I remember when I did yoga teacher training and we were learning about breath. We all breathe shallow, in our upper chest and shoulders, avoiding the deep belly breath from our diaphragm, and I very much lived in this shallow state of breath.
My teachers led breathing exercises, I read about it in books, I did meditations on it, but I just couldn't get it. I didn't understand how to take a full breath.
One night I was lying in bed thinking about it when suddenly I felt like I was suffocating. In a moment I became full body aware of my shallow breath and like a fish plopped on land felt completely parched and panicked.
Then I learned how to deep breath. My body just made the decision for me.
I think that's how realizations come for me, I think, analyze, pontificate (fun word) and then, when it's ready, the decision is just made for me, it possess me and I become claimed by it. I'm not the owner of the realization, it owns me.
Then you live like that, like a snake with new skin.
These days my body has been forcing me to realize how unsatiated I am with my role as a consumer.
I go through my closet and I feel sick with the clothes that have become shrunk, stained, ripped, that I box up and pretend disappears in the garbage or goodwill basket. It doesn't.
I walk in a store of a million choices and feel anxious to make the right one. Every individual object used resources to be created with what? Shipped from where? Made by who? How was their community impacted by the discount price?
I used to get excited by shopping but now I feel burdened. The relationship I have with things and consumerism is getting rocky. And I know it's a product of me meditating on the state of the environment, the reality of my privilege, and the way that affects the rest of the world. My body is telling me my habits are essential, my absorbtion of the American Dream is wrong, and my role as a consumer is becoming suffocating.
I wish I knew the answer but I don't. I still fuck up all the time and make excuses for poor decisions.
Keep trying, keep breathing, keep listening to my body, shedding old skin
Früher habe ich gerne im Sale eingekauft und mein erstes selbst verdientes Geld in Klamotten von H&M gesteckt. Außerdem bildete ich mir eine LV Tasche und Louboutins ein. Weil ich ein zielstrebiger Mensch bin, konnte ich mir beides nach einer Weile leisten. Glücklich gemacht hat's mich nicht. Beide Luxusartikel habe ich später verkauft.
Gestern war ich in der Stadt und bin an drei roten SALE-Schildern vorbeigekommen. Billige Preise, Vergünstigungen und Trendmode reizen mich mittlerweile wenig bis nicht mehr. "Ich brauche nichts" ist innerhalb eines Jahres zu meinem Shoppingmantra geworden. Kleidung kaufe ich Vintage. Neues nur, wenn notwendig. Mit einer minimierten Garderobe reise ich unbeschwerter. Befreit von Ballast und Besitz, der unnötig erdet.
Ungenutzte Bekleidung verschenke ich mit Vergnügen, verkaufe auf Kleiderkreisel oder auf dem Flohmarkt. Ca$h für die Reisekasse, weniger Ballast und ein Mensch, der sich über ein neues Kleidungsstück freut = Win-win.
This is Bing. He's a 30-something (can't actually tell his age because of his incredible genes and the brilliant shine he emanates, for all I know he could be in his sixties) Chinese Canadian walking across the globe to spread his message of peace and love. After trying to commit suicide for the 30th (unsuccessful) time in his parents home in China, he had an awakening.. life is worth living but it's how we live it... so goes spreading his message. Return to nature, return to love. He has walked 1,200 miles so far and I was somehow right time, right place to run into him. He walked here from Vancouver, Canada!
He has no food, no phone, no money, and... no Instagram page. Just the basics: sleeping gear, necessary clothing, severely worn down shoes, and a water bottle. I asked if there was anything he needed.. as he munched his apple (looking like the most content person I've ever seen eating an apple) he said no. "No, I think I'm good. Someone gave me a bagel, and I have another apple here. Oh, and that guy down there shared his pizza with me. Yeah I'm good." He literally only takes what he needs and trusts that more will show up when he's ready for it. #reduceyourcarbonfootprint ♻️ People have invited him into their homes, paid for him to have a night at a motel, and one group even let him sleep in their hotel room on their extra bed. He's been given food and water and lots of smiles. Everyone he meets has been very kind to him. However, he says most people just ignore him.
He says he should be in #sanfrancisco in 3 days. If you happen to see Bing tell him Bridgette says hello and hope his blister is healing. I hope you make it buddy, to wherever your journey has its end. You certainly have impacted my life. He's homeless and is on a mission to share his message. Admirably homeless? If he didn't have a message or a mission and just walking about would people be so generous? Also, he's a f***ing badass.
Anyway, these were my thoughts as I set out to walk the now trivial sounding 5 mile loop with enough food, water, and supplies to last me days.
-A video featuring the Potoggang department store floor manager, Song Un Pyol, shot by Eric Talmadge-
Paektu Cultural Exchange Director, Michael Spavor, has been quoted in a recent AP article written by Eric Talmadge discussing the new consumerist trends and the current effects of UNSC sanctions in North Korea.
Read “The real revolution in NKorea is the rise of consumer culture” by Eric Talmadge at AP News here: https://www.apnews.com/c9cb8485057846278a0e85485f68ad09/The-real-revolution-in-NKorea-is-rise-of-consumer-culture
Find out more about our programs and about how you can learn more about the current effect of sanctions and the economic development occurring in the DPRK: http://paektuculturalexchange.org/2017-trips-delegations/
Time lapse 230 - Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock.
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London, New York, LA, Las Vegas, Miami, Toronto, Bogota, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, Dubai, Istanbul, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei & Tokyo.
I wish you all the best.
Follow signs, and let things organically fall into place.
Give thanks and show gratitude whenever possible.
Don't sweat the small things- everything is temporary.
Life is all about trial and error.
Take joy in lessons learned!
Tonight you'll fall asleep,
And tomorrow will be a new day.
When you see sunlight trickling in, that's a type of magic all in its own.
I feel blessed.
Bless all those around- far and near.
And challenge for the day- Bless up.
it's hard to not get stuck in the webs of #consumerism .
even when you're saving money (like with sales & coupons) you're often just buying stuff you didn't need in the first place.
what if massive plots of land were covered in trees, #natural areas, #life , #earth .
not malls & super targets.
would we stear clear of the trap?