If you want to live more consciously, it all starts with your thoughts.
What are you thinking about? What’s on the front burner of your mind? Are they good thoughts or bad ones? Do you think enough about what matters most in life--the people and things that really matter to you--or do you spend most of your time thinking about work, TV shows, food, stuff for sale at the mall? There are so many areas where we can focus our attention--our own lives and those around us. But if we don’t choose to make an effort to bring consciousness into these areas then how much will change in our lives and in the world around us for the better?
Here are 7 ways you can practice living more consciously:
1. Be present in the moment
Being present in the moment can be defined as living in the present and being willing to engage with whatever is happening now, rather than dwelling on either the past or worrying about the future. As you breathe deeply and focus on what's going on right now, it becomes easier to find gratitude for your current situation and to experience all of life more fully.
2. Ask yourself what you are thinking about and how those thoughts make you feel
Is your mind filled with worry, fear, and anxiety? Where do these thoughts come from? What is the root of these thoughts? Is it something that has happened in the past or is it something that is happening now? Being able to identify what is going on at the deepest level of your conscious mind is an important step towards clarity and peace. This doesn't mean that you can solve every problem or feel great all the time, but it does give you more power to choose how you want to feel and what you want to focus on.
3. Practice gratitude by reflecting on your blessings
Practicing gratitude is the act of recognizing and appreciating what we have. It's not about who we are, what we do, or what others think of us. Gratitude is a way to practice humility by acknowledging that our lives are gifts and that there's always someone out there who is less fortunate than we are . Appreciation, gratitude, and compassion are all linked; when we take the time to think about what others may be going through or what other people need help with, we feel less self-focused and more joyful.
4. Let go of grudges
Holding onto grudges and feelings of resentment actually hold you back from feeling better and experiencing much more joy in your life. When we're holding onto something, we are not spending our time wisely and focusing on the things that are important to us. If you have someone who has hurt you or someone who wronged you, it's not healthy for your self-esteem to continue thinking about that person. You can't change the past, but you can focus on creating a positive future for yourself.
5. Accept others unconditionally
Accepting people as they are and not as who we want them to be is one of the best ways to live more consciously. Sometimes we have expectations that others will behave in certain ways or that they'll act the way we want them to act, but this is not realistic because people are individuals with their own free will. We can't change other people, but we can change how we react and relate to them.
6. Look for opportunities to help others
When we look for opportunities to help others, this can shift our perspective and give us a new way to feel needed. There are many ways that we can help others--we just need to see them--and the benefits of doing so are plentiful. When we have the opportunity to help someone else in need, it leads to lower levels of depression and greater feelings of happiness.
7. Reflect on your day before going to bed
You may be wondering what this could possibly mean. Many people don't take the time to think about how their day went and if they are satisfied with it. If you want to live more consciously, one of the first steps is to reflect on your day before going to bed. By doing this, you can think about how you have spent your day and see if there are any changes that you would like to make for tomorrow.
In order to live more consciously, you need to be mindful of your thoughts and feelings. It is important that we don't dwell on the past or worry about the future but rather spend our time in this moment. When it comes to being conscious, having gratitude for what you have now can help lessen self-focus and create a positive present. Accepting others unconditionally and looking for opportunities to help those around us are also ways that we can get started living more consciously today!