In personal development and law of attraction circles, living consciously is a hot topic. More and more people are awakening to the fact that they want to be the driver in their life instead of the passenger, and living consciously is the way to do that. So, what exactly does living consciously mean? And, what are the positives and negatives of doing so?
What Does Living Consciously Mean?
To be conscious means to be awake and alert. In other words, if you not in a coma or asleep, and have full function of your brain, then you are conscious. But, being conscious also means to be aware and mindful, and not everyone who is conscious is aware of things going on in their life.
Many people are set on autopilot. Sure, they are awake and going through the motions of day to day life, but those motions are dictated by their habits and beliefs (subconscious), not their consciousness.
Living consciously means being aware of your surroundings and the people in it. It means being aware of how your thoughts affect you, how your beliefs play a part in your life, how you are affecting other people, and how you are contributing to the world.
Living consciously means you recognize the unhealthy things you are doing and consciously try to change them, rather than let them control your life.
Living consciously means you make choices that are good for you, others, and the world, by getting out of your own head and becoming aware of how your actions affect other people.
Why Is It So Important To Live Consciously?
Living consciously is important for your happiness, relationships, health, success, and contribution to the world. When you go through your days with an awareness – not just an awakeness – you can work on improving your life and the lives of other people around you.
Also, being consciously aware allows you to live in a world where you don’t stress out about what is acceptable or not acceptable, and you are able to step out of your comfort zone because you are aware that your choices are being made for the greater good, and if they don’t fit into an accepted mold – oh well.
For instance, a young man named Godfrey Coutto recently stepped out of his comfort zone and did what many people won’t do. He was on the bus when a man shook his hand and then proceeded to hug him and kiss his hands. At first Godfrey had the reaction many of us would, but he was consciously aware that this man was special needs and needed the comfort he was trying to get. He let the man hold his hand and hug him for the entire journey on the bus regardless of his discomfort or of what other people thought, and now he is being praised for it. Imagine how good he feels about himself and how much kindness he has spread just from being consciously aware of what this man needed and what was the right thing to do.
Why It May Suck Sometimes
For the most part, ignorance is not bliss. It’s better to be aware of how things are impacting you and the world around you; however, sometimes it can be a drag.
For example, watching other people living without being consciously aware is hard, especially when they are people you love. Watching them hurt themselves or others with their habits, beliefs, and choices, and not being able to do anything about it, can be painful. What you see so clearly is not as visible to them, and you can’t ‘make’ them see anything they are not able to see.
That is the downside of being consciously aware, but the good news is that you have the awareness to see why they do what they do and, instead of trying to change it, you accept them for who they are.
Living Consciously Is Essential To Life
By being aware, you will not only contribute to your life positively but other people’s lives too. You will be happier, more mindful, more optimistic, and more compassionate, which will ultimately help you live a more fulfilling life. In other words, it’s pretty darn important to live with a conscious awareness.