(Health Secrets) Would you like to live in the now and get more out of your life? It’s never too late to make a new choice or reverse your life’s direction. One way to live a more enriched life is to be conscious of what you’re doing at every moment — to live in the now. This way, you stay connected with your behavior and feelings. Here’s an example: You’ve decided to begin making healthier food choices. You make a promise to yourself to eat less junk food and consume more veggies. But two hours later, you suddenly realize you’re sitting in front of the television, with a piece of pizza in hand. You failed to live in the now.
Now imagine the same scenario, yet this time you behave differently. You spend some time thinking about how to ensure you avoid unhealthy choices. You decide to clean out your pantry removing all temptations. At dinner, you smile to yourself as you prepare to eat a bowl of berries first, then a salad, and a small portion of baked chicken with veggies. This second scenario demonstrates the concept of living a conscious life. Knowing what you want, choosing how you spend your time, and staying in touch with your feelings are indicators of a conscious life. The person in this scenario is able to live in the now.
There are many techniques you can implement to help you purposely, deliberately, and intently live the way you want to. When you live deliberately, you’re no longer a victim of the wind, being blown about this way and that way by the circumstances of your life. You can create the life you desire with conscious living. You become a deliberate creator!
Try these ideas to get you started and inspire you on your journey:
1. Create the life you want one choice at a time. Roman wasn’t built in a day and small steps pave the way to powerful results.
* Spend some time exploring what you already love about your life.
* Investigate what you would like to change.
* Think about how you can make deliberate choices to create the life you desire.
2. Seek balance in your life. For example, if you disagree with someone, take time to consider the other person’s side of the argument. Give up always having to be right!
* Allow yourself to change you mind and let someone else be “be right”.
3. Live in the now, in the present moment. You’ve most likely heard this suggestion before. But what does it really mean to live in the now? Consider this example:
While your are having dinner with your spouse, think about only what he is saying and enjoy you conversation and dinner together. Avoid thinking about what you want to pick up at the store, or trying to recall what else you have to do this week. Just stay in the present moment with your spouse and focus on what the two of you are doing.
4. Know who you are. Awareness of your likes and dislikes is important to intentional living.
* Decide what is important to you. Discover what makes you tick, what drives you, and what you find inspiring.
* Self-understanding is an integral part of living life consciously because if you know your preferences and motivations, you can then create circumstances that will enable you to accomplish your goals.
5. Live your own truth. Gravitate toward friends who don’t judge you and go out of their way to make you feel more comfortable. Stay true to your beliefs!
* When you live your truth, you stay faithful to what’s genuinely and intrinsically important to you.
6. Learn to let go of negativity and the need to control everyone and everything:
* Conserve your emotional energy for what you actually can change, which is yourself and your own life. Now that’s conscious living!
7. Take action. Become interested and involved in the goals you have set. Put effort into achieving those objectives and you’ll be well on the road to living in the NOW.
Changing how you live your life can be an ongoing challenge. Selecting just one of the above ideas and putting it into practice will help you begin you journey toward deliberately creating a life you love. Living life consciously will bring you the healthier, more joyful existence you desire and deserve.