The Art of Being Human

If I were to write a book on the art of being human it would have to be centered around walking the fine line between consumption and expression. Some of you may be chuckling, “You’ve already written that book Kim – three times actually!”

Well, Sunday morning I kept hearing the intuitive message, “write about when less becomes more.” So in Lieu of writing another book on the topic, I thought I’d share my thoughts in a blog entry.

You all know the fine line I’m talking about. It’s when a pleasurable meal turns into bloating and guilt. When exercise becomes the compulsive pursuit toward perfection. When a drink with dinner becomes a binge in search of one’s “spirit.”

But what about when speaking crosses the line and turns into stealing energy from another, or when work becomes a never ending chase for power and wealth?

My belief is that the pleasure that arises out of fully experiencing the world with our senses is what life is all about and to make these pleasures out to be “bad” is missing the point. At the same time, I wonder how many of us really walk the fine line between enjoying life’s pleasures versus looking to them for life.

Those of us who are inclined to master the art of being human know that to cross over even just a little bit is a mistake – to miss the mark, which happens to be the very definition of sin.
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