Posts Tagged ‘materialistic’

The Beauty of Simplicity

April 28, 2014
This is not my room, but I could be quite happy if it was

This is not my room, but I could be quite happy if it was

I love living simply. I have no car, no phone (I use Skype on my laptop) and no possessions of any value other than my laptop. I’ve learned that whatever you own that you cannot bear to part with, owns you. Every item you own is a hungry beast demanding some portion of your time, attention and psychic energy.

Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
William Morris

I don’t want anything or any things to distract me from living the life I want to live. I don’t want one hour of one day to go by without learning something, deepening a relationship, doing satisfying work or just enjoying a good laugh.

That’s why I greatly appreciated this article in the March 1994 issue of Guideposts magazine that highlights the simple lifestyles of three extraordinary people.

by Elizabeth Sherrill

Forty days without chocolate…. When I was a high school student, this constituted my view of Lent. Why it was good to go without something for seven weeks I didn’t know; it was what my friends did, so I did too. But as time passed, I began encountering people who voluntarily gave something up, not merely as a Lenten custom, but because of what lay behind this tradition. One of those people was Margaret Henrichsen.

A Methodist minister, Margaret was a modern-day (more…)

Eckhart Tolle on the Circular Trap of Consumerism

May 11, 2009

Eckhart Tolle

I really like the way Eckhart Tolle explains why our materialistic society has so many of us running ever faster on the hamster wheel of consumerism. I am particularly impressed by the analogy he makes in the last sentence. This excerpt is from his book, A New Earth.

Paradoxically, what keeps the so-called consumer society going is the fact that trying to find yourself through things doesn’t work: The ego satisfaction is short-lived and so you keep looking for more, keep buying, keep consuming.

Of course, in this physical dimension that our surface selves inhabit, things are a necessary and inescapable part of our lives. We need housing, clothes, furniture, tools, transportation. There may also be things in our lives that we value because of their beauty or inherent quality. We need to honor the world of things, not despise it. Each thing has Beingness, is a temporary form that has its origin within the formless one Life, the source of all things, all bodies, all forms. In most ancient cultures, people believed that everything, even so-called inanimate objects, had an indwelling spirit, and in this respect they were (more…)