The Vilna Gaon points out that the decree of straw was in fact harder in some respects: it decimated the spirit. To find copious straw, one continuously scours the ground before him; one's mind is not free literally for a moment to engage, to think, to be beyond the world of tasks and doing. Our natural ability to yearn, to seek, and to know something greater depends on at least moments of a quiet, unburdened mind.
The upcoming 2nd Annual Innate Health conference is such an opportunity to find quiet. There are no guarantees in life, but there are smart investments. We are blessed to be welcoming over a dozen inspired teachers at a beautiful and larger new location. Many people get on planes and rent hotel rooms to partake of this wisdom; it's coming to your backyard. I look forward to seeing you there.