When we are disconnected from our true selves there is a imaginary void created and we tend to fill it up by consuming things, either internally or externally shopping for things we don’t need.
The contemporary culture also encourages this. we tend to buy food that we don’t really require. Or clothing that we don’t need. The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread is three billion to one. I found this quote pretty interesting–
When I shop, the world gets better, and the world is better, but then it’s not, and I need to do it again.
(Confessions of a Shopaholic-the movie)”
― Sophie Kinsella
The joy of the purchase fades off almost immediately. This could be because we are trying to fill a void. This kind of randomness is indicative of a disconnect, and we have the choice of connecting to our centre.
When we are connected to our centre we are able to access the fullness of who we are and our individual spirit. As this connect gets established we are ready and spontaneously connect to the source of the universe where nothing lacks. Once we decide to reconnect we need to examine our behaviour from an higher plane within ourselves. we can look without judgement at the thoughts and feeling that occur before and after our indulgences to find the pattern.
I know of a friend who kept track of these observation in a journal so that she could go back just in case she lost her way.
Boredom often inspires eating and shopping. But once we are connected to our centre, our intuition guides us to the place where our energy can best be used. We can replace the boredom with a meditation practise, a class, a project, change of job, or getting involved in some activity.
A friend of mine, who was a conservative banker, went on a Himalayan trek, now she does it annually. The void, the depression the compulsive eating are all now things of the past.