No matter what you believe in, there are sheep in every movement. Most of what hooks us today is consumerism. Our happiness, self-esteem and self-worth are linked to consumerism. Shopping addiction exists, and is used as a bandaid to cope with loneliness or depression.
Materialism is the external glitz and glamour of "lust for the flesh." What I mean is that we live in a clothed world, and the more we seek to fit into the latest trend or to have a specific type of dress for that event, we continuously feed or "clothe" the flesh with superficial things that do not make us happy.
All forms of spirituality speak of minimalism and simplicity. It has its truth and the point is not to live in rags, but appreciate what you have, and detach from wanting or needing external things to make you happy. Discover more thoughts on this blog, The Art of Simple Living: How Simplicity Trumps Living in a Very Complex World and The Art of Simple Living: Why You Should Consider Simple Living.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com