Jamie's wishcasting prompt for me today is difficult for many reasons. She asks:
What luxury do you wish for?
You may know from reading here that I have a bit of an AsceticChick inside of me. You know, part of me thinks I should be some sort of Monk, but the reality is that we aren't all made for that, and I am a Crow, a collector of shiny bits.
But living in a Western culture, I worry about my ability to differentiate between what is necessary and what is not, what is okay and what is too much.
So much of how we live is really Luxury: families not only have one car for themselves but usually multiples; there are people who live in enough space for a small village; we have so much rich food available that most of us are overweight.
But then so much of how we live is Poverty:
How many of you don't have the time to do the things that are essential to your well being, your sanity, your fulfillment as a human being?
How many of you feel trapped by your life?
How many of you feel stifled?
How many of you walk around afraid to feel anything because you might just explode if you start?
How many of you numb yourself with more food, more shoes, more bags, more, more, more, and justify it this way: "I work hard; I deserve this" -- thereby trapping yourself in a vicious cycle of having to work more to pay for things that you are working for?
The definition of Luxury is Inessential and Extravagant.
There is nothing Inessential and Extravagant about being true to yourself.
So my wish today is not really for myself, though I can use a bit of this some days, too. My wish today is for others:
I wish for people to recognize how they sacrifice the Essential for Material Luxury. I wish for people to become free of Material Burdens so that they might have their True Lives.
(Photo & Text Copyright: Christine C. Reed, blisschick.net, 2009)