When consumption becomes an automatic and compulsive behavior, believe it or not, it wreaks the same havoc on our psyche as what we typically consider to be worse addictive behaviors! Through blind consumption we are sending a message to the universe that we are not satisfied by its intelligent and natural design and require daily Starbucks, new jeans, a new car or the newest iPhone to get in touch with the inherent pleasure and joy of this precious life. My invitation to you is that each time you are about to reach for the next external attempt at fulfillment, close your eyes, gently breathe at your belly and try to feel your life force traveling through your body. If that is too subtle for you try Bhastrika breath (learned from a properly trained yoga teacher) and that will certainly reconnect you to Source. This is not to say that we shouldn’t enjoy what life has to offer to its fullest, but when it becomes a replacement for deeply connecting to Self we are setting up a vicious cycle that can only lead to more and more constitutional imbalance and suffering. When we are truly aware of our nature, unconscious consumption simply falls away, so to permanently ward off its insidious manner a daily, psycho-spiritual practice is required.