I have been thinking about this concept a lot lately and I have been trying to define it. At first, it sounded kind "woo woo", hippie-ish and a frankly, little too much. But it kept coming back to me and finally, I came to this...
Conscious living is simply about living in a thoughtful manner. Understanding that our actions (and even thoughts) also affect our environment and those around us.
For me, this really comes back to every day life and taking responsibility for myself while keeping kindness at the forefront. It's so easy to operate on auto-pilot and to buy or act out of convenience because that's what's readily available and what we know. But, what if we took a few extra seconds to think, and maybe make a different decision if a kinder outcome is a possibility. How would that affect my life?
If I don't pick that up, who else has to?
If I don't wash my own dishes, who does?
What happens to the recycling I put in the bin? Do I NEED to rinse it first?
Where did this steak come from?
Everyday we are presented with choices that not only mean something to us, but to others. Kinder actions equal kinder outcomes and ultimately, a happier life. That's why I am "consciously" taking it upon myself to think a little more before I act, be a little more thoughtful in the things that I buy and come from kindness more often than I come from frustration. We're all human, and we're all in this together. What we do, what we say, what we buy and what we give matters - more than we will ever know.
So as you go on with your day, think about how you might be able to include a little extra "conscious living"- and let me know what happens.