Welcoming Karen on this #ThoughtsTuesday!!
My name is Karen and I am a Conscious Lifestyle Blogger. Now, what is a conscious lifestyle? I can assure you it’s not a niche I’ve made up just to sound cool.
Last year has been all about mindfulness – a psychological process that many of us have learnt to achieve through meditation or yoga in order to be and feel the present. If being mindful has allowed you to feel more in control of your thoughts, why not join me by taking a step up in the coming year and be more conscious and be in control of your choices and decisions as well.
Conscious living is more than just mindful living learned is about being more aware of how things can affect you prior to doing them and therefore making the choice with clarity and purpose.
Being more conscious can be different depending on what suits your mind and body, so no two people will have the same method to cultivating their conscious lifestyle. Ultimately, the aim is to introduce more of what makes you feel satisfied learned can be food, TV, relationships, activities or even conversations and eliminating the things (or people) that affect you negatively.
Why Should You Live More Consciously
Living consciously isn’t just for those who want to live a happier, more holistic life, but also for those who want to be more successful. Coming from a person who once thought meditation was nothing more than just a brainwashing technique and that the cross-legged position looked extremely ridiculous, I can say that conscious living does in fact have a logical side to it. By adopting a more conscious lifestyle and altering your habits slightly, you can pave your way to gradual happiness and success.
In case you weren’t aware of the other possibilities that can come from conscious living, you can become:
- More satisfied
- More healthy
- More peaceful
- More energetic
- More focused
- More compassionate
- More meaningful connections with like-minded people
- Influencing love ones in having all things positive too!
If these benefits are naturally appealing to you, you are already one step closer to conscious living. For those who need a little bit more convincing (like myself before I fully understood the benefits of being more conscious), being more conscious doesn’t just benefit those who are depressed and unsatisfied with their life, but those who live automatically.
In our modern, fast-paced society, it is easy to make decisions out of ease and habit. Between texting, next-day delivery and the internet, we don’t take the time to make decisions, instead, we choose the option that is the easiest and quickest. These are automatic decisions. Unfortunately, there is a correlation between automatic decisions and dissatisfaction of the outcome. BUT! By being more conscious, the results are anticipated and you’re more likely to feel more satisfied.
How to Live More Consciously
Now, living consciously isn’t a one-off thing, but a habit you will have to reinforce. For any beginners out there, I found it easier to focus on various aspects of my life. Here are the 5 major areas I have been making conscious changes to:
- Eating and Drinking
- Self-help and Healing
- Relationships with People
To begin the process of being more conscious in any aspect of your life, you will need to follow these 2 core values:
This is to analyse and become fully aware of the effect of the things consumed by your senses and how it affects you or your surroundings (like the environment or other people). Notice what makes you feel good and what makes you feel bad.
Next, is to consume based on your analysis of your awareness. You will make the active choice to add and promote what creates positive feedback for you, and consequently eliminating, reducing and avoiding those things which don’t serve you and the world around you.
Beginning Your Conscious Journey
Conscious living works on a large scale and can set the tone for the years to come in your life. Although the first steps can be overwhelming, be patient and slowly develop it into a habit and allow it to become an instinct.
The important takeaway from this is that your body and mind deserve to be treated with the best respect you can possibly give. Making your first conscious decisions may seem insignificant, but they work as ripple effects and can make a great impact on your life in the long run.