There’s no doubt that these modern times we live in support routines, multi-tasking, and endless distractions, making it easy to get caught up in the world around us. Conscious living asks us instead to be more intentional with the life we are creating. Living consciously is the path to increased confidence, fulfillment, and personal growth.
What Does it Mean to Live Consciously?
Conscious living pushes us beyond simply existing or “going through the motions.” Instead, we are fully present and engaged in our life, making deliberate decisions about who we are, what we stand for, and how we want to live.
Conscious Living vs. Passive Living
Conscious living and passive living represent two very opposing mindsets, represented by such contrasts as:
Awareness vs. Lack of Intention
Those living consciously make deliberate decisions, taking responsibility for their actions and any potential consequences. One who lives passively is more likely to make decisions out of habit or based on societal norms, without giving them deeper consideration.
Presence vs. Being on Autopilot
A conscious life is one lived in the moment, fully aware of experiences as they unfold. A passive life is one filled with days of going through the motions of daily routines, almost as if on autopilot.
Growth vs. Resistance to Change
Continuous learning and growing is a cornerstone of conscious living, while those living more passively may be resistant to the discomfort or challenges that are necessary for growth.
Ownership vs. Blame
Those living a conscious life accept ownership and responsibility for what takes place in their life, while those living a passive life may be quick to blame external people or factors for their life’s circumstances.
Benefits of Living Consciously
Living consciously provides a number of benefits to one’s own life, as well as that of others around them, including:
1. Better Relationships
It stands to reason that being more present can deepen connections with others, as we engage in active listening, show more empathy, and have more genuine interactions with the people in our life.
2. Deep Personal Growth
Those who engage in conscious living are more committed to continual learning and self-reflection. Being willing to step out of one’s comfort zone and embracing change provide a solid foundation for steady growth.
3. Greater Resilience
When we are more in tune with the world around us — and its impact on us — we become more resilient in the face of challenges. While we know things won’t always be easy, we develop the ability to trust ourselves, learn from any setbacks, and grow through any challenges.
4. Better Decision Making Skills
When we truly know ourselves, and what we want out of life, we tend to make decisions that more closely align with our authentic self. We also make more informed decisions, having considered all of the benefits and consequences, and how those align with our truth.
How to Achieve a State of Conscious Living
Want to live more consciously? Try one or more of the following tips, designed to help you step into a more authentic and intentional life.
1. Commit to Growth
Always consider that there’s more you can learn. The second we think we’ve “got it all figured out,” we close ourselves off to new experiences and ways of thinking.
2. Begin a Gratitude Practice
A grateful heart can see the good in all things – even the things that don’t seem so positive in the moment. Learn to appreciate all the blessings you have, big and small. Take a few moments each day to thank the universe for all the good in your life, either in meditation or in a gratitude journal.
3. Set Daily Intentions
Don’t let yourself get stuck in routines. Begin each day by setting intentions for what you’d like to achieve, and how you’d like to show up in the world.
Allow yourself at least a few minutes each day without any distractions. Sit or lie down in a quiet spot and let your mind wander. Need some help getting into a meditative state? Try this guided meditation to help unlock a powerful mindset. You can also try going for a walk in nature – without your phone or headphones!
5. Give Yourself Grace
Living a conscious life is a journey, one that requires a high level of self-awareness and commitment to living more intentionally. If you find yourself dipping back into autopilot, don’t beat yourself up! Take it as an opportunity to make new choices, create new habits, and get back on your path to your true self.
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