March 06, 2017 3 min read
I’m sure you want to become more conscious and happy, but what exactly does that mean? To become more conscious means that you experience your present moments with happiness and contentment instead of thinking about your past or worrying about your future. To become more conscious means to become more mindful of your inner life, your physical body, and your spiritual existence. It is essentially the awakening of the mind, body, and spirit.
I want you to think about what you have been thinking about for the last hour or so. Has your mind been thinking thoughts about work, kids, learning, what to make for dinner tonight, etc.? Have you taken a few moments to just sit still, take a deep breath, and enjoy life at this present time? Did you take a few seconds to extend gratitude for the breath entering and exiting your lungs? Most people simply do not live in the present being mindful of life and love.
Our spirits long for awakening
It seems people spend a lot of time trying to find fulfillment and happiness via external things. They try to experience joy based upon their jobs, partners, kids, money, status, and so on. The problem with trying to find joy in external things is that those things can change and so the joy you feel is only temporary. How many times have you thought to yourself “I’ll be happy when this happens or “I will feel content when I get that?” You get those things and feel great momentarily, but eventually that feeling wears off and you are left feeling unfulfilled again.
Our spirits long for awakening and it is up to us to wake them up by taking some time and effort to become more conscious or mindful of our inner life. The spirit is buried beneath layers and layers of things we have put there through the years, like childhood hurts, disappointments, failures, etc. It is up to us to peel back the layers one by one by concentrating on becoming more mindful of the present.
Meditation is key
The key to becoming more conscious or mindful is to take up meditation. If we continue to run around chasing happiness via outward means, we will continue to fall short. Meditation is an ancient art of getting quiet and learning how to quiet the thoughts that run rampant in the mind. It is an exercise that you can engage in to become more peaceful and happy. It allows you to peel back the layers of “junk” that hold you back from experiencing authentic happiness.
To meditate, it simply takes a little bit of your time and patience. I’m sure you know that thoughts are always spinning around your mind and it is oftentimes difficult to quiet those thoughts. Instead of sitting around enjoying peace and quietness of the mind, we tend to think about EVERTYHING from the past, present, and future. Try to stop your thoughts for one minute and you will find out quickly how difficult that task really is. This is why meditation is so important because meditating will help you to silence your thoughts for the most part.
Just do it
Take at least 10 minutes a day to start meditating and see what happens in your life. Find a quiet spot and sit down with legs crossed. You can actually sit or lie down wherever you wish to meditate. Take three deep breaths and let them out slowly. As you inhale, focus on the word “Spirit” and as you exhale, focus on the word “Peace”. Relax your entire body. As you continue to inhale and exhale, focus on the breath and continue to mentally assent to the words. As you focus on your breath, your other thoughts should not enter. If a random thought does enter, acknowledge it and then gently let it go as you get back to focusing on your breath.
If you do this every day for at least 10 minutes, you will begin to notice that you feel lighter and less stressed. Meditation has been proven to help with stress relief and has helped decrease depression, pain, and other minor physical ailments.
As you take up meditation, do your best to take some time throughout your day to be mindful of your surroundings and offer gratitude for your life. Notice the birds singing and the beautiful flowers that grow in your yard. Smile at every person you meet and know that you are becoming more conscious and spiritual little by little.
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