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in the previous post, i shared what is conscious living and how you can use it to live a life that works for you. in this post, i share the 7 areas of life where living consciously can help you do just that.
in the context of conscious living, i believe there are 7 areas of life you need to focus on, to live the life that works for you. below, i’ll be sharing those areas and what it means to live consciously in those areas.
7 key areas of life to practice conscious living in
1. living consciously in the area of self
this is the foundational area of life. as the name suggests, this area has everything to do with us — be it within (our thoughts, feelings) or without (words, actions- which are nothing but the physical manifestation of our thoughts and feelings.).
this area is about introspection. this is where you discover yourself, what you want, what your goals are; you learn who you are, what you like/dislike, what works for you, what doesn’t, what are your strengths and weaknesses.
this is where you define terms like happiness, success, etc, for yourself — based on which you will create a life that work for you.
knowing yourself will impact each and every decision of your life, whether you’re choosing a career or a life partner.
knowing yourself could be the key difference between living the life that works for you or not.
2. living consciously in the area of time
“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once”Lillian Dickson
time is the arguably the most valuable currency.
we are always trading time for something or the other.
we trade time to study/gain knowledge,
we trade time for entertainment,
we trade time for health,
we trade time for work / make money, and so on.
you are your trading time right now to read this blog. (PS we are grateful for your time and we do hope you get some value in exchange :))
if we lose money, we can still make it back, but time — once gone, it’s gone.
where you invest your time determines the kind of life you live. that is why it is extremely important to invest your time consciously. be intentional with your time, be purposeful.
to enjoy doing what you’re doing and to increase productivity, be present. give your 100% focus and attention to whatever you’re doing at that moment. read 6 ways to stay present in the moment here.
3. living consciously in the area of money
money is, of course, another crucial currency. one cannot survive without money. we all need money for our basic survival needs such as food, shelter, clothes, etc., let alone everything else that we desire
no matter where you are right now financially, thinking about and acting consciously with money can help you get where you wish to go faster.
it is not always about how much money you make, it is about what you do with the money you make.
“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”Dave Ramsey
wagner’s law states that public expenditure rises constantly as income growth expand.
so, if you’re a habitual “spender”, making 10x more money won’t make you a “saver” unless you choose to do so.
choosing to manage money as per our financial goals is a conscious act and will help you design the life that works for you!
4. living consciously in the area of health
what good is wealth if we can’t enjoy it with our full health? #notjusaskin
“full” health takes into account both, our physical and mental health!
“health is the crown on the well person’s head that only the sick person can see. when we are young, we sacrifice our health for wealth and when we grow old and wise we realize what’s important – and become willing to sacrifice all our wealth for one day of good health.”robin sharma
health is a crucial area in living the life that works for you.
your choices/habits determine the kind of health you enjoy.
consciously take on those habits that work for you and your physical and mental health.
5. living consciously in the area of sensory diet
by sensory diet, i mean what you are consuming as a whole being — physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. what you are consuming through all of your senses.
food is just one aspect of what you consume — extremely important for survival, yes, it is one part of what you consume nonetheless.
except for food, you are also consuming what you listen to (friends, family, music, news, sounds of nature, sounds of engineering, etc), watch (movies, shows, news, videos), read (books, magazines, social media). you take in aromas, energies, and so on.
get present to what all you’re consuming.
your environment is stronger than your will-power. create an environment that supports you in your needs and wants — more on this here
if you are, for example, committed to positivity then consume positive content, be it through social media, books, audio, etc.
unfollow/mute/stop engaging with that which doesn’t fulfill your purpose. listen to positive songs/podcasts, read positive text. look for “good” news. surround yourself with positive people (online and offline)
create an environment that helps you live a life that works for you.
6. living consciously in the area of relationships
according to a study conducted by Harvard (one of the longest studies ever conducted spanning over 75 years and still going on), good relationships keep us happier and healthier. you can watch the ted talk on the same here
“you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”Jim Rohn
your vibe attracts your tribe and your tribe affects your vibe!notjussayin
choose your tribe, choose who you spend your time with.
choose to hang out with people who you want to be like, who have similar goals, who get the best out of you, who motivate you, inspire you, make you feel good about yourself, add value to your life.
your tribe plays a huge role in you living the life that works for you.
7. living consciously in the area of environment
i am left in awe every time i think about the earth and how everything seems to works seamlessly. the whole ecosystem of plants, animals, all kinds of life present on this planet, all the natural events, etc., are all connected and causing each other all the time.
we are part of that ecosystem. we are made of the same energy.
living consciously, in terms of the environment means being aware of your carbon footprint. being aware of the impact of your actions on the planet.
these 7 areas cover pretty much all of our life. living consciously in these 7 areas of life will allow you to live a life that works for you.
i’ll be expanding on each of the above-mentioned areas in the coming posts.
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tips & resources
before closing this post, i highly recommend you read the two books mentioned below if you want to practice conscious living and adopt new habits, consciously!
- mindfulness by ellen j langer: this book will set you on the path of conscious living. after reading this, you will begin to get present to what you are doing and the decisions you are making (consciously and unconsciously).
- no excuses!: the power of self-discipline by brian tracy: we do need self-discipline to consciously put new habits into place and this book will help you do just that in all areas of life
the more you practice living consciously, the better you become at it, and the easier it will be for you to live a life that works for you!
i hope this post added value.
feel free to share your thoughts, and reach out should you want to know more ?
have an amazing day, and take care!