value what comes easily
An essay, rant and opinion on the enjoyment of life and the often overstated value of struggle in our lives
I have come to a rather radical conclusion
LIFE IS SUPPOSED TO BE EASY, LIFE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A CONSTANT STRUGGLE
Now some people call that the great lie of the new age and I call it a great truth. Yes we all have struggles and challenges in our lives yet often we have concentrated on struggle to the exclusion of all else. Yes we have karma but a lot of our karma involves self punishment. The releasing of the karma then only involves learning not to beat ourselves on the head for our "sins" A Buddha's words are " Suffer what there is to suffer enjoy what there is to enjoy." Forgive yourself and get on with life. A major karmic lesson we are to learn now is to free ourselves from insisting on being in pain and struggle. When we insisy on perceiving ourselves as victims we become victims. It is as though many of us have been in a cult of self torture. I asked myself where I was creating pain in my life where I could create joy instead. I found that I could create immense joy with small changes, I believe that you can too.
It is a common saying that we do not value what comes easily or without effort or cost. Why is that ? What are we doing to ourselves ? Could that be a seed thought for suffering, for struggle ,for sorrow and lack? I was told as a child and believed that you could have nothing good without sacrifice or payment. People around me often said that without cost there was no value. Sacrifice and doing without were considered a great virtue, even to refusing Gifts of needed things.
Now I have discovered that abundance is freely given by the Earth the universe and the All. When we accept it.
There is value facing and working through challenges. However the universal plan does not require the amount of pain and struggle that so many of us think is an essential part of life on Earth. In Fact I think that a Large Part of the Karmic lesson that we are here to learn is to let go of self punishment, put downs and Dramatized Martyrdom. Suffering is not a virtue, endurance is not the sole measure of worth . Appreciation and joy in life are worth cultivating and like other tender plants they need cultivation to grow.
We are blessed and need only accept those blessings to have and keep them. "When you walk the path of light it will rain blessings all beautiful and good things will come to you like red and white flowers falling gently around you. Birds will dip themselves in honeyed sauce and fly roasted into your mouth. Sweet music will surround you and you will live in towers covered with the 12 sacred stones and perfumed winds will caress you."
I now accept ,enjoy and appreciate what comes easily I accept and enjoy what comes from effort as well but will no longer assume that struggle of itself is the valuable thing.
I let go of suffering and struggle and sweat. I accept each and every good thing as the gift of the universe with gratitude and joy for gain and growth and pleasure. I will learn the lessons that come easily with the same grace and skill than I learn the ones that come hard. I give thanks each moment and share these blessings with all .
The Ultimate flow of the universe is toward harmony and balance I am saying that I truly believe that the "battle" has been won and we do not need to keep fighting it. My concern is with the perception of a need to struggle and is not a rejection of the concepts of exchange and balance. The quote is from an ancient buddhist prophecy about this time. How can any of us know what the balance sheet of another looks like?
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