What does it mean to live a conscious life? After all, being alive makes us conscious beings, right?
Well, not fully. Many of us wander through life doing what loved ones and society expect from us. On the other hand, living consciously is about stepping away from typical conventions and becoming the engineer of your own life.
In this article, you’ll learn how to recognize the contents of your consciousness and apply strategies to live more consciously.
Michael Beckwith On How To Unlock Your Consciousness
At Mindvalley’s A-Fest 2016 Mexico, Michael Beckwith shared a deep spiritual insight on the idea of consciousness.
In the 3-minute video above, Michael speaks to the A-Fest Tribe on going beyond conventional ideas of words to actually recognize what true identity and awareness are.
In the video, you’ll discover:
- How recognizing the difference between the world and the planet empowers us to understand the difference between your consciousness and the content of your consciousness;
- What consciousness can help you create (Hint: vibrating at the level of the “real you” will invite possibilities beyond what you can imagine);
- Why the moment you immerse yourself in your extraordinary work, you’ll begin to recognize the difference between identity and ever-expanding awareness.
Once you recognize the difference, you can become available to the inspiration that surrounds the world.
There is a difference between your consciousness and the content of your consciousness.
— Michael Beckwith
5 Effective Ways To Live More Consciously
What does it mean to live a truly conscious life?
Well, a huge part starts with heightening your self-awareness. By training yourself to see how you choose certain people, situations, and environments, you become more conscious about the life you lead. Here are five effective ways to live more consciously.
1. Ask yourself what you want
How often do you NOT have a preference? Do you know what you want to do for the next 10 years of your life?
Maybe it’s time to ask yourself what you want out of life. This is the key to living consciously. When you tell yourself you have a preference over something else, you turn your focus on attaining that exact thing.
For example, you might prefer traveling by plane rather than by train. So for your next holiday, you book a flight instead of buying a train ticket. These are simple preferences that make you more conscious about the things you want out of life. And the more you create what you want, the happier you can be.
2. Do what makes you happy
Instead of spending your time trying to please others, try to do things that make you happy. It’s fine to meet your personal obligations and the expectations of your work and family.
But after those fundamental obligations have been met, spend more time on simple activities that bring you more happiness and less stress. For example, go for a walk by yourself or read a book. Treat yourself to a weekend trip to a spa retreat all by yourself.
Knowing what makes you personally happy can help you take advantage of your time and free you from the expectations of others.
3. Learn to say no
Living consciously empowers you by giving you choices. Many of us are people-pleasers, so we spend a lot of time saying “yes” to what others want.
The greatest weapon for living a conscious life is learning to say no. If you don’t want to meet a particular person or do something that someone asks you to do, just say no. Allowing yourself to say “no” means you have more opportunities to say “yes!” to the things you really do want.
4. Be picky
Learn to be more selective about choosing your friends. Let go of the negative people in your life. Toxic relationships will only bring you down. Even when you try to fix a toxic relationship in your life, there’s a chance that it will only increase the conflict in your life.
And be picky about your food. You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” What you put in your body can change the outcomes you have. Eat food that is supportive of you.
5. Let go and forgive
Let go of past grievances and past attachments that did more harm than good. Forgive these people. You don’t have to call them up and tell them you forgive them. But consciously tell yourself you forgive them and let go of the reasons of why they hurt you in the first place.
Living consciously is all about acting in alignment with your understanding of yourself and others. Ultimately, living consciously will help you create the experience of life you were meant to have.
What did you take away from Michael Beckwith’s words? And what is your idea of consciousness?
Share it with the tribe in the comments below.