Life is being drawn into the earth, painlessly descending down into the very heart of herself. And we, as natural human animals, are being called to do the same -- the pull to descend into our bodies, into sleep, darkness, and the depths of our own inner caves continually tugging at our marrow. But many find the descent into their own body a scary thing indeed; fearing the unmet emotions and past events that they have stored in the dark caves inside themselves, not wanting to face what they have so carefully and unkindly avoided.
This winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this period of descent into our own darkness was so necessary in order to find our light. That true freedom comes from accepting with forgiveness and love what we have been through, and vanquishing the hold it has on us, bringing the golden treasure back from the cave of our darker depths.
This is a time of rest and deep reflection, a time to wipe the slate clean as it were and clear out the old so you can walk into spring feeling ready to grow and skip without a dusty mountain on your back and chains around your ankles tied to the caves in your soul. A time for the medicine of story, of fire, of nourishment and love. A period of reconnecting, relearning and reclaiming of what this time means brings winter back to a time of kindness, love, rebirth, peace and unburdening instead of a time of dread, fear, depression and avoidance.
This modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, over spending, bad food, and consumerism. And yet the natural tug to go inward, as nearly all creatures are doing, is strong, and people are left feeling as if there is something wrong with them -- that winter is cruel and leaves them feeling abandoned and afraid.
Whereas in actual fact winter is so kind. Yes, she points us in her quiet soft way toward our inner self, toward the darkness and potential death of what we were, but this journey, if held with care, is essential.
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The editorial named KONSUMSUCHT - a german term for addictive consumerism - and the accompanying article by @lisajureczko published in @designscene emphasize the importance for more consciousness in the fashion industry. Through the use of layering as a stylistic device our societies' mass production and shopping addiction were symbolized – while at the same time only fair labels, vintage fashion and hand-made products were used. Nowadays textile industry is an antagonism of green-washed fast-fashion-brands and unique, ethically produced fair fashion. It seems that we won't ever achieve a completely sustainable lifestyle – but everyone of us can contribute to a respectful treatment of nature, animals and human beings.
So grateful being part of this amazing project. @julia.srge is wearing my draped blouse.
Styled by @maeynesie
Hair & Make Up @astorinomakeup
Thank you girls ♥️
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How #retailers Can Thrive In The Era Of The “Conscious Consumer: conscious consumerism has been a growing trend in recent years. ”https://www.forbes.com/sites/ibm/2020/01/11/how-retailers-can-thrive-in-the-era-of-the-conscious-consumer#71d44c245fdd … @Forbes
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Just watched a jacked up 150 drop a Popeyes bag out the whip mid traffic.
I now understand true consumerism
Do you call yourself a hippie? .
I think the hippie stereotype has changed heaps, and its not all long free flowing hair, peace symbols and bell bottoms anymore. .
I think its more about being environmentally friendly, and health conscious and open minded and moving away from consumerism amongst other things.
What do you think makes someone a bit hippie these days? .
Check the return policy of third party sellers, they’re not always under amazons policy
and... I recently deleted the app, using the web app helps prevent me from spending money on as much bullshit, being more mindful of “shopping” as opposed to passive consumerism :)
Corruption is a form of dishonesty or criminal offense undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire illicit benefit or abuse power for one's private gain.
How can we stop corruption?
1. Corruption is not only about bribes: People especially the poor get hurt when resources are wasted. That’s why it is so important to understand the different kinds of corruption to develop smart responses.
2. Power of the people: Create pathways that give citizens relevant tools to engage and participate in their governments – identify priorities, problems and find solutions.
3. Cut the red tape: Bring together formal and informal processes (this means working with the government as well as non-governmental groups) to change behavior and monitor progress.
4. It’s not 1999: Use the power of technology to build dynamic and continuous exchanges between key stakeholders: government, citizens, business, civil society groups, media, academia etc.
5. Deliver the goods: Invest in institutions and policy – sustainable improvement in how a government delivers services is only possible if the people in these institutions endorse sensible rules and practices that allow for change while making the best use of tested traditions and legacies – imported models often do not work.
6. Get incentives right: Align anti-corruption measures with market, behavioral, and social forces. Adopting integrity standards is a smart business decision, especially for companies interested in doing business with the World Bank Group and other development partners.
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Back in the Consumerist days we used to get infrequent but not super rare complaints of someone ordering something and getting a box of trash or rocks packed inside its packaging to the same weight. Sucks but hard to stop I guess. :(
This is Autumn, the younger.
Her class is making beds for koala bears, and other animals that may have lost habitat in the forest fires. It is part of their social studies curriculum to do a compassion / community building project.
Almost none of the kids in the class had any experience with sewing, and had to learn how in order to complete this project.
This makes me feel sad, and kind of soap-boxy. Sewing was part of the curriculum when I was in public school. and I think it is important to know how to sew, even if only to know how to mend your clothing.
I guess its a sign of the times. We live in such a throw away culture, it isn't even worth while to learn how to make all the things we so quickly consume, because we don't keep them long enough to justify the time investment.
It makes me really sad, but I don't want to be a complete downer, so I'll end on a positive note and say that I'm glad the kids are willing to learn a new thing and to try and do what they can to be of help to others 🐨
18 hours ago
The winter sales are pushing at their end trying to catch anyone into their pit of greed.
Try to stay vigilant and remember that money takes time to make and are really ALL the items in your home worth the time you sacrificed for it? And the cost to the earth?
With each purchase / non-purchase you are casting a vote for the future you want for yourself and your loved ones.
Try to always repair, upcycle, swap,
buy pre-owned or not at all.
Western Road in Brighton. The Source.
An absolutely amazing selection of dry goods, toiletries, cleaning products, oils etc. All sold by the weight. Take your own container, or purchase something there. Brown paper bags are available for dry goods.
I'm excited to get stuck in on my next weekly shop. If you join their membership scheme you earn points per £1 to spend at a later date.
Can recommend the vegetable crisps & protein seed & nut mix. I bought a small bag of both for less than £2 total.
27m27 minutes ago
like any consumerism diet choice exists to basically make you personally feel better or, at best, benefit a very localized community and treating it otherwise is.... foolish imo
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using consumerism to express your success under capitalism but ignoring the fact that it’s melting our planet and raising sea levels... worried about the wrong drip
David Foster Wallace thoughts on consumerism. So many things echoed by the ideas and speech of @jordanbpeterson in this clip. DFW was on of my favorite witers and thinkers though I've ony just disoveree him about a year ago.https://youtu.be/P1PC1sArw70
Ma Nish Ah is teaching her heart in her local community to every kind of person there... rich and poor, brown and white, young and old, schooled and unschooled, the privileged and denied. I am so happy.
Posted @withregram • @manisha_lebel_yoga My friend and teacher Mark Whitwell has taught me that to be a YOGA TEACHER you need to have YOUR OWN PRACTICE, have a GOOD YOGA TEACHER YOURSELF and CARE ABOUT OTHERS.
You don't need to read this post from the perspective of what's wrong with these words, or with these people. If you do, please unfollow me.
If you gaze deeply into these beautiful faces you will see that in the blinking of an eye we will no longer even be here on the planet teaching the YOGA. The passing of time is kinda like that.
So who are YOU in this conversation? What are YOU going to do about it yogis, yoginis and Yoga Teachers? Cause the Yoga scene in the West and mostly in the East has devolved into a YOGA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX ... not too different to the industrial complexes in other areas of our society #medicine#bigpharma#agribusiness#petrochemicalbusiness #energydescent
Over the last 20 years I've watched my career as a Naturopath/Herbalist and as a Yoga Teacher slipping and sliding into the swamp of disillusionment with so many other aspects of our experience of being human at this precious time #lossofbiodiversity#lossofhabitat#thecultofindividualism#thecultofmaterialism #consumerism
So, if you're still reading, sorry you didn't get an endorphin-hit from my post. The heart of the matter is that some of us are rising from the ashes of these firestorms, this big meltdown mess we're now AWAKE to.
If you're in then stay close. We're doing important work in our communities. It starts with our own practice #doyouryoga#beyourself#directperception #directexperience, get yourself a good teacher #yogateachers#guides#mentors#personal#professional#ongoing#training and #development and continue caring for others.
The water between the rocks has no mercy. The flow will consume. Hands tied, face down and only your cheap sunglasses will be alive. Reflecting what's on the back of your mind. You are dead and then you know it.
This society is not manufactured for people in wheelchairs, yet I manage. This society is not manufactured for those who do not worship at the altar of consumerism, yet I manage.
You deal the hand you are dealt. You don't steal another's cards or put in your own deck.
16 hours ago
We in America should have been doing years ago what India small biz is doing now. How do we stop the greed? Amazon is hurting small and medium size businesses like mine for years. LITERALLY, THEY PAY NO TAXES IN THE US and look at BEZOS spend OUR DOLLARS elsewhere.
He's part of the maniac socieity, the 1%; the power to control government and our free market at all costs. We've turned our bare backs on this crime. .........pictures standing atop a truck festooned with garlands, holding an oversized check for $2 billion, the amount Amazon had invested in India at the time. Since then, the company has invested an additional $3.5 billion in India, not counting the billion dollars announced on Wednesday. (BEZOZ just got a divorce from his now exwill last year). But, we have to waste more $$$$$ and attention on the stupidity of our President and his cult. We have to.
Thank you BuzzFeed.news.
Years ago I would have seen this on sale and just bought it. Now I #PauseB4IPurchase - It’s a easy to ‘Impulse Shop’, ‘buy just for the sake of buying’ and to buy things we don’t really need - I know, I used to do it. We pop out for a sandwich at lunchtime and head back to the office with a new dress or whatever we love to buy. - In 2014 I broke my habit of impulse shopping, ‘buying just for the sake of buying’ and buying things I didn’t really want or need.
- In 2014 I built new and good long-lasting shopping, spending & saving behaviours. It changed my life. I am happier and content.
- Now I wait. I always say to myself “Pause B4U Purchase”. - Since January 2015 I’ve used a WAITING LIST.
- I write down what I think I want to buy on my 3 month waiting list. If I still want the item when the 90 days have passed I’ll buy it. 8 or 9 times out of 10 I don’t.
- #PauseB4UPurchase is about pausing before purchasing. Maybe wait 24 hours or 2 days. Whatever works for you.
My Underspent book has helped tens of thousands of men and women to change their shopping and spending habits. They say they are happier and, for the first time ever, they feel content with what they have and own.
How good is that?
26m26 minutes ago
PST was the easiest answer to all our issues. Let consumerism pay.
Who do you think is more responsible for the market demand for plastic, consumers who buy it or corporations who make sure that everything we buy comes wrapped in plastic? 🤔
32m32 minutes ago
So here is what right wingers would celebrate to achieve those making poverty level wages rounded up in a profit prison cell, or concentration camp, making sweat shop designer items for wealthy consumerism.
Zero tax for the wealthiest elite because they control all the rest.
1 week ago
What's your New Year's Resolution?
1 hour ago
Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes. 🌿 Where should I begin my eco-friendly journey? Swap one product. A product that needs replacing then opt for an eco-friendly plastic-free alternative. 🌿 It can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start with so many plastic and unsustainable products in our homes. This can lead to us not making changes. My advice - Replace products with better alternatives when they need replacing. And try swapping products you use on a daily basis as these will have the biggest impact on our environment.
I recently replaced a scrubbing brush I have had for years and I now have one of our pot brushes with plant-based bristles and it works a treat on my pots & pans. But I didn't want to replace until I needed to. Use what you have until it needs replacing. Take small steps, swapping what you can when you can. You don't need to do it all at once. And it is absolutely best to use up all of your old product first.
When I first started making swaps I wrote a list of the products we used at home that I wanted to swap, what I wanted to swap to and where to buy. So it was easy when the toothpaste ran out, deodorant, face wash etc to make an eco-friendly purchase next time round.
I had to have the Dish Washing Soap Bar in this picture as it's one of my personal favourites and it's a great natural stain remover too.
#perfectlyimperfect 💚 Colette @ V- 🐝
"Kids who grow up to pursue wealth and material possessions tend to be less satisfied with their lives. They’re not as happy, and they experience fewer positive emotions each day. Research finds materialism in students is also associated with lower-quality relationships and feeling less connected to other people." -Dr. Christine Carter
Swipe to see 6 practical ways parents can show kids how to break from rampant consumerism to be healthier and happier. Slide content by educational psychologist, Dr. Michele Borba.
Are you looking for an online consumer forum to raise a complaint? or You are looking for a platform to resolve your complaints?
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16m16 minutes ago
The point is exactly that: how can everything be dominated by the evil patriarchy, how can women be oppressed, when vast cathedrals dedicated to consumerism serve mostly women?
If men oppressed women and men held all the power and money, the situation would have been reversed.
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So the narrative of animal rights doesn't sit well with what should be being done re sustainabilty, and much touted eco friendly options would be problematic at scale as is cotton. So we SHOULD be encouraging luxury made to last and that is throughout consumerism I just know pic.twitter.com/3x3QwmSnA3
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Fussell's closing chapter described "Class X" in the late 1980's; "Bobos in Paradise" was an interim report on that class as their tastes and ethos began to transform American consumerism and social mores; "Stuff White People Like" was the pre-woke taxonomy from the Before Times https://twitter.com/wesyang/status/1218177209472573440 …
When we took ownership of our farm it already had an incredible pump set up. A Deutz diesel motor with a nice big pump and hundreds of metres of irrigation line. However The Diesel set up is noisy, stinky, smelly and dangerous for kids to be near. It requires constant maintenance, oil, diesel and all the parts are heavy and hard to work on.
So recently we installed a solar pump. To say this thing is incredible would be an understatement. Its completely silent, no noise, no pollution and the pump itself weighs just 11kg! No refuelling, no batteries...just sunlight and an on/off switch. And boy....does it move a ship load of water. Its so safe and easy that its now the kids job to pump water!
A big thanks to Marc at Solar Pumptec for all is help, brilliant service and a brilliant green product.
1 month ago
When you wake up in the morning, is it your Stuff that puts a smile on your face? 🤔
The next time you see something you want, ask yourself 'Why?' and keep asking 'Why?' until you get to the root of your intentions.
Looking at the big picture helps us make meaningful everyday choices.
Saying NO to consumerism feels good!
Es 💯 posible ser #Minimalista con niñxs en el hogar. Creo no hay seres más sencillos en el 🌎 que lxs niñxs. Ellxs nos pueden servir de inspiración para concientizarnos y servir de ejemplo para ellxs en este proceso. ⠀
Hay TRES guías que trato de tener presente en el día a día, y todas se basan en reflexonar, modelar y conversar. ⠀
✨Intenten NO ir de compras a las tiendas con sus hijxs y cuando estén con ellxs comprar sólo lo esencial. No lo use como tiempo de calidad con ellxs. Un niñx que desde pequeñx observe a su papá/mamá consumiendo constantemente o que utilice el “shopping” como relajación/felicidad temporera, será un niñx y probablemente un adulto que haga lo mismo y sufra las consecuencias del consumerismo.⠀
✨Si compra un artículo hablé de la necesidad y el propósito del mismo, y lo que aportará a sus vidas. Hablé del dinero y como pudo obtenerlo con su esfuerzo/horas de trabajo. Hablé acerca de cuidarlo muchísimo y repararlo si se llegará a romper. ⠀
✨Reflexione y hablé con ellxs de como cada cosa que compramos/consumimos tiene una raíz y una cadena. ¿Quién trabajo para crearlo y dónde? ¿De qué material esta hecho? ¿Qué impacto tendrá en nuestra salud y en nuestro planeta? Estas conversaciones se pueden tener y modelar desde que son muy pequeñitxs. ⠀
🌵Un ejercicio que practico y funciona mucho es darle la libertad de jugar en la tienda con lo que deseen, pero sin necesidad de llevarlo a casa. ⠀
📦 Si estas emocionadx por un paquete o una compra en particular (porqué eso es es completamente normal) intenta no compartir ese sentimiento con ellxs ni que te observen en ese momento. ⠀
✨Demuéstrales que la mayor alegría y satisfacción viene del amor y las experiencias✨ ⠀
#minimalhome #minimalapartment#apartmentdecor#consciousliving#declutterchallenge#clutterfreewithkids#organizedhome#momlife#simplelife#mykonmari#minimaltoys #minimalismoenespañol #bemorewithless#intentionalliving#toysdecluttering#toysorganization ⠀
14 hours ago
Use credit cards or have a mortgage? You are a borrower. As a borrower, you have rights in BC:
⭐️If you enter into a credit agreement you must receive a written disclosure agreement, containing the required information in an easy to understand format. You must receive this agreement at the earlier of entering into the agreement or making any payments.
⭐️If you enter into a floating rate loan you must be provided with an annual statement with certain details.
⭐️You have the right to choose your insurer
⭐️You have the right to cancel optional services, such as extended warranties or optional insurance within 30 days and get a pro-rated refund
⭐️You have the right to pay off the full outstanding amount without a penalty (except if you took out a mortgage loan)
⭐️If you are allowed to defer a payment you must be told whether or not interest will accrue on the unpaid amount during the period in which the payment was deferred
Questions? Ask away.
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Is anyone else getting tired of reading about “busting through manifesting blocks?” Especially from people selling you an “answer.” Don’t get me wrong, I think assessing our limited thinking and false beliefs is powerful and necessary. And if you feel called to do a course on it, go right ahead. I’m sure there are things to be learned. But I feel like “spirituality” and definitely “manifesting” is sometimes being used to be some magic button for having all our consumerist, material desires fulfilled. This is not to money shame or suggest we can’t have the things we want or should deny ourself. But sometimes “spirituality” lies in NOT receiving what you think you want and learning to integrate that. It can lie in slowly refining our desires to be more aligned with our true nature and what actually makes us happy instead of what society and advertising teaches us to want. Often, as our connection to ourselves and our soul deepens, we find a great deal of what we thought we needed starts to fall away into the completion of our own presence. Manifesting is powerful and important. So is just being. Living. Feeling. Being present with what already is. Sometimes if you feel liked you are “blocked” in your manifesting, it is because Spirit is intentionally slowing you down. Perhaps it’s not happening to you, it’s happening for you, and instead of running off to pay some “guru” to teach you how to fix it, you can simply turn your gaze inwards and ask “what is this limitation, or block teaching me? How is it serving me? How can I surrender into trust?” And guess what, it’s absolutely free!