Once life is wanted different than what it is, it becomes an endured burden. It remains this way as long as this is in place, but if this burden becomes too heavy put it down and understand nothing truly needs to be different.
We can live the life we wish we were given, we can live the life we think we should have been given, or we can live the life that we are given. Those are the choices that we make each and everyday throughout our life. When the alarm rings and it’s time to get up for work, if we hit the snooze for more sleep and wish that we didn’t have to get up yet, we are wishing for life to be different. When we are envious of someone else and think that their life is better than ours, or if we think our life shouldn’t be the way it is, we our living a life that we think would be better if it were different.
When we are in a state of being with the life that we are given, nothing has to be any different than what it is in order for one to be content. And when we are content with what is, we are free because nothing is holding us in captivity. Living this way, we live a life that isn’t based on conditions for contentment, this is true freedom. The burden of not being content with the way things are, creates the burden of wanting things different. And it’s a created burden because if you didn’t have the thoughts that you wanted things different and just accepted what is, the burden would never manifest.
Our thoughts create our life, our happiness along with our burdens. If you want to believe those thoughts are who you are, than those results fall on you shoulders, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Learn that no thought is you and no burden need be created. In stillness neither exist because neither are present. So if contentment is to be the consistent operating mode of the way one’s life is lived, than stillness must become the state of being more often then not. Use prayer and meditation to bring in stillness, use stillness to bring in peace. It’s the formula for a contented life, and with a contented life there will never be a need for one single moment to ever be any different than what it is. Now wouldn’t that be different, but it doesn’t have to be.