Is this you? it could be an easy day, if only you could tolerate ease. But you find ease boring. You find ease exhausting. You find ease morally reprehensible. You find ease inexcusable. You find ease something-or-other that prevents you from taking it easy. Why is that?
Who can say? But mustn’t you find a way to experience ease as tolerable, at least some of the time? Try this. Breathe deeply ten times. After the last breath, say or think, “Easy.” Settle. Breathe some more. Invite calmness. Use “easy” as a mantra and repeat it while continuing to breathe deeply.
If you hear yourself saying “I hate this!” or “I can’t stand this!” or “I must do something!”, counter that thought with “Ease is so valuable.” Your practice: learn to tolerate ease. Wouldn’t a little ease feel wonderful? Yes, if life isn’t easy, it isn’t easy. If your painting isn’t going well, if your day job isn’t going well, if your relationship isn’t going well, that’s all really hard. But don’t make it that much harder by holding some unconscious grudge against ease. Allow yourself to sometimes be easy!
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well Eric –
I think that there have been times when I myself felt like I was running a race with time – Trying to get as many images up on my site as possible – perhaps because I had 350,000 images on another site and now that collection of images was no longer up and available to see and I did not want people to miss out or not be able to see something that they might perhaps want to purchase – but now that I have over 112,000 images up here on Fine Art America and I realize that that is quite a good number of images for people to view and that it is not really necessary to go any faster with my uploading – I can comfortably relax into my process and to also create new images and add them to my collection as well as now begin to try different methods of marketing –
but yes breathing is the most valuable thing to remember to do whether I am uploading – creating or handing out my business cards (which has been my main means of marketing for many years now) –