More thoughts — Is Life Getting Easier?

My dog Sonny teaches me how to enjoy a life of ease!
My dog Sonny teaches me how to enjoy a life of ease!

Thanks to all of you who commented on yesterday’s post with a quote from Martha Beck about a wave of ease spreading across the planet.  It’s a controversial idea that life could be getting easier.

I believe it’s hard for most of us to believe that a wave of ease could sweep over the planet.  Part of that comes from the messages that we receive on a daily basis.

The news doesn’t help.  Negative news often dominates what we see and hear.

The expectations of business and culture often don’t help either.

Despite the fact, we have amazing new technologies that are more affordable than ever and could make our lives easier, many of us in America are working longer and longer hours, which takes away from our sense of ease.  Perhaps most people across the globe pride themselves on being  hard workers. Yet, it is possible to make a meaningful contribution to our families, work and communities without sacrificing a sense of ease.

There are opportunities to live at a more leisurely pace all around us — that’s been my quest in the last year, and it has been working for me.   I’ve found it’s possible to balance my obligations and work and free up time for rest and relaxation. But given the messages of our society about hard work and busyness, living a life of ease has sometimes made me feel guilty,  and made me feel almost un-American.

I think it’s good to occasionally think about the history of humanity and how we compare to that history versus the ideal of what we’d like to experience.  From that perspective, most of us have an easier life.   Our lives at least have the potential to be easier.  For most of us, we have to make choices that lead to that kind of life.

My personal dream is that all people on earth could experience ease and abundance every day, and I wish that I could wave a wand and make that happen.  So, I know that it’s hard to believe that a wave of ease is sweeping over the planet, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were true?

Today’s Contemplation:

If you could make your life easier, what would you change first?

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7 thoughts on “More thoughts — Is Life Getting Easier?”

  1. My dog, Dancer, teaches me how to enjoy a life of ease also [internally, if not always externally]. There is a reason why God is dog spelled backwards. 😉

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  2. Actually, I was meditating tonight and really came to feel as though I was entering the last phase of my life… not that my death was near, but that this was like the final act in a play, or the final movie in a trilogy. As my life is changing, I can’t help but feel I’ve paid off my karmic debt for this lifetime and that I’m going to be happier, calmer and more at peace for the rest of my life 🙂

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    1. That sounds like a great state of mind to have. Feeling free from guilt and regret for the rest of your life probably is the key for many people in getting to a happier, calmer place in their life. 🙂

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  3. Very nice, Karen. Looking at life within a much wider scope of time is certainly a way to recalibrate thinking! I think of that often when I consider polio, antibiotics, surgical techniques…I wouldn’t want to roll back time! And I did actually tell someone the other day that one of my ways to handle really oppressive traffic–I’m on the road a lot–is to think about the pioneers traveling by covered wagon. I really did say that. LOL! My travel needs are certainly easier when I consider THAT mode of travel. Ha! Thanks, Karen. I really like what you’ve shared and it is definitely worth continuing to think about. ox

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    1. Debra, I’m going to have to remember the pioneers next time I’m caught in traffic. 🙂 As always, thanks for your sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful day! Karen

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