Standing in a department store line waiting to be served at the check out, got me thinking. Watching all the busy people, hurryingly around franticly buying items that they felt they needed, gave me a little insight into my own past buying behaviour.
Turning to my husband Brett I said “I am aware that we buy things as a way of rewarding ourselves for how hard we work. We tell ourselves we have been working really hard and hence we deserve these items…………. But would we have to work so hard if we didn’t continually reward ourselves?”
“Freedom from desire leads to inward peace” was a quote from Lao-Tzu in the 16th BC. Even though I read these words months ago, I am only starting to glimpse upon its truth for my own personal ‘green’ journey.
All the things that I have purchased up to this point have been a way of defining who I am. We all do this. What we buy is so tied up with our inner psychology – our thinking that I doubt many people could honesty claim that they are comfortable with themselves, if they stopped all unnecessary consumerism.
Ask yourself, “am I comfortable with whom I am?” If the answer is no then ask,”how do I attempt to achieve conformability?”
I ponder again my words from one of my recent posts; “I am starting to wonder and maybe even believe the damage we have done to our world is a direct result of the damage in our hearts, minds, souls and spirit.”
I am fortunate however that I am becoming aware; my eyes are opening to my inner thoughts and now understand my own personal reasons for what I purchase. I believe if people continue to have a never ending lack of personal inner knowledge, it will hurt their finances, their spirit and ultimately our world’s environment.
Every day I am experiencing the peace that Lao-Tzu spoke about as I move away from the desire to consume towards a greener existence.