence G. Boldt: “if we are to have pride, let it be in our accomplishments, not in our limitations.”

Break out of that mental prison and set yourself free..

until next time

metta

Garth

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About selfhypnosisresource

Hi there. I have an interest in personal change - for the better and have done so for many years. I am working on meditation - that's a work in progress. I have been on a number of Vipassana retreats. I found these of great value. I also have an interest in self-hypnosis and how it can help with self improvement. My blog is on topics associated with personal change, hypnosis, Vipassana and Huna
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