This is a new-ish concept for me, or at least a new “label” for something I had already begun doing intuitively. So, what do I mean by
“Living with ease”…?
In our society, it seems that life has gotten rather busy. As one of my grad school professors teaches: being busy has become a sort of status symbol. We have learned to take pride in being busier than others. We have scheduled and pushed our families and ourselves to the point of illness, exhaustion, and dis-ease.
“Dis-ease” is a common term among the wellness community, and it’s SO accurate. Wellness is about ease… ease of living, of being in your body, of care, of love. Ease is a state of grace and homeostasis. It’s natural.
So, we’ve taken what is natural to us and systematically removed it from our lives.
Not sure what I’m talking about? Here’s one example of what dis-ease looks like in a very common way:
You set your alarm in the morning for the latest possible moment you need to wake up to get everything done and get out the door in a hurried fashion.
It’s only one example that may seem insignificant, but taken collectively with the myriad other examples, it adds up to a lifestyle of dis-ease. So, we need to ask the question:
What if you deliberately built moments of ease into your life?
Here’s an example of what moments of ease can look like:
- Taking the time to consciously say “good morning” to a loved one, perhaps adding a hug or a kiss.
- Waking up 10-15 minutes earlier in order to sip your favorite beverage in the morning, deliberately, and in a calm and ease-worthy manner, enjoying its flavors and sensation.
- Saying “good night” in the same way I described saying good morning.
Saying “good night” is one of my favorite things. It’s a small gesture that has great significance for me. I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but it makes me smile to hear as I end my day and head to sleep. It takes less than 2 seconds, and it creates great ease before drifting off to sleep. What a gift!
It’s in these collective “moments of ease” that we create the life we imagine. Over time, with deliberate use, they add up to more than the sum of their parts. They imbue our lives with grace and love, filtering into all that we do and all that we are. Then one day we wake up and find that we are indeed living with ease.