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Conscious Living 9: Shopping

Shopping and consciousness

You can live consciously always and everywhere, especially in everyday life. Let us examine a daily process such as shopping: How can you consciously design your shopping trip?

How do you choose the products you put in the cart while shopping? How does advertising change my and your shopping behavior? Is conditioning by other people a reason for my food choices? Have I been buying the same product for years because I know it tastes good or because I rarely try something new? Did you ever think about this?

Healthy food

In many magazines, on the Internet and in countless televised broadcasts, tips for the perfect diet are revealed and treated almost like someone is telling you a secret. There are superfoods to help us feel good. Often this is just real food, that arrives at the supermarket without being processed. In plain English: The unchanged, biological state. Although we all know that chemistry is not healthy for our bodies, we let ourselves be lulled in by the industry and buy the highly praised “healthy” foods, that are overloaded with sugar and partly aim for the youngest of the youngest. How dull does a person have to be, to deliberately overthrow an entire generation for money and fame? The excuse is probably: Everyone buys what he likes! But: No one mentions the ingredient combinations that have similar effects as cocaine!

I’ve changed my life and pay attention to what my body needs when shopping. So I end up only with food that I like and that I enjoy. My body takes care of the rest: If I need vitamins, he pushes me into the fruit department. If I need iron, maybe a barbecue and a lot of meat would make sense. I am completely convinced of this way of life. Since I live like this, I only had good days and feel well.
However, if I align my shopping for any diet from some women’s magazine, and feel disgusted in advance, I can be sure, that this diet won´t be beneficial. After all, the heart wants what the heart wants.

Shopping against environmental destruction

Every day we hear of increasing environmental destruction, which is mostly committed by big companies. In the media, this is experienced as a hype against plastic bags and straws. This created an enemy image that the media could rip apart. Over the years, the crowd has been dulled down enough to believe a wolf, when it says it´ll protects the sheep.
Meanwhile, Nestle is far ahead in supplying our planet with food. Although they pump cheap water from Africa, bottle it even cheaper and sell it for horrendous prices to the Western world. By the way, there are tracts of land, where people are dying of thirst, but Nestle still says, they’re the good ones. The church does this too, but more people started thinking here.

So how can I consciously shop for myself? How about shopping less of EVERYTHING you could eat and instead knowing that you can buy food every day. We prefer to load more in the shopping cart and throw something away (at least I did). Just so we never lack something, but does this really work? Wouldn´t the world feel better, if I knew, that my purchasing behavior could increase and decrease the market value of a company and let me direct them into a desirable direction? Nestle flew from my suppliers list.

I have decided to find companies, that give back. Be it for the employees, the community or the environment. I am done with companies that popped out of the ground just to print money. The conversion will continue, but I will get to my destination. Still: Doing a little is better, than doing nothing, you know. For cosmetics, my cohabitant Theresa has found a very useful alternative: Ringana

Clothing and other important goods

So far, I have only written about food. If you look at clothes, luxury goods, etc, there is also a lot going wrong. Where there used to be a clothing-collections for every season, there is now one for every week. However, unsold clothing is not donated or recycled, but destroyed. One should become aware of this madness and then briefly think again, about how to handle this. In case of expired food as well as needed clothes. So many people are starving and naked, and we simply throw flawless possibilities to help away. This is a disgusting condition, that shall change as quickly as possible.

However, it is only the individual that can change that. After all, politics are blind, when it comes to helping someone who has little significance during the election. So: we need to build some pressure on them.

The utilization of regional cultivation and local suppliers has become increasingly important. The willingness to pay more for goods has, in my opinion, also increased. At least with the people who can afford it. For the other part of the pair of scissors, such meals seem unaffordable. But should it be a matter of social status, to what extent you can feed well? Are these scissors not already traceable to mistakes made in the generations before us?
So why should my generation be satisfied with that? Which was good enough for my parents, does not have to be good enough for me, does it? Someone once said to me, that there is an unwritten law, that the next generation obeys the parents. This law has to be broken as soon as possible! Otherwise, we will always live one generation in the past, with outdated ideas. This is a huge problem!

Please think about my points and decide at your discretion. I do not want to push anyone on my path, I just want to show that there are different ways.
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C-L Ludwig


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