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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lesson 18: Less is More

We all need to be conscious consumers. Do you like retail-therapy? Chances are you get the urge to shop for things that you don't really need in order to feel better. Do you still get a high from the hunt and feel guilty later? Do you realize that you fall into bad habits and want to change? The average household credit card debt is $16,748 and each family has accumulated around 300,000 items (for a family of 3 that equals 100,000 items per person). Think of the cost to your overall health (financial worry) and the environment.

Yoga helped me realize that I have more than enough and that less is more. I have not bought anything new in more than a week. I mostly shop for food and groceries. This frees me from having to deal with stuff that clutter up my closet and my space. Be honest. Does having all that stuff make you happy? Are you in credit card debt? Did you know that most of the things people store up just occupy space and have no real use? The same goes for food. Eat until 70-80% full, stop and wait a while. Choose to eat plant-based whole foods with dense nutrients and fiber. Enjoy the sight, smell and taste of your meal. 

My challenge to you is to look at how you spend your money and the stuff you have at home. If there are clothes and things you haven't worn or used in the last 6 months, donate them to charity or sell them on e-Bay. How will you apply the "less is more" concept in your life? Please share below in the comments button. 

Ingrid Cheng

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