San Quentin State Prison
Gandhi once said, “No one can imprison the mind.” This quote has grown to be my inspiration over the last few years. As a “lifer” in San Quentin State Prison, I don’t know when I will get the chance to escape the physical constraints of my imprisonment. This thought has tortured me for quite a while. The uncertainty about my future kept me in a state of constant doubt. Then somewhere along the way, I stopped worrying about it and left myself open to create an internal freedom.
I realized my physical incarceration has nothing to do with my mind. I have the freedom to be in any state of mind I choose. In the past, I would hand this power over unwittingly to individuals and situations of my physical existence. Something would happen or someone would do something and I would get angry. I allowed myself to be controlled, and I had no idea it was happening. But one day, I let it all go. Some may say I had an epiphany. I would say I woke up.
Today I am a believer in Gandhi’s words. I know that my mind can only be imprisoned by the person I give that power to. Gandhi’s words are a guiding reminder to me to never give away my control again. I have been able to accomplish so much since I woke up. I have escaped my physical constraints and allowed my ideas to create wings into the free world. This escape has provided me with a life. A life of freedom of mind.
All communications between inmates and external channels are facilitated by approved volunteers since inmates do not have access to the internet. This program with Quora is part of The Last Mile San Quentin. Twitter: @TLM