Conscious Consumption ↣ My Top Tips!
Hey tribe! I hope that you're doing well on this extremely humid but beautiful summer day. I’m about to head out shortly because I need to go to the grocery store and I want to buy a couple gifts for some very special gatherings happening this weekend!
That being said, I figured that this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about conscious consumption and give you some of my little tips, just from my own experience. I try to use these practices in my life in order to purchase, consume and use things in a more purposeful and meaningful way. From my experience and in my journey through practicing living more consciously, I’ve come to the realization that conscious consumption is just the awareness that consuming something is a relationship; and only you get to set the tone and the rules of that relationship. Just like other relationships in your life, there's a certain amount of responsibility required on your part to show up for it, to maintain it, and to be an active participant in it.
Consumption isn't just what you're buying and it's not just a wallet-drainer. Consumption also encompasses things like what you're drinking and eating, what you're watching in the media, and really anything that we're bringing into our energy field. It's an intimate and a personal relationship and you get to decide what comes into your sacred space.
My Conscious Consumer Tips:
Feel your way through what it is you are looking to consume. Let your senses run wild. Experience the essence of what you want to consume essentially rather than ideally. Really be present with the meaning of that thing. Feel it and the future relationship you may have with it. Really be present with the experience of shopping for that thing. How are you currently feeling? What's your emotional state? What's the emotional state of the store or the website? Do you feel welcomed and inspired, or a little off-put?
Be realistic. After you feel into it emotionally, look realistically at whether this is going to make your life simpler in some way, or just clutter it up… and by simpler I don’t mean less. It also means more purposeful. If something has a really high purpose or help or is healing for us, that makes life simpler. That makes it a gift.
Aim to create more than to consume. Is there something that you really want or need? Is there something that you find yourself wishing for often? Learn to make it for yourself. Learn to craft something for yourself or at least try. And of course, allow yourself to consume...It's an energetic balance which allows yourself to create even more. Then put the flow of creative energy out there and consume it back when you feel inspired.
Gift to Get. Let your relationship with consumption also be of service to something greater than your own wants and needs. Let it be a flow of energy that touches others, enhancing other lives in some way. Give thoughtful gifts that can remind someone of you, or of something joyful and meaningful during that particular time in their life.
Love & Appreciate. Aim to have something for a really long time. Of course, this doesn't always end up being the case, and that's okay! It's all a part of the process, and continuously paring back to what we really need. But when you are consuming, imagine having whatever it is for years to come or at least its presence being beneficial to you for years to come. Take great care of it! Repair it with love when it gets banged up pass and it on to someone new who can appreciate it well after you're done.
Honestly, there is so much to say about conscious consumerism, but I think this is where I am going to leave you. My hope is that you ponder on some of these little tips that I have accumulated through my journey of self love and of loving life a little deeper. Remember that this whole thing we call life is woven together like a great masterpiece. Your life and where you are at this very moment is an accumulation of little moments, decisions, and pathways we have taken to arrive at where we currently are.
Where you have been led is exactly where you need to be.