How to Live a More Conscious Life

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To be more conscious and live a more conscious life means to be aware of yourself internally and externally at each moment.
If you are conscious, you are aware of the present moment and the fact that your inner self is awakened.
It is being mindful and feeling the air entering and exiting your lungs.
It is being present with your thoughts and emotions.
Most people do not live conscious lives in the sense that I am speaking of.
They live up in their heads with a matrix of thoughts swirling and twirling, and because of that they miss the "right now"; they don't experience the fullness of the magnificent present.
For example, have you ever gone on holiday and all of a sudden your perception of everything seems greater? You smell the fresh air, smile at the lush green trees and gorgeous flowers, and hear the sweet birds singing.
You feel more alive and oftentimes happier because you have forgotten about the hundreds of thoughts running around in your mind and you are simply conscious of the beauty of your present surroundings.
Those same beautiful surroundings could be in your neighbourhood back home, but you are focused on other things to notice; you do not take time to smell your own roses.
The deepest part of who we are, our consciousness or spirit, longs to be experienced.
The problem is that it gets covered up by so many layers of negative things over the years.
Childhood wounds, negative feelings, limiting beliefs, etc.
pile on year after year and it gets harder and harder to connect with our spirit.
To become more conscious requires a peeling away of these layers one by one.
The best way to do this is to become mindful or meditate.
To live a more conscious life will require you to slow down, get quiet, and allow the painful wounds of the past to surface so you can process them and let them go; thus, digging down through layers to become more in tune with your spirit.
As you do this, wounds heal and beauty and wholeness arise.
It is a beautiful transformation.
You might be thinking, "Who wants to go back to childhood and face old wounds?" I understand where you are coming from but it is an important process if you want to begin living a more conscious life.
Ponder these questions: Are you happy with your life? Do you love who you are? Are you full of shame or pain? Do you know your primary purpose in life? Are your relationships up to par? If your answers to some of these questions are not what you'd like them to be, I invite you to take some time to devote to meditating each day.
Learn to be present with your thoughts and feelings in the now.
Learn how to sit in silence and let your mind rest.
Even just 10 minutes a day will be helpful.
There are many ways to meditate, but very simply it is sitting down in a comfortable position, taking a few deep breaths, and then focusing on your breath.
As you inhale, feel the air moving into your lungs.
As you exhale, feel the air leave your body and relax every muscle.
As you focus on your breathing, in and out, all other thoughts will melt away and you will feel at peace.
Random thoughts and feelings, such as old wounds, will surface now and then and when they do, simply acknowledge them and let them go.
Some call this process of becoming more conscious "enlightenment.
" The more enlightened you become, the more peace, joy, and contentment you will feel.
You won't be lying in bed at night letting your thoughts keep you awake or frazzled during the day obsessing over things.
Along with meditation, you can live a more conscious life each day by trying to be mindful and present throughout the day.
Be mindful of your thought life and if thoughts must be there, be sure they are positive.
Be mindful of your surroundings.
Hear the birds singing.
Take time to pat the cat.
Sit outside and breathe deep the aroma of nature.
Smile often.
Become aware of inhaling and exhaling.
Feel the core of your being alive and well.
Get to the root of who you are.
You are much more than your flesh and bones.
Purpose to live a more conscious life and as you do, you will discover more and more what a magnificent spirit you are.

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