Here’s another of Steve Taylor‘s poems, expressing aptly the accumulative tendency of the ego. The rich man never has enough money, always tries to make more; he wants the biggest yacht, or to get to Mars, or to control another company. The tyrant at the centre of Empire always wants more land, more people under his personal control. The espoused lover of freedom wants no obligation, no attachment to others, no rules, no common good. You know who you are, and who they are. But it will never be enough…
Steve’s poem expresses it so well.
All the possessions that you collect
and all the wealth that you accumulate
will never be enough.
All the success that you achieve
and all the attention that you attract
will never be enough.
No matter how far your empire stretches
no matter how absolute your power grows
it will never be enough.
Desires never sleep for long.
Once they’re satisfied, they rise again, like waves,
faster and stronger than before.
Every new desire is more difficult to meet
and brings more shallow, more short-lived fulfilment
until eventually we become numb to happiness
and feel nothing but a raging frustration
that consumes us inside and makes us hate the world.
It will never be enough
until you give up the outer search for happiness
and turn inside yourself.
Beneath the restless surface of your mind
there is a natural harmony –
the radiance of pure consciousness
softly vibrating, glowing with warm vitality
like the freshness of a forest in spring.
The harmony of your deep being
never fades or slips out of reach.
The more you attune to it, the more intense it grows.
The more you touch into it, the closer it moves.
It can’t be exhausted because it’s immaterial
as intangible as air or light.
It can’t be exhausted because it’s eternal
and endlessly renews and refreshes itself.
Be still, and rest inside yourself.
Let your mind settle, and your thoughts slow down
until desires and fears dissolve away.
Then you’ll enter the deep space of being
and harmony will immerse you –
always present, and always enough.
One thought on “Never Enough”
These Steve Taylor poems are always incredibly on point. So well done. Sharing them with your readers is one of several reasons why you should not rest on your 1000-post laurels, Barry!
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