Many of us have been forced to live our lives conservatively, and there is a significant percentage of people in the 21st century who consume more than their needs, states Michael Eckerman.

Consumption relates to our carbon footprint, material items, food, and any other habit or thing we use for our personal intake. It also refers to the stress that our style of living puts on the environment. How much we travel, how much waste we make, or how much electricity we are using. These are some of the ways in which we leave a carbon footprint.

Michael Eckerman

Gluttony is a religious term used to describe over-using or over-consumption and is, in religious terms, considered to be a sin. Michael Eckerman stated, “For one’s personal development, learning to reduce our consumption is a lifestyle choice that is imperative to our advanced development.”

Learning how to consume just what we need may not be realistic in its most extreme sense, but being conscious about our consumption and reducing it accordingly, is part of a solid personal development plan.

Giving in to our desires which require increased use can be difficult especially if they’ve become addictions in our life, for example, alcohol, gambling, food, even sex, are all objects of over-use with which many might find themselves to be over consuming.

According to Michael Eckerman, when we are conscious about our consumption, over-indulgence is much less likely to occur. Careful monitoring of our daily consumption helps keep a healthy mind and body. Consciousness allows us to set limits on our use and gives us our personal standards to be focused on.

“Living consciously can also have a profound impact on our self-worth, aiding our empowerment and taking our personal development to an advanced level,” says Michael Eckerman. When we are acting and living in a positive way, we naturally feel good about ourselves. In turn, we talk nicely to ourselves and others and project positivity into the world. All of these things together help us to create a harmonious life and empower us to do more.

People who live a conscious life are at an advanced stage of their personal development. They are happy, well-adjusted individuals who cannot easily go into over-indulgence. These people are either very close to reaching their goals, or they have already achieved them and have moved on to a new set of targets.