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.

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  1. It's not really that hard, it's just life.

    That's really something. And true, of course.

    I'm in the car a lot during the day with going to different job sites. The traffic drives me crazy, I get so angry sometimes. But there isn't a shortcut, there isn't an easier way. I just need to step up and work on mindfulness while I'm driving. Not yelling.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree, Dan. I, like TB, like your last line. It is just life, but it has to be lived.

    Sometimes we think we have to leap forward to make a difference. The most important is to "get up every day and perform your practice." Well said!

  3. Thanks, Dan for the referral. Here's the line you wrote that I like the best: "Just because our goal should not be to make life easy, that doesn't mean that it has to remain difficult."

    It's just life and when we accept that difficulties are a part of life, things may not get necessarily easier, but certainly simpler. I, too, like the minimalist approach.

  4. We do live in a world which wants the easy and the quick. Part of our lifetime's work is to find out who we truly are and live more closely to that. Each time we move nearer to being in tune with the truth life becomes better, more authentic, however hard each step is.

  5. Dear Dan ,
    My Irish parents had a saying in regard to the " Luck of the Irish " ,they taught me that the smarter and harder I worked the LUCKIER I would become. The very same disposition holds true for our spiritual practice as well . The exact same priniciple is applical to spiritual work in that the more you meditate , pray , contemplate and practice mindfulness the more you alow GRACE to enter your life .
    The advent of LUCK in regard to work , and GRACE in regard to your Sadhana , places you in the flow of the TAO . Trust me when I tell you that life becomes almost " Magical ".
    So what it boils down to is this : (1) the harder and smarter you work , the "Luckier " you get . (2) the more you do your spiritual practice the more " Grace " is alowed to enter into your life .

    All Blessings
    Poppy G .