Are we really free?

By December 6, 2016Podcast

About Bodhi

In conventional speak, John McInroy is a South-African born social activist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, ultra endurance athlete, international field hockey player, actor and vegan yogi. In more authentic terms, Bodhi is a human you may see walking the streets barefoot trying to find new ways to tread as lightly as possible.


  • Mechi says:

    This is a quote I love : “do you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? “

  • Shan says:

    Thanks for the podcast. It was great to reflect on what you are saying.
    We are not given much choice and most times we end up in situations, with people, in education, careers, partners not because of choice, but rather circumstance and outside pressure.
    When I met with you around the time you were interviewing for a PA, I was going though this exact thing. I subsequently left my corporate position, walked away and started writing. Scary, hell yes, but oh so liberating. My mind, heart and spirit have been opened to a host of opportunities and I learn humbly every day. My finances have changed enormously, but life is good. I am slowly clawing back at what I choose, still a long way to go, but the first step has been taken. I would choose a name that means “tenacity”. Thank you, keep writing!

  • John says:

    I really love that quote Mechi! Thank you for sharing!

  • John says:

    Shan – wow! Thank you for sharing that. And really amazing to hear from you and get an insight into your journey. What about Sahasa? It means courage. A beautiful name. I appreciate the support and encouragement. Ps how did you enjoy receiving the podcast vs a written piece? I’m experimenting & would love your feedback! Much love!

    • Shan says:

      Love Sahasa!! Life is incredible as we can all journey alongside each other and be respectiful and supportive. I loved the podcast. I have a friend, Kathryn Wiseman who has a Blog called A Fulfilled Life, she intersperses her writing with 5 minute podcasts or simple “thoughts for the day.” They are instant and intimate. Great to mix it up. Hopefully see you on the road sometime. Take so much care and much love back.

  • christine brooks says:

    congratulations on your first pod cast. loved hearing your voice. good question. no, would be my answer. so many things are decided for us and society has a lot to do with it, along with expectations. in order to be free to make choices one must not care what others think, at least that is my first thought.

  • bela says:

    With owning Awareness – Bodhi you’ll be the real king 😉

  • Tess says:

    I thought your name was Boongy;)

  • George Eadie says:

    Thank you for taking the time for this one Bodhi 😉
    I agree with Christine, your voice is very listen-to-able.
    Looking forward to what may come.

  • Brendan O'Ceallaigh says:

    Thanks for taking the time to make the podcast Bodhi. You nailed it first time. Keep on sharing your positive consciousness with the world. It helps to keep us asking the right questions. Kia Kaha from NZ

  • Dave Duarte says:

    Thanks for sharing John, love the format. Rock on!

  • Aliya Shariff (Shivji) says:

    John- so great to hear your voice after so many years! Brought back so many memories! I really appreciated your podcast and the insightful food for thought…
    I feel like sometimes we fear breaking down our choices vs what society demands we do, because we don’t like to overly question because we fear what those answers would be. For example, do we get married because we truly want to spend the rest of our lives with a person, or because society has us believe this is the right thing to do because of our stage in life? That’s where I mean, the true answer may frighten us sometimes.

  • Trev Black says:

    I am less convinced of the idea of Free Will. Even when we feel we have made a choice, it is often because we connect that decisions to emotions that felt authentic at the time – but can pass. What we ate that day. What the weather was like. Our choices are a combination of our history, our context, chance events, our emotions and randomness. I worry that we have elevated the importance of choice. Why does it matter? If we are a combination of our habits, and chance, perhaps it allows us to stop the existential angst that comes with feeling we have the make the most of the free well. The angst of making the right choice. Maybe instead of ourselves, we can focus on the paths others are facing. The paths society is facing. Perhaps freedom is more about acceptance than it is about bending the world to our will.

    • Shan says:

      I like your thinking. It makes us worthy of something instead of anxious of a whole lot of bad choices. Tuning into others makes us better people. Life finds us instead of incessant searching..

  • Mthuthu says:

    Enkosi Sipho

  • John says:

    Thanks to everyone for their beautiful input! I’m really grateful you took the time to listen and share your perspective! I must keep reminding myself though that whether I get zero replies or 100 makes no difference to my worth! Sometimes easier said than done but I’m really conscious of this, and this helps heaps to stop ourselves from putting our value in the hands of others and keep us in the present moment! Can’t wait to share and exchange more together!

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