The phrase ‘conscious living’ has its roots in Buddhism, but has been adopted by many to mean acting mindfully and intentionally in every aspect of your life; this can be emotionally, physically or mentally. You can apply the idea of conscious living to your life in so many ways, it’s about understanding that every action deserves a conscious decision, from what you eat to the clothes you wear.
Seven tips for conscious living
Lynn Rossy, PhD, outlines her seven ways to live more consciously in today’s modern world:
Spend 10-20 minutes a day meditating. There are tons of meditation apps like Insight Timer that can help you get started. This will help you be present for the rest of the day.
Know what you’re putting into your mouth. Ask yourself the questions: What am I eating? Where did it come from? Why am I eating it? Is this food that my body wants and needs?
Drive slower. Not only will you feel more relaxed when you drive slower, but you will get less impatient with others. In addition, think of the gas you’ll save. Notice your surroundings and enjoy the view.
Recycle. Bottles, cans, paper, and plastic can all be recycled and used again. But you can recycle almost anything, even your car!
Listen better. How much of the time do you truly listen to another person without thinking about what you’re going to say or asking questions? Just listen until you know the other person has finished talking.
Speak with words that are kind and true. Even in the difficult conversations, you can choose to be kind and say what is “true” from your experience without blaming and condemning another. Mindful communication is difficult. This is a good place to start.
Watch what you’re spending. It is so easy to get caught up in the consumer culture. The next time you are ready to pull out the credit card, stop and ask yourself if this is something you really want and need. You can even wait a couple of days to see if you still want the item.