Here is a guest post from my wife, Gina Lake's blog where she posts frequent messages about living in the now. You can read much more on her website/blog at www.radicalhappiness.com
Even those who have little freedom physically, perhaps because of incarceration or health limitations, have a kind of freedom that can never be taken away. In fact, this kind of freedom is often discovered in instances of extreme physical limitation. When you are prohibited from living your life as you would like to, you discover that which is within you that is forever and always free-consciousness.
Your consciousness has never been bound by a body or by anything. Your consciousness--or Consciousness, which is what you really are--is only temporarily identified with your particular body-mind. This body-mind and the life it is leading is not particularly important to Consciousness. After all, Consciousness (Oneness) has manifested in every possible form and non-form for its own exploration and pleasure. How your particular form looks, what state it is in, and how your life is going is not an issue for Consciousness. It created it all and loves it all, just as it is. It intends to have exactly the experience you are having within your body-mind.
The beautiful thing about this is that this is not simply theoretical, but the joy that Consciousness is experiencing through you can be experienced by you, no matter what your circumstances are. If you are not experiencing it, that is only because you are not paying attention to it but, instead, to the complaints and discontentment of the egoic mind, which tries to define your life and your experience for you. Consciousness defines all experience as good and worthwhile. That is its truth, and it can be yours, not just in theory but in experience...