You may be asking yourself, so what IS consciousness ? According to Wikipedia, consciousness is: subjectivity; awareness; the ability to experience feelings; wakefulness; having a sense of selfhood; or the executive control system of the mind.

To put it bluntly: Wake up, it’s time to start living! Of course, you are living. But is it in a manner where you’re expanding or just existing, waiting for something bigger or better to happen? Or perhaps, you are doing what you’re “supposed to be doing” based upon unhealthy expectations? If this is so, then conscious living is absent from your soul’s radar. Often we are distracted by work, details, money, kids, family matters, relationship woes, schedule conflicts and the like. As our brains are racing around with all this stuff going on, we are racing through to reach the end of the day with few moments to reflect upon self. This is precisely the exact opposite of what conscious living and consciousness entails.

Much of  learning in life is determining what you don’t want , so you can choose more of what you do want. When you are  aware and focused you are applying your conscious self. The action behind fully embracing what you do want is living consciously. However, you have to genuinely believe in what you want so much that you set the clear intention and action behind it. So, before you decide to continue to overstretch yourself, perhaps it’s best to redefine what success means to you.

Most of us tend to compare our last success to a current one. This is a mind set that you can quickly change. Whether it’s parenting, a work project, a book you’re writing or building a new relationship, look at each endeavor with a fresh perspective. Release your old paradigm to create a new one; it can be done. Usually, there is some pain involved with letting go of the old, however, no pain, no gain. All is temporary and the new shall come in and prevail, if you are willing to allow it.

To allow for expansion of your paradigm, try these four thought-shifting questions in which you can expand your consciousness:

– Am I feeling good about taking on this new endeavor; will it allow me to grow?

– What else in my life will change and how will it effect my relationships, health, finances and lifestyle?

– When I set a new intention, is it with joy, excitement and burning desire?

– How do I envision my daily life with the intentional changes I make?

Set yourself up to dream and dream big You deserve the life you want to live!

TODAYS QUOTE: “The whole purpose of living in freedom is to enjoy the choices that you make in every successive moment of the present.” Deepak Chopra


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