One task of a grassroots reduction movement is to help people get past the “never-enough” mentality that is baked into our culture. The quickest way to do this is to strengthen people (including ourselves) from within, so we feel truly secure. Then we don’t feel compelled to use excess material stuff to suppress our feelings; fill a hole that’s existential or spiritual.
One of my favorite mystical/spiritual writers is Rumi. Here’s a quote from him I just stumbled on:
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” — Rumi
Go here for other mystical quotes from Rumi: 22 Mystical Quotes by Rumi, via adamsiddiq.com