21 Ways to Live a More Conscious Life

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You’re not going to give up your home and leave the country.  There are no orange robes in your future, no major move to Nepal.  No Boddhi trees, begging for alms or early morning monastery chanting.  You don’t have to be a Himalayan monk or the Buddha to live a conscious life.

What is a conscious life?

A conscious life is a deliberate and thought-out life. It’s listening to yourself and then making choices.

It’s asking yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing: looking at the reasons behind the actions you take.

It’s not wandering adrift in the stream of life, but taking purposeful and intentional action.

Imagine going to a grocery store without knowing what you’re going to buy. Living consciously means thinking about a grocery list and knowing what you’re going to cook for dinner this week.

Living consciously is like buying a plane ticket before you get to the airport and knowing which airline you’re going to take and to what destination.

Surprisingly, most people don’t live this way. They are guided by tradition or their families, or do what society tells them to do.

What do you get out of living consciously?

When you live a conscious life, you’re more likely to live a life filled with happiness and joy.

Living a conscious life means you’re actively evaluating your activities, decisions and options. You’re making deliberate choices based on your values and your truth.

We often don’t have a chance to live consciously. From the day we are born until we die, we are told what to do.

Our parents push us to be a certain kind of person, to like certain foods, to pick certain career paths. Society tells us that success comes from living in a certain neighborhood, attaining a professional degree, buying a specific type of house or driving a particular car.

On top of family and society, the world’s corporations are after our spending dollars so they can sell us stuff and meet shareholder expectations.

When you choose to live consciously, you can question and challenge everything.

You can do what feel right to you and reject the things that don’t resonate.

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