How many of us move through our days in a state of virtual unconsciousness?  How many times in the course of the last week, month, year, decade, have you said to yourself  “Just put your head down and get through it.”?  (By the way, the last time I did that was yesterday, on the way to Job #2.)

There seem to be two levels of what I’ve taken to calling Conscious Living- let’s take it from micro to macro, shall we? 

The first – the micro-concept – is what I referenced above – a day-to-day sense of what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how it contributes to the universe. 

The second, the macro-concept, plays with what path you are on in your life, and whether you consciously chose that path, or have consciously stayed on that path.

These are huge thoughts, thoughts that are difficult to wrap your brain around because they are so vast.  You can praise or fault yourself based on these concepts, though doing either will do no good whatsoever.   When looking at your life from these perspectives, it’s important to be non-judgemental, loving and accepting of yourself as wholly as possible.

Before I go further, let me insert the caveat that all these opinions are mine and no one else’s.

Daily Conscious Living:  This is more than just having a good time, although that’s part of it, because whatever forces have put you in this life at this time are loving forces that want you to enjoy yourself, as well as learn.

If you are living consciously, you have an awareness of spirit, of how your actions and the outside forces that can influence your life make you feel. Consequently, you choose how you are going to react to those forces.  We all seem to have set of knee-jerk responses that we use when we’re not living consciously.  Taking the extra ten seconds – even while it’s going to the bathroom or going through the car wash – to think about how you are reacting to little things, and perhaps choosing to react differently (which makes it an action, not a reaction) is a huge step towards conscious daily living.

In addition, daily Conscious Living involves understanding how you contribute to the planet, the universe, the energetic forces of which everything is composed.  (Sounds awfully woo-woo, doesn’t it?)

When you’re overwhelmed or overtaxed with things to do, it’s easy to fall into a self-pity mode – all these little bullshit things I have to do, and nobody cares or appreciates them, unless I DON’T do them, and then I catch hell, and none of those things really matter anyway. That way of thinking is self-destructive and self-fulfilling at the same time.  That’s also when I get into the bull-with-lowered-head mode.

But again, taking that part of your brain that can, when you’re driving, you can look at the road ahead, the rearview mirror and the side view mirror in a microspan, and that sequence of actions keeps you (theoretically) safe on the road, and put a different spin on all of those little things that seem so unimportant, you can see where those things really ARE important – even if it’s just important in keeping your life going smoothly.  If you take that perspective, look at those small tasks, you’ll find that yes, there is some value, or NO THERE ISN’T – at which point you can make a choice about keeping that task, discarding it, offloading it, or changing your attitude about it. 

Did that make sense? Interesting, huh?

It’s all about conscious choices that have root in attitude and perspective, and which translate into actions and life choices.

If you can walk away from your day, saying “I accomplished something,” you’re on your way to conscious daily living.  Ralph Waldo Emerson (maybe) said:

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

The Transcendentalists did a good job of summing up my feelings about daily Conscious Living.

Tomorrow, we’ll cover the concept of Conscious Living for Whole Life.  Unless I get ambitious and feel I need to accomplish something else tonight.