Most of us acquire our clothing without much thought. Yes, we may examine whether we like the color, fit, and style, but when those questions are answered affirmatively we buy. Consciousness rarely makes it into the dressing room. Awareness is an important part of our psychological health, but we may limit it to our meditative or relaxation practices rather than allow it to permeate throughout our day. Shopping for clothing can be an exercise in consciousness, and frankly should be! Here are some tips for raising your consciousness during clothing consumption. Remember to be mindful without judgment, this awareness may or may not change your purchase, but at minimum will make you think a little deeper.
If not animal based, was the means of acquiring the plant source destructive to people or the environment? Were the synthetic fibers made in an unhealthy manner? Were the acquiring practices wasteful? Are there better alternatives for these materials? Are the ornamentation items, such as clasps, buttons, and decorative objects "friendly"? These questions may lead to some disturbing answers, but you still have a right and obligation to know!