Ease

1 : the state of being comfortable : as
a) freedom from pain or discomfort, care, labor or difficulty, embarrassment or constraint
(naturalness)
b) an easy fit
2 : relief from obligation
3: facility, effortless

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Ease (n.): c. 1200, “physical comfort, undisturbed state of the body; tranquility, peace of mind,” from Old French aisecomfort, pleasure, well-being; opportunity,” which is of unknown origin, despite attempts to link it to various Latin verbs; perhaps Celtic.

At easeat rest, at peace, in comfort” is from late 14th century; as a military order (1802) the word denotes “freedom from stiffness or formality.”

 

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Don't fear the gods,
Don't worry about death;
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure.”

Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC, ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism, which help lay the intellectual foundations for modern science and secular individualism.)

Bio Source:

www.epicurus.net

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.”

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, English writer, poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer)

Bio Source:

www.samueljohnson.com/briefbio.html

“Do extremely difficult work. That seems obvious, right? If you do something that's valued but scarce because it's difficult, you're more likely to be in demand and to be compensated fairly for what you do. The implication is stunning, though: When designing a project or developing a skill, seek out the most difficult parts to master and contribute. If it's easy, it's not for you.”

Seth Godin (b. 1960, American author, entrepreneur, and public speaker, and marketer who thinks about the marketing of ideas for the digital age)

Bio Source:

www.ted.com/speakers/seth_godin

“But the bars that held you, the bars that kept you in were the luxury and soft living. It is hard to walk out on a thing like that.”

Clifford D. Simak (1904-1988, American science fiction writer, who was a recipient of three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award)

Bio Source:

www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/simak_clifford_d

“When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travelers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship, a better understanding, and a deeper sympathy for the wayfarers who must live a common life and die a common death.”

Clarence Darrow (1857-1938, American lawyer who worked as a defense counsel in many dramatic criminal trails of that time; he was a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union; and advocate for the Georgist economic reform, an economic philosophy holding that the economic value derived from land should belong equally to all residents of a community.)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Darrow

“Peace is not always easy to grasp or keep close. In the process of attaining and protecting it, you may find yourself tired, weary, and uncertain on how to keep your peace safe. While being uncertain is normal, continue to commit yourself to peacefulness. You are worthy of every drop of sweetness and ease that you encounter. Being tested is a part of the journey. Giving up, and letting go, is not.”

alex elle (known as Alexandra L. Smith, is an writer, poet, jewelry designer, natural hair blogger, and author and is best known for her debut book, Words from a Wanderer)

Bio Source:

www.alexelle.info

Meditation

“Peace is not always easy to grasp or keep close. In the process of attaining and protecting it, you may find yourself tired, weary, and uncertain on how to keep your peace safe.   While being uncertain is normal, continue to commit yourself to peacefulness. You are worthy of every drop of sweetness and ease that you encounter. Being tested is a part of the journey. Giving up, and letting go, is not.”

— alex elle

We have surely been tested this year, my friends, no doubt about it!   We did grow and evolve, though.  And in spite of some of the traumatic experiences that we have endured it’s been one heaven and hell of a glorious year.  There were so many unexpected occurrences, and we could not in a thousand years have predicted any of it.  But, did we learn a great deal about ourselves and about others.  Our journeys remain divine.

As we bring this year to a close, especially as we head on to our holiday celebrations with family, friends and love ones, let’s look back upon this year as a gift with many victories of self-discovery and self-masterful.  There will always be something for us to learn and aspire to.  That’s the joy, the fun, and the adventures of our lives on this beautiful planet.  But, let us not be fooled by the illusions of any of our cruel circumstances. There is no death, only life and love, and the cycles of beginnings, endings, and beginnings of our assignments. Mother Earth is a divine playground of infinite creation and we are Her children.

May you ease into a feeling of completion and fulfillment as you contemplate the ending of this year, and ease back into a new beginning of peace and tranquility as we enter a new year.

On December 21st, Winter Solstice, I make a list of things I want to create and to be.  I put the list away and then go back to it a year later to see what I actually accomplished and manifested.  I am always astonished by the results.  This may be something you may want to do the year 2016.  I think you will be awe in your individual creations.

My dear friends, thank you so much for the gifts of sharing my thoughts and the thoughts from our world’s wisdom keepers as was gleaned around the spirals of luminous words.  May you have a very joyous holiday and prosperous inner-and-outer peaceful New Year.

See you beginning January 4th 2016 when I will post new words.

Godspeed, my fellow spiritual travelers!

Much Love, Tonya

 

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