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CONSCIOUS LIVING

 
   

 

Please go to my 30 Steps to Conscious Living webpage for more free info on my book.

 

 

If you are in Oregon I am now offering Conscious Living & Mindfulness Workshops & Retreats through our new program Cascadia Educational Project.

   

What is Conscious Living ?

 

Many people are interested in living more meaningful lives in which their actions are based on ethical and compassionate principles and a larger awareness of life and our connection to the universe.  As life gets faster and the world gets closer through technological advancements, many people are trying to grasp with how they live their day-to-day lives in balance and harmony. Concepts such as sustainability, green business, organic food, energy efficiency, spirituality, equality, human & animal rights, well-being and non-violent action become more common and make up part of what I call Conscious Living.  Being "aware" of our thoughts & actions and framing this in a larger universal context is also an essential part of this philosophy.

 

 

Conscious Living, Well-Being & the Four Parts of Ourselves  

 

I like to utilize my Heath & Well-Being model to explain the importance of individual health & inner work to help us live a more Conscious Life. Change first starts within ourselves and occurs one small step at a time. We must work on our own health and well-being to become more compassionate, mindful and conscious. This positive inner transformation then spreads out to other people and to the larger world.

 

The Four Parts of Ourselves are - Mind, Body, Spirit & Emotions. It is essential that these Four Part of Us are equally nurtured if we are to be healthy, conscious and live in a state of well-being. When one is in balance and harmony with all parts - Mind, Body, Spirit & Emotion - then it is easier to be conscious, healthy and aware of our thoughts, actions and deeds. This makes us more compassionate people. The Buddhist concept of "mindfulness" is an important principle we can also borrow from. When one is conscious they are mindful of their thoughts and actions. This is also a state of health and well-being. There is also an essential universal energy or "5th Element" that connects us to the larger world and universe. This energy is important to be aware and mindful of when we are seeking to become more conscious (see my diagram & notes on the Four Part of Ourselves and my About Us webpage for more info).

 
Here are a few Concepts & Questions that deal with Conscious Living -

 

    How do we live ?   How do I live my life?  Do I live a mindful & aware life?

     

How do we help others by our choices & attitude? How do we hurt others?

 

How does my outlook & belief affect my life and the life of others?


What kind of products do I buy?  How do we use our money?

 

How do we treat other creatures and the environment?  How much do I need ?  How much is enough?

 

What kind of food do I eat ?  Is it healthy and sustainable?

 

How do I treat my body and mind?  How do I nurture my spirit ?

 

These are all important concepts and questions that many people are asking. And many are making choices based on these questions and more. These concepts need not be defined as liberal or conservative. They are based on evolution, awareness and sustainability...that it is time to ask questions about how we live our lives. That it is time to change certain behaviors and patterns and come up with new sustainable, healthy & conscious ways of living. 

 

THE CONCEPTS & STEPS OF AWARENESS   -

 

 

 

 

For education and simplicity I have also divided Conscious Living into Four Parts - Spiritual Awareness, Environmental Awareness, Social Awareness, and Health & Well-Being Awareness. Lets briefly look at each one of these.

 

Spiritual Awareness  - This is the foundation for Conscious Living. How do I live my life?  How does my outlook and belief affect my life and the life of others?  Why am I here?  To be spiritually aware is to be conscious. It is based on mindfulness - being aware of our thoughts and actions - how they affect ourselves and how they affect others. This is the basis for all of our awareness. This type awareness takes practice and focus. You don't have to be religious to be spiritual. ( see my "Note on Spirit" and "Energy - The Fifth Element Defined" for more info). There are many tools and techniques that are useful to your overall growth in this area of awareness. I will devote many articles to this subject as I think it is the basis for conscious & healthy living.

 

Environmental Awareness  - How do I live in a sustainable way? How do we treat other creatures and the environment? How much do I need?  How much is enough? This is an important subject that many people are becoming aware of. Many realize that the earth cannot sustain overconsumption and materialism. Nor can we keep polluting and poisoning our air and water. We need to nurture our natural resources and learn to live in balance. We need to learn to treat our other creatures with respect and guarantee them survival. We need to be aware of our effect on the Earth. When we do so, we find that we live in a more conscious and meaningful way.

 

Social Awareness  -  How do I treat others ? How do we help others by our choices & attitude? How do we hurt others? What kind of industry & business do we support?  When someone suffers because of our decisions we are, in some part, responsible. When our political establishment uses violence aimlessly and it causes unneeded suffering, we are responsible. When a child is abused, when someone homeless, when a person is hungry, we are responsible. This is not to put the guilt on each one of us, it is to show that our individual actions do affect other people. When we are conscious that our choices and attitudes affect other people then we simply make better choices. We learn to speak out. We learn to walk our talk.  We cannot solve all the world's problems, but we can do our little part in helping make it a better place for all. This is social awareness. It is consciousness is action.

 

Health & Well-Being Awareness - How do I treat my body and mind?  How can I live a healthier life? What kind of food do I eat ?  Is it healthy and sustainable?  When a person is healthy they see the world in a much better way. They are more conscious and aware. They operate with a stronger sense of clarity. When we strive towards eating well and keeping healthy, we are an outer reflection of conscious & healthy living. We are a model for others and we have the energy to help.

 

I am introducing these important concepts to you for three reasons:

 

1. To understand the importance of awareness on all levels of living (spiritual, environmental, social & health) 

2. To understand the importance of balance in health & well-being and how it relates to conscious living.

3. To give us a usable model to organize and learn from.

 

 

So Where Do We Start ?

 

 

 

 

First, Educate yourself and gain knowledge. Read my free Mental & Spiritual Well-Being Articles and see my list of recommended books that may help you. Also visit other websites on the subject. There is a lot of great info out there.

 

 

Second, check out my new book - '30 Steps to Conscious Living' - available in electronic or print version on Amazon.com. Go to my 30 Steps to Conscious Living webpage for more free info on my book.

 

 

 

Third, subscribe to my Free Mental & Spiritual Well-Being Articles. These articles will have valuable & useful information on Conscious Living, with a specific focus on Mental & Spiritual awareness.

 

 

Fourth, If you are in Oregon I am now offering Conscious Living Workshops & Retreats through our new Cascadia Educational Project. Please check out what we have to help you.

 

 

Please Contact Me with your questions. I offer free consultations and personal counseling to help you on your journey of conscious living.

 

 

To Conscious Living and the positive transformation of our world!

 

Brian Heater 




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