What is conscious living?

Consciousness is the new buzz word. People talking about being "woke" and paying lip service to conscious living, environmental responsibility and social justice among other trendy causes. 

But consciousness is no fad. In fact, becoming conscious is part of why we are here. It is part of our collective purpose. 

So, how do you practice living consciously? What does it look like to bring consciousness into your everyday life? To really live it?

As we move through our days, it's easy to get a form of tunnel vision focused on our to-do lists, responsibilities and obligations. Moving so quickly to the next task that we don't even remember completing the last one. 

Ever left the house only to be plagued by thoughts such as: "Did I close the garage?" "Did I leave the curling iron on?" "Did I lock the front door?" These types of questions reveal moments of unconsciousness. Moments when we are going through the motions on autopilot. 

Beyond mantras and mala beads, meditation and medicinals, conscious living is about bringing mindfulness and meaning into every moment of our day - or at least as many as possible. It's about being fully present with ourselves and others; being aware and tending to our feelings and emotions; being honest about our needs and desires; and ultimately healing the world through healing ourselves.  

Conscious living is about doing our part to make the world a better place by first taking personal responsibility for our own little corner of the world through our thoughts and deeds. It's about walking our talk and being love in action. 

Together we'll explore practices for being more present and creating more consciousness in our lives. Not every tool will work the same for every body. You may gravitate to the stillness of traditional forms of meditation or you may find yourself more drawn to moving meditations such as yoga or tai-chi. On the other hand you may not believe mediation is for you at all. Not to worry, we've got plenty of options for you to choose from.

At the end of the day, conscious living will make way for more of what you want in your life. It will make way for more of what you want to see in the world. And most importantly it will make way for more peace and purpose in your life.

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Healing the scars on your heart

A couple years ago, someone close to me went through a procedure to correct Afib – Atrial Fibrillation – a form of irregular heartbeat. To correct this, the surgeon literally goes into the heart and creates scars on the heart tissue to interrupt the wayward electrical pattern that is generating the short circuit that is causing the…
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This doesn’t have to happen

I’ve never been one to follow trends just because and I’ve never once bought a Kate Spade product but I certainly knew who she was. I was in a conference room full of women last week when we heard the news of Kate Spade taking her own life. We stopped what we were doing and…
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Do you feel that?

I’m having one of those mornings. Ever since I woke up this morning, I’ve been crying. Not nonstop but consistently. I’ve written about this before but it bears repeating. Before I go on, I want you to stop and become aware of any judgements or conclusions you may have unconsciously made about my tears –…
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The Truth about Enlightenment

Chances are you’ve heard the word enlightenment before. In spiritual circles there is plenty of talk about reaching “enlightenment.” This is supposed to be the end game, the finish line, proof that one has “arrived.” But do you really know what enlightenment means? The modern dictionary defines enlightenment as “to give intellectual or spiritual light…
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Dead tree in desert light

What I learned from a week by myself in the desert

Last week, I was in the Mojave Desert all by myself. I don’t say alone because I was there! 😉 I kicked off the week by attending a one day retreat with my writing mentor, Rachel Resnick (more to share about this fabulous woman in the near future!). Six days later I was scheduled to…
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I could watch this a million times and it wouldn’t be too much

There are some movies that are just so special I could watch them again and again. What is it that makes one watch of a movie entertaining but enough while watching another over and over will never diminish the satisfaction you get? That answer is different for everyone and it’s not simply the genre, the…
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Celebrate the Light

This is the most wondrous time of year…. Not because of the gift giving, the decoration or the food – although those are all pretty wonderful as well 😉 The true wonder of this season is the connecting thread of all winter holidays that seems to go largely unnoticed. Whether you celebrate the Solstice, Christmas,…
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It’s a little harder to celebrate this year……

It’s Thanksgiving here in the US. I’m finding it a but harder to celebrate this year. But not because there is nothing to be thankful for. I grew up in the mid Atlantic region of the East coast. Given that we walked the same earth as the original colonists, I imagine that we may have…
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When to stay silent and when to speak up

In the wake of the election results, I’ve been silent. It’s not because I don’t have anything to say though. I just needed some time to let it settle within me. Until now there was not space in my schedule to allow for that. It was time to stay silent and now it’s time to speak…
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Should I “Push Through” or “Go with the Flow”?

I don’t know about you but my days are often filled with moments were I have to choose between forwarding my agenda or going with the flow. We all deal with this in small ways everyday. Going with the flow can look like letting that car go in front of us, deferring to where our partner wants to go to dinner, allowing our friend who needs to talk monopolize the conversation. No big deal, right?
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Slowing Down to Speed Up

  Generally when you have a lot going on, a list of things to accomplish and maybe even looming deadlines, it seems only natural even in the face of potential overwhelm that we feel the need to “push through.” A couple of months ago, while in the midst of preparing to start enrollment in our…
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