Spirit tells me that there is more to life
than material existence can ever offer,
for it is as the lowest step on a ladder
to ever-higher levels of existence.
Peaceful co-existence can never come from
focus on form alone, while ignoring essence,
and all form possesses, or contains, essence.
Even a chair?
Even a chair.
What essence could a chair possess.
Purpose, or potential purpose.
To serve comfort needs?
Yes, Life itself serves comfort needs.
By expressing itself within all forms
But, not all forms of life feel comfortable.
How do you know?
I’m a form of life.
I don’t always feel comfortable.
How could that be possible?
How could it not be possible?
There’s something you’re not telling me.
Perhaps we each define comfort differently?
As a quality or as a variable?
I could feel less comfortable?
Spirit tells me to release my hold on the heavy but
Seductive energies of material values. For me, that
Position is neither desirable nor possible.
I tell Spirit that material comforts surely express
Spiritual values of beauty and pleasure, and that
Perhaps we each must find our own comfort zone
Where our own, individual spiritual and material
Values co-exist in harmony with each other,
Each expressing the other.
Yes, He agrees, as if He expected my response and
Intended to provoke it.
Perhaps, He suggests, I will learn to relax my hold
Without releasing it. Over-simplicity, for the sake of
Simplicity, He tells me, is a trap of false pride.
The middle way is a personal way and, as such is
A different path for every individual.
Spirit asks me to try to develop
A more simple lifestyle.
What would it look like,
I ask Him.
Simplicity is, He tells me,
But, of course, I already knew,
Different things to different people.
I do, now, live a much more simple
Lifestyle than I would choose to live,
If choosing is all it took. But,
It does seem to require more,
Perhaps a more generous
I tell Spirit that I need pleasure and
Comfort in my life, and, since I am
For now, in a world of matter, then
Why not enjoy it, if I can.
I need pleasure and a certain level
Of comfort. Spirit surprises me
With, So do I.