May 13, 2010

Living Consciously
Lately, the concept of being "conscious" or having a heightened awareness around my thoughts, words, actions are front and center. Whether it be choosing to buy in bulk, cooking more foods at home, driving less, walking more, riding the bus or talking directly to a person instead of emailing them over a disagreement is – living consciously. Being mindful of each situation and making the best choices possible has huge rewards and the potential for real long-term success in my life.

Many of my clients are on a journey of making lifestyle changes that involve being more conscious of their eating, sleeping and exercising habits. Some people make their choices based on what gives them immediate gratification rather than for their highest good. Often future consequences are ignored and excuses are justified or blamed on others instead of calling them by a more true name, reactions.

Lasting changes occur when people replace reactionary behavior with intelligent, mindful, conscious choices that come from a place of love – love of Self, love of others, love for the world. I encourage my clients to reflect on their lives and what is really important to them. I often ask them, how does your life choices fit within your values? And what are you willing to do to live the life you desire based on this love?

Living consciously begins with you –
  • Being more mindful in your everyday life
  • Establishing healthy boundaries
  • Making the best choices possible for your highest good
  • Being intentional with your actions
  • Giving yourself permission to slow down
  • Taking action that comes from the head and the heart
  • Moving forward in your life with increased awareness
Here is a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, "When mindfulness is there you are attentive to yourself, you are attentive to other people around you and understanding becomes possible, compassion becomes possible."

Imagine being in a state of perfect mindfulness that spills over into every aspect of your life – eating, driving, buying, recycling, exercising, cooking, relating, creating, rejuvenating, loving, being present and living. What does living consciously look like to you?

Let's explore that question together. Contact me for a free phone-based sample session.

With love,
Belen Carmichael, NLC
Life Coach
Certified Personal Trainer
belen.coach@gmail.com
303.437.3806

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