Spirituality as Fashion.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 27, 2010
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From Jon Stewart’s Earth. Used by personal permission of Mr. Stewart—he and I play frisbee golf together Mondays. ~ ed.

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We’ve lauded spiritual materialism as being one of the best ways to protect the ego from reality?

Why grow up when you can go shopping?

Our pompous, self-proclaimed Dharma Brat editor (yours truly) has made fun of mala-wearers and om tattooers and all others who would go about proclaiming their spirituality. That’s his right, and your privilege.

But now, thanks to Jon Stewart’s Earth, we’re reminded that it ain’t just fair-weather-liberal-Whole Foods-trustafarian-dread-locked hippiesters who are into conspicuous-consumption-for-the-greater-good. From Eye-talians (like Travolta in Saturday Night Fever) to the above hard-to-look-at friend of Mr. Stewart’s, our non-heathen brothers and sisters, we’re reminded, have long loved to place Christ just to the right and below their heart.

You know, in their cleavage.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “Spirituality as Fashion.”

  1. elephantjournal says:


    Jarrod: Holy Spice Rack, Batman!

  2. Spirituality as fashion?
    Isn't that what's called "religion"?
    Y'know, the whole taking on "Christianity" or "Buddhism" or "Islam" as an identity that can be used to make friends, gain status, meet chicks, and, y'know, get you a way better afterlife than the unfashionable heathen?

  3. elephantjournal says:

    I shoulda had you write this blog! Amen brother!

    Still, having been raised in a religion that just encouraged me to "sit," "sit more" (as in meditate) I know that all religion isn't good or bad. It can be vital to living a good life that's good for others, which is our mission. That said, we Buddhists have our share of politics, wanting status, wanting chicks or dudes…people are people. ~ W

  4. Katie says:

    No, that is not what's called religion, air quotes or otherwise. It's what's called false religion.

  5. NotSoSure says:

    Buddhist=Chick Magnet

    Whoa, when that start happening?

  6. Kimberlynn says:

    Religion is one thing, Spirituality is something altogether different. I find that with religion, most of them anyway, (and I should know, as I have jumped from one to another for decades)are people trying to feel like they are part of a people of a certain sect, group, belief, etc. and they are too busy following the rules to be concerned with living them. Spirituality, on the other hand, is ones connection to the Source of the Universe and everything/everyone in it. This, as I have found in my search, is where we are able to stop worrying about following a certain tenet or creed properly and living a life filled with love and purpose because of the realization that we, all of life, are connected directly from the Source.

    Well, this is my truth anyway and it works. I wish you all peace and love, joy and laughter, light and hope.
    Blessed Be

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  8. AQUAMARINE says:

    I am a Christian what does spirituality mean to a Buddhist? For me being spiritual means having faith in the holy spirit of God who created the universe.