How Mindfulness Can Help You Escape Materialism
In today’s society, it has become increasingly easy to fall victim to the draws of materialism. With the ideal of valuing material objects being more and more prevalent in our world today, many people find they accidentally become obsessed with material objects. It can be hard to break away from this type of draw. However, the good news is, with regular mindful meditation, there are things that you can do in order to break away from materialism for good and to live the fuller and more balanced life you deserve.
So, what is so draining or negative about materialism?
When we start to develop materialistic tendencies, it can be easy to forget about the people, relationships and self-care that is so important. People start thinking more about buying the latest cellphone or designer handbag instead of being appreciative of the beauty in their world, or having dinner on the table and family and friends that love them.
It can be hard to break away from these tendencies. The important thing to remember about materialism is that it isn’t just about buying items or having nice things. It is all about intent.
Regular mindful meditation can help you remember what is important in life and help you be more mindful of the world around you. When you are more mindful you can be more aware of what is going on in the world around you. Materialism all stems from having poor intent.
If you start to practice mindful meditation, it doesn’t mean that you need to give up having nice things. It will just help you view the world in a better way. If you are mindful of your love of fast cars and the way that driving a car on your own makes you feel, how it helps you unwind and what it can do in order to improve your mental well-being, then owning a car isn’t being materialistic. If you have a lot of money in the bank and want to buy a Porsche to impress your neighbors – that is being materialistic.
This is where mindful meditation comes in. It teaches you to understand yourself and your place in the world and to get to know you and what makes you happy. It helps teach you about self-fulfillment and can help you be truly happy. You need to start by sitting in a quiet, calm place and just giving yourself 10-15 minutes of mindful meditation time per day.
As you sit down and start to meditate, you simply need to focus on nothing but your breath, going in and out of your body.
This meditation time will give you an opportunity to spend time with yourself and only yourself. It will give you time away from all of the outside influences in the world. This gives you a chance to spend time with yourself and learn more about the intrinsic goals that you have for yourself. These are the goals that fuel you and who you are as a person. They are much more meaningful than extrinsic goals which are all about achieving a desired outcome such as becoming rich. These goals have nothing to do with the process of how you get there or the journey that you take along the way.
Being more aware of the process and the steps that you have to take in order to achieve these goals will help you realize your place in the world and to be more mindful of the journey, instead of the materialistic outcome.
The first step in coming to this type of revelation all lies in beginning regular, mindful meditation. Practicing the process of following your breath as it goes in and out of your body will give you the basics you need to learn to be more mindful of your breath, yourself and how the air infiltrates your body. Start by following your breath and becoming mindful of that breath, you will soon notice yourself becoming mindful of so much more. It is the true key to overcoming materialism for good and to better your life in the process.