Several years ago, following the intention of living more consciously, I considered it the Year of Awakening. For me, I envision a lifetime of conscious living as I more fully awaken to the spiritual being that I really am. As part of my spiritual journey, I love searching for the meaning of things to gain an even deeper understanding. This is what Webster’s dictionary had to say about the word conscious: in the “moment”, in waking consciousness, mentally perceptive, alert, subjectively knowing, intentional, deliberate, inwardly attentive, conscious, knowledgeable, conscious, knowing yourself, realizing and acknowledging.
Wow, that’s a powerful definition! Who wouldn’t want to be conscious? Along with conscious living comes the responsibility to act in accordance with our values and knowledge. We may experience emotional pain as we allow ourselves to feel what we have been suppressing for years, but for the most part, living consciously is joyful as we see the good in others and trust in the presence of a loving God unfolding in our lives. lives perfectly.
In order to change old patterns and create greater awareness in our lives, it is important to do a daily practice that allows a change in consciousness and then the creation of new patterns and improved habits may arise. For those who know me, I am a ‘busy’ woman, but I am learning to enjoy a little free time. I see how it is leading me to greater awareness in my life.
A part of my daily practice is spending time in stillness, in the tranquility of my own mind. I spend time in silence when I meditate, which I also call “sunbathing.” It is there where I learn to have space between my thoughts. I listen to that inner voice and wherever it takes me is where I am willing to go. I find that the more I listen to the spiritual guidance I receive, the more fluid my life flows!
As I spend time in silence, I release my prayers and review in my mind all that I am grateful for. My heart is filled with gratitude as I review in my mind the many ways I am blessed. If there is any resentment or forgiveness work to do, I take care of this as well, while my inner being is calm and focused on the goodness of God.
For me, one aspect of conscious life is being in touch with what brings me joy. When I follow the rhythm of my own inner drummer, so to speak, I know that I am on the path to conscious life, and not just doing what everyone else thinks I should be doing! Mythologist Joseph Campbell says, “If you follow your bliss, you set yourself on a kind of path that has been there all along, waiting for you, and the life you should be living is the one you are living … If you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that soda, that life inside of you, all the time. ” To experience bliss is to be attentive to the underlying beauty and meaning found in life, no matter the circumstances.
Another way I live consciously is through the use of intention. I have been using the power of intention ever since I learned of the Abraham-Hicks teachings found on Abraham-Hicks.com over eleven years ago. I see working with intention as a kind of traffic cop to draw energy, direct it, and use my focused awareness to bring about positive change in my life and the world around me.
My use of intention has brought the right people into my life at the right time; it helped me to see all my work as spiritual, it allowed me to develop divine relationships; and it helped me have a greater sense of well-being. I feel empowered in my life by seeing where my intentions have led me.
There is so much beauty and love to see when I slow down enough to be vigilant. One intention that has been manifested for me is the opportunity to spend time with teachers, coaches, and mentors. By spending time in silence, following my bliss, and using positive intention, I can connect with life like never before. I hope the rest of my life unfolds in a way that helps me continue to grow and serve with love and do so with a conscience!