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Wholebeing Health- International Homeopath 

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Empty Consumerism

We’ve all heard of empty calories - but what about empty consumerism?

Gorging ourselves on the next sale item, the next “in” thing, the latest piece of throw-away fashion made in a sweatshop in a place, by people, we don’t give a second thought to.

How much STUFF do we need? How much STUFF do YOU need?

I was putting away some clean clothes in my drawers this morning, and was struck by how many clothes I have, and a comment I made to my sister recently echoed in my ears:

“I have more clothes than I will ever need.”

Every one of those items represents money - money I could’ve channelled elsewhere.

I’m not a wealthy person by any means, and I don’t have a walk-in wardrobe full of stuff (I’ve always leaned more towards minimalism), but I still have too much!

It made me reflect upon a recent hiking trip in the Kaimai Ranges - a densely forested area in New Zealand - and how I had everything I needed in one backpack. I had a spare pair of clothes, a dry pair of shoes, a cooking method, food, a sleeping bag, and shelter. It was the freest and happiest I’ve felt in a long time.

I’m not immune to the instant thrill of buying something - whether it’s from a second-hand shop, online, or in person. It gives a momentary dopamine rush, a fleeting high. That feeling soon dissipates and then the item is put away in a drawer or put on a shelf amongst all the other “things”

During our numerous lockdowns, I stopped buying unnecessary items. The shops weren’t open and I didn’t feel the need to buy unnecessary things online. Once stores opened again I went in out of curiosity and just because I could - and I’m not immune to the clever sales pitches and strategically placed signs.

But today, I’m done. I don’t need another T-shirt, another jersey to hang in the wardrobe, or another pair of shoes. I don’t need any more ornaments to dust or things to put on the walls. I don’t need items to express myself or show who I am - I can do that.

Getting rid of excess stuff is an energetic purging - it creates space and room to breathe. It reduces stress and makes life simpler. Life can be complicated enough. Reminiscing on my hiking trip, I had no stress. I didn't have to think about what I was going to wear. I had two options.

I felt lighter - physically and spiritually.

Today I have made a decision. I am only going to buy what I NEED. If I don’t need it, I’m not buying it. I am also going to donate an item a day, every day, for the next 28 days.

Life isn’t about the stuff we collect - it’s about experiences, connections, and moments with loved ones. It’s appreciating the things money CANNOT buy - good health, a spectacular sunrise, a rainbow after the rain, morning cuddles with children, a wagging tail from a happy dog.

These things are priceless - I don’t need to put that on a T-shirt.

Live free x 

Copyright - no part of this can be reproduced in full or in part without the express permission of the author - Kirsty Richards