What is Conscious Living?

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The Game of Life

Have you ever read one those fictional novels where you can choose the path you want the story to take?  Such as; To go into the cave and save the girl, go to page 146. To run away screaming, go to page 143.

Or perhaps you’ve played the board game ‘Life’ and you can make all the right decisions and you arrive at the finish line with a successful career and a car full of kids.

Well, in a nutshell, conscious living is just that (don’t worry, you don’t have to have a car full of kids).  Choosing to be in control, being mindful, and making smart choices to determine the outcome of your life and not surrendering to helplessness.

This website is a large microphone calling out to all those out there who want to be an active participant in the game we call ‘your life’ (which I’m pretty sure is everyone, right?).  There is no sitting back and watching the years go by, accepting all the scenarios that life throws at us.  We must make a conscious decision to be the one in charge and not be trodden down by circumstances.  We choose to acknowledge them for what they are as mere parameters to work with, and strive towards our ideal life.  And during the journey, we enjoy the entire ride regardless of the bumps and roadblocks along the way.

 

A few things that Conscious Living is:

  • Realizing that we don’t see the world as it is, we see the world as we are.
  • Putting our full attention on the now.  Attention cannot be multitasked.
  • Releasing negative emotions that have been created from past experiences.
  • De-cluttering the mind.  What we think is who we are.
  • Understanding our emotions.  When to trust them, and when not to.
  • Killing procrastination and being productive.  Making the most of our 24 hours.
  • Focusing on quality relationships.  Not quantity.
  • Seeing the world outside of oneself, understanding other’s perspectives and being compassionate to others.
  • Taking time to improve and understand oneself.  Establishing goals and a life mission.
  • Improving your mind: your focus, productivity, knowledge, memory, and strengths.
  • …and everything else that assists in self-improvement and continuous learning.  (This is my catch-all for everything that makes you a better person and inspires you to live your life effectively, positively, and fully.  To create a YOU 2.0)

What Conscious Living isn’t:

  • Spending time distracting ourselves from reality (watching too much television/movies, drinking and doing drugs, eating deliciously unhealthy foods, spending lots of money, etc).
  • Being lazy with our health and fitness.
  • Blaming problems and difficulties for idleness and lack of success.
  • Being a victim of the world.  Why does everything happen to you?
  • Having negative mind-chatter fill our mind and block our happiness.
  • Focusing on the problem instead of the solution.
  • … and everything else detrimental to our individual happiness and well being (the catch-all for what Conscious Living is NOT)

These are but a few of the ideas behind Conscious Living.  To summarize (a long summary):

“Conscious Living is the active pursuit of a fulfilled life and not standing idly by as the world pushes and shoves.  To be at peace with yourself, so you can be at peace with the world.  Choosing to discover the good whenever possible and not dwelling on the negative.  Realizing that happiness is not something you strive for and reach, it is a life choice and a way of travel.  We are in complete control of our life.”

Life doesn’t have an instruction manual, so do yourself a favor and make one for yourself along the way.

 

In fact, this website is my active attempt to make my own ‘manual’, or rather, ‘guidelines’ for my own life and by sharing them with you, I add some accountability for myself.  And hopefully in the process, others can learn by agreeing (or disagreeing) with this line of thinking.

Maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll create an adult version of the children’s adventure books to help you during your journey.  Wouldn’t this be nice?:

To accept the job at Google, go to page 33.

To say ‘I do’, go to page 95.

To give up and go eat a donut, close the book now.

It sure is unfortunate that we can’t go back in life and choose a different page if we don’t like the outcome.  Nevertheless, we can still decide to live consciously and define the life we want to live.  Conscious living is a lifestyle choice, not a new (and let’s be honest, temporary) diet plan.

Here are a few conscious living quotes to get you started:

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” – James Allen

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

“That which we are, we are, and if we are ever to be any better, now is the time to begin.” – Lord Alfred Tennyson

“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can bring peace to others.” – Thomas a Kempis

“The world awakens one person at a time.” – Sun Tzu

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2 thoughts on “What is Conscious Living?”

  1. Maria Erving says:

    Great post!

    I liked the quotes too, saw some new ones there that I hadn’t seen before too:-)

    Great points, only one thing I’d like to say is that all out emotions are to be trusted – they are our inner compass if you will, and even the ‘bad’ ones are ‘good’ in the way that they guide us the right way if we pay attention to them.

    It’s an inner guide that tells us if something is in alignment with our inner being or not, and when we listen to them, we are guided on the path that is right for us.

    To me to live a conscious life means to be Aware. Aware of our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, inner conversations etc etc etc.

    Thanks for a great post!
    Maria

  2. Greg Yung says:

    Thanks Maria, and thanks for sharing. Emotions are powerful and I agree with you, they are an internal compass, that is, when time is taken to experience the emotions.

    Strong day-to-day emotions can cloud our thinking, and I always suggest taking a 3rd person perspective on the situation when unsure of how to respond.

    Thanks for sharing your definition of a conscious life, it’s great!

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