â€œLife is so hard. Why does everything have to be so difficult?â€ is a tape I often play in my head. I used to walk around life bracing myself for hardship, waiting for my next obstacle, expecting the other shoe to drop. I am much better now because Iâ€™m learning to live life in real time but a part of me still clutches to the belief life is grueling. A part of me still thinks life is a series of obstacles but I tell myself itâ€™s ok because, â€œStruggle equals growth! And struggle is the essence of life!â€
I am quickly abandoning that belief.
Yes, struggling is an asset but Iâ€™m rejecting the notion it has to be hard. Iâ€™d rather move past my obstacles like a river coursing around rocks â€“ with ease and flexibility. Iâ€™d rather it were easy. And you know what? It can be. Iâ€™m reminded of the saying, â€œAs you think, so you become.â€ Our thoughts are powerful â€“ changing our thought patterns is the whole premise behind affirmations, the use of mantras, etc. If I think life is hard and difficult and complicated, guess what? Life becomes hard and difficult and complicated!
Sometimes my life feels a little bit like gears grinding into place. Rusty old gears. That take a lot of exertion to click into position. Why would I choose for my life to be like that?
I would rather my life were light and easy and joyful. I would rather do cartwheels in the grass and smile broadly. I would rather feel happy and at peace. I want my life to be easy. Life is what we make it, what we tell ourselves, how we approach things. Life is easy when I ask for it and when I think it can be.
Do I know for sure changing my thoughts works? Iâ€™ve heard tale but I personally donâ€™t know yet. What I can tell you is it feels much better to say to myself, â€œI now choose to make my life light and easy and joyful,â€ than, â€œLife is hard and filled with struggle.â€ It feels much better to believe I can have an easy life so Iâ€™m willing to try to replace the tapes I play in my head.
And I have the same wish for others.
I dream of a world where people believe life can be light and easy and joyful. A world where people experience true happiness. A world filled with smiles and bliss and ease. A world where we all dance in the divine rhythm and flow along with life. A world where we believe we are taken care of in each and every moment. A world where we recognize the power of the mind and change our thoughts accordingly. I dream of a world where not only do we believe life can be light and easy and joyful but where it is.
Another world is not only possible, itâ€™s probable.