There are many aspects to living Consciously.
A Conscious life is lived in the present, accepting the reality of what’s happening now.
Our attention, our full awareness is on whatever we’re doing in this moment.
Yet, how often do we spend our present moments stuck in thoughts of regret from the past, or fear of the future.
These are wasted moments.
Such thoughts aren’t true, they’re just made up stories that we replay a hundred times a day, but they’re an illusion none the less.
All that is real is this very moment.
Our stories distract us from the present
This behaviour created chaos in my head, chaos which never actually happened I might add. To create something better I had to learn to challenge the stories, thus breaking the habit of a life time.
The habit of believing that the stories are true and that by replaying them we can exact a different outcome, is part of the illusion.
Why? Because they aren’t true to begin with, they’re lies, scary stories we make up in our mind.
I had an aha moment!
I realised all I need to do in any moment is to practice the Truth!
That self honesty is the key to getting free of the old stories.
This understanding is vital because it’s the made up stories about ourselves and others which can create an illusion of separation, of feeling separate from the world.
Is it any wonder that we experience depression, anxiety and fear?
Consciously living is a wonderful experience
When you learn to stay in the present with what is, life takes on new meaning.
Ask yourself, “Am I present right now or not?” “Where have I gone?” “What’s got my attention right now?”
Don’t force it, let it happen naturally.
Let your current thoughts pass through your mind like clouds in the sky. They’re there but you don’t need to do anything about them. Then, slowly bring your attention back to the present.
This is a practice and like any practice the more you do it the better it is, then over time it becomes a habit.
Practice being where your hands are.
It’s an easy and quick way of bringing you back to the present.
Learn to challenge your thinking!
As long as we’re stuck in past regrets or future fears, we’ll remain separated, isolated and afraid of life and of living.
There is a different way to experience life!
I hope you’ll join us.
Please feel free to leave comments below. What’s your experience of Consciousness? I’d love to hear from you.
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