Life can be hard. We pray, meditate, study, and work - all to make it easy, and still it is not. We seek - searching for an answer -trying to find the silver bullet or magic pill - that secret that will make everything fall into place. While there is no simple one time solution to make life easy, we can learn to stop making it harder than it has to be - to stop creating unnecessary drama and heart ache. A little mindfulness, a little self knowledge, and insight can help with this.
Easy is probably not the answer to your problems anyway. Try too hard to make life easy and you'll find that you are no longer living - you're only existing. Once the Dalai Lama was asked "What is the easiest way to enlightenment?". He broke into tears and responded "Don't think quickest, easiest, cheapest!" It seems we often short change ourselves looking for a short cut. Read a great post on this subject at one of my favorite blogs ,The Endless Further, here.
Just because our goal should not be to make life easy, that doesn't mean that it has to remain difficult. We can find a solid practice based upon mindfulness, gratefulness, and generosity. We can work with our practice with faith and attentiveness until life is no longer hard. Not that it really gets any easier, you will just learn to no longer label it as hard. You get up every day and perform your practice - your higher calling. At this point it simply becomes life - one moment, one day at a time. It's not really that hard - it's just life.
Zen Presence- Ideas for meaningful living.
Mindfulness, purpose, meaning