Sometimes days, weeks or even month go by without even realizing that you actually live. Your mind is so full of all the demands and needs and wants that you chase after every day, that there is no time left to stop for a moment of consciously experiencing yourself. Does that sound familiar to you?
What does that actually mean? On the one hand it means that you are in the here and now and experience life directly. You give your attention to what happens in front of you, especially to other people like your family and friends, which not only improves your but also their quality of life.
What’s the Reason for Un-Conscious Living?
I think the biggest reason why we live unconsciously is because we are having so much “noise” going on in our mind that we lose the ability to break through it. With “noise” I don’t only mean unnecessary or negative thoughts and emotions, no I mean the layer of thoughts and emotions – the mind – in general. Not in a negative sense, but simply in a sense of classifying everything that could cloud your consciousness.
Your consciousness flowers when you give it more space and more silence in your mind. “You are not your mind.” is the famous first chapter from Eckhart Tolle‘s “The Power of Now” and that’s something to realize.
Consciousness and Mind
The biggest obstacle to conscious living is the identification with your mind, which means with your thoughts and beliefs and on an even deeper level with your self-image. Maybe it is a bit strange to hear that because those are the things that define you in the world, right? And this is true.
I personally see the mind like the tool between spirit and physical reality. It is needed and good. In the beginning I had some troubles making sense of this potential conflict of mind and spirituality. But now it seems clear. You still use your mind and focus on your goals and on what you want to create, after all putting all of your attention on one thing only avoids being fragmented and creates clarity by itself. That is why flow can happen then.
But the difference is that you are aware of your conscious nature and you don’t lose yourself in your mind anymore. This is a big realization. The key is to build consciousness. So how can you do this?
How to Improve Conscious Living:
Live more in the Present. I know it is much easier said than done. But when you give your attention fully to what you do, especially with other people, and even more so with the people you value most, you are on your way already. Do what you do fully. If you work, work fully. If not, try to put your attention to what you do then.
Self-Reflection is a special way to remove roadblocks and break through to former unconscious thoughts and beliefs that limit you and hold you back. Self-reflection is also a great way to spend time with yourself only. You need some time in solitude to reflect. See my post on Self-Reflection: How to Do it Right.
Personal Development. I believe that any personal development you do with the intent to improve yourself is a step into the right direction. It will make you ask new questions and broaden your perspective on life and on your own role in it. This site is full of articles for personal growth, just start at the archive to find something that interests you further.
Meditation is the primer method to calming down the mind and increasing your consciousness. There are a lot of different courses and materials out there. I haven’t looked to endorse any of it yet, if you find something that you are convinced is really great, let me know in the comments.