There’s an old saying that many of Judeo-Christian heritage know. Sometimes you have to “Rob Peter to pay Paul”, in reference to two of Jesus’s disciples. Its basic meaning is simple, in order to maintain, one has to manage ones resources in a way that results in some things being left undone. It is a vicious cycle that far too many are caught up in these days which causes stress of the type that is pervasive and seemingly pernicious.
Given the state of the world economy and the national economies across the world, the difficulty of finding employment at a level necessary to sustain a family, it seems that the old feudalism of the dark ages has returned to the world. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to rise and, despite the many technological advancements made in the last century, the plight of the human family has seemed to worsen in many ways rather than improve.
Advances in travel, in conveniences, in health have all resulted in longer lives in general for certain populations in countries around the world. And yet, at a certain level of aggregation, it seems clear that the great masses of humanity remain mired in the issues that affected our forefathers and mothers and their forefathers and mothers before them. The political systems that currently constrain human potentiality mirror ancient standards if not in name than in effect and the Elite of the world continue to prey upon their subjects in as predatory and ruthless a manner as ever.
The manifestation of these truisms in the lives of everyday people are in the provision of bread and circuses for the serfs, of meaningless entertainment and the quelling of the base desires and wants in the attempt to keep the populace sated and relatively content beneath the jackbooted heels of those that control. It is the ancient way, and the result is lives of limited possibility and achievement, for far too many.
Having to concentrate primarily upon the basic needs of life precludes searching the higher planes for answers that speak to the spirit, the soul. Being stressed by the daily grind results in a yearning for higher meaning that, often, is satiated by institutions that siphon off that energy for their own purposes, which are often counter to those of the supplicants themselves.
We are left praying, begging God to save us from this world, knowing that at some level, this is not the way things must be, but is the way they have been since time immemorial. The human condition, one of pain and heartache, suffering and sadness, interspersed with intervals of joy and peace, is oceanic and shared by all. For all the world, desire leads to suffering, which produces strain upon the body, which in turn leads to shortened life-spans.
Living with this low-level stress constantly results in health problems which can contribute to larger problems like diabetes, heart disease, cancer. Figuring out how to live in this modern world with all of the travails of the Working Poor requires us each to determine what is truly important in life. In order to deal with this constant stress, a conscious decision has to be made not to worry, not to let the problems that beset you take over your thoughts and cause you to respond negatively.
Difficult to do, but necessary. Living according to the scriptures and “Letting go and letting God” releases stress from the body as one lives in the Now moment, letting things come and go, releasing the outcome to Divine Will and fate.