I thought I'd post this here since I hit upon some of the ideas I'm going to mention while reading pop-psychology or mind, body and spirit section books.
Anyway, as I say I was surveying a lot of reads which were all discussing how to take the effort out of living and discussing how, persumably in orderly, lawful and prosperous parts of the world were books like this are sold, its possible to live the effortless life, most people can, they dont need to wait until they win the lottery etc.
Cue a whole bunch of thought experiments, reframing exercises, positive thinking and other cognitive tricks and happiness philosophy.
Although I'm absolutely sure that most of the content would be totally and utterly spot on I really hate these sorts of books because the whole premise alienates me and I think its pretty widespread, the idea that strenous, striving, struggle can and ought to be dispensed with altogether bothers me, an effortless or relaxed pace to me is only possible or desirable as a respite from what it is not. For instance the rest period after a heavy work out in the gym, the rest period when you're not at working to earn money or when you substitute a bit of light entertainment or a novel for some heavy duty reading and learning. What do you think?
I also think its kind of unhealthy to make effortless living desirable or a goal, accomplished living or achievement which involves a lot of effort which has no instant gratification seems a much better idea.