Conscious Living focuses on living in the present, not the past or the future. Are you awake and alive to this moment? For most of us the answer is no. Are you thinking of your vacation last year or that time your boss berated you or a choice you wish you had not made from choosing a college, getting married or your first job that took you life in a certain direction? Many of us tend to spend much of our focus on the past. Or are you concerned about what will happen this fall when your youngest child moves out or what if you get sick or lose your job. We spend a great deal of time both regretting the past and worrying about the future.
We spend very little time in the present. This moment, in the present is the only moment we can make a choice, or we take action. This is the only moment you can embrace your creativity and live and love. It is the only moment we can face what is happening in our lives and decide what to do.
When our lives are not working, there is always at least one thing we’re not facing. – Gay Hendricks from Conscious Living
We are on autopilot. We have so much on our plate we feel overwhelmed and even numb. The days pass us by quickly, each one seems the same.
We want to feel alive to wake up each morning glad to be alive and excited about the day. Ultimately, it’s a feeling we are after. The only way we can feel fully alive is to be fully conscious, to be fully aware of what is happening in the moment, to practice conscious living.
The feeling of being alive is different than being happy. Although like one of those Venn diagrams we learned about in math class, there is an overlap. I want to feel all my feelings: mad, sad, scared and yes joy. I want to live in the moment, fully conscious of what is happening, willing to face both those things that bring me joy and bring me pain.
Feeling alive is about being in the present, paying attention to what is. Knowing that whatever happened in the past does not limit our future. The only moment we have or will ever have to create the future we most want is this moment. When we face the present moment head on then we can face it deal with it and make choices that are right for us. We are living consciously.
When we don’t see or pretend whatever is happening is not we cannot face it deal with it. Burying our heads in the sand is unconscious living. Being aware of what is and facing what is, is conscious living.
Listening to the stories in our head is NOT conscious living. Most of those stories in our head are true but our worrying about something that may never happen.
In this moment we can practice conscious living.
Start by taking a few deep breaths. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Bring your awareness to the present. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you notice in your body?