It really is suppose to be a heck of a lot easier that many of us make it seem. I mean life well lived goes from one set of activities that we enjoy to the next set of activities that we enjoy. The only aspect that gets in our way is us. The truth and consequences of the facts of life reside in using our emotions as a compass. When we become aware that a bad feeling is not a state, but a sign, we can begin to read the sign post as measures of guidance not a statement of fact.
I make it sound easy because unless i make it sound easy it will not reflect what life has become for me. Mostly, I awake in the morning and I look forward to a day filed with artful projects that are fulfilling and cause joy simultaneously. When I find that that is not the case, I look inside to see where and how i am in misalignment with the universe. The Universe and Life are one whole aspect of creation and it is very difficult to pull one apart from the other. Of course, when we first begin to look at life it seems to us that we are one thing and that the universe outside of us is another thing. For much of the history of western civilization we were supported in that view. I am separate from the universe from which i came.
More recently I have begun to examine all that goes wrong for me from the perspective that i have conducted myself to this very edge of my life and that it is what it is because I have conducted myself there. This prompts me to have no occasion for anger at objects and people who exist outside of my field of consciousness. There still is a tendency to regard the world as happening to me; but the closer that I become to the single source of creation, the more I find it easy to view myself and the world as one thing that is ebbing and flowing from the same set of eternal lungs.
Breathing which is about as simple as it gets for we human, begins at birth and ends at death. Every breath we take indicates to us we are alive with the elements of the universe. Following each breath we take places us in deliberate state of consciousness. Of course, we breath even when we are conscious of our breath, but for sake of our discussion let’s keep it simple. When we consciously take a breath we become aware that we are taking in and expelling gasses of life.
From right where we stand in the universe we are the most extreme formation of who we are and from this vantage point, we take the only thing that we can take: the next step. As soon as I deliberately intend to take the next step I am guiding myself in a direction. I am going in the same way that I was going or I am changing the direction slightly, or I am changing the direction in a big way because I am expecting to experience a big change.
It is almost a joke that if we keep doing the same old thing we are bound to experience the same old results. But if I screw on my courage, my heart felt courage, then I can place my foot down in a way that indicates to me that I am changing my direction. If we remain conscious while we are breathing and stepping forward, we can begin to experience the simplicity with which we can experience joy and gratitude, the essential center pieces of a life well lived.
It comes from doing the next right thing. The consciousness of joy and gratitude creates an atmosphere within that allows us to construct life out of a desire to be in alignment with the creator. As we step consciously into the role of co-creating our lives with the universe, we begin to understand that the elements of the universe are a part of who we are. As a part of who we are we can make use of these elements that we possess as surely as the universe posses them. Abundance and prosperity come from knowing and allowing the elements of the Universe to co-mingle with our will.
As drive theorist in psychoanalysis know, desire is the most primitive of sensations. As infants we crawl up to the feeding nipple of life naturally and with intention, long before we ever know with our intellect what intention is. We are born wanting and the nurturing of that sensation of wanting promotes life and growth and ever more free-will.
Joy & Gratitude are central circumstance of a life well lived. We ought to be very uncomfortable when we are not close to those states of being. Our awareness that we are not experiencing joy or gratitude alerts us to the fact that we are misaligned and that we ought to turn all of out attention right away in the moment to creating an alignment with life.
Unhappiness is not a state of being it is a condition of awareness that alerts us to the fact that something is wrong.