So many people experience life as if it is happening to them and they are simply having to go along for the ride. This can be overwhelming and many of my clients state that they feel like things are out of control or they feel constantly stressed or powerless. Others feel they are not happy with how things are but they simply do not know how it can be different.
Stress is caused by the meaning we give to our experiences and the circumstances we find ourselves in. We all prescribe different meaning to different situations/experiences depending on our past experiences, beliefs and attitudes. When one is reacting to life instead of proactively choosing how to live life the experience will be a stressful one.
Conscious living involves being aware of how we shape our reality through our constant thoughts and beliefs about reality. It also involves being aware of when we are stressed so we can do something about it without switching to unconscious default coping/defense mechanisms like staying really busy to avoid dealing with the difficulty or simply escaping through various means.
Conscious living is about seeing how our past has impacted on the meaning we give the present experience and choosing to change that meaning if it is not beneficial. Conscious living is about choosing a lifestyle that involves awareness of what causes one to become more stressed – including nutrition, communication styles, time management.
Furthermore, conscious living is the awareness of our body and mind connection, our spiritual being and our connection to others and the bigger picture.
I wish to share what I have learned about living consciously. I would like to share with others the tools that have helped me to become the person I am now. I love to assist people on a one-to-one basis but now really want to make what I have learned available to more people. I truly hope that this blog will be of value to others in some small way or maybe even a big way!
DISCLAIMER: This blog is not a stand-in for therapy. If you feel that your depression or anxiety is interfering with your ability to function on a daily basis – affecting work, school or relationships – then please seek professional help.