Conscious Living

Written by Diana Kennedy, LMT

Earlier this year, following an intention to live more consciously, I deemed itrepparttar Year of Awakening. For me, I envision a lifetime of conscious living as I more fully awaken torepparttar 122083 spiritual being that I truly am. As a part of my spiritual journey, I love to look uprepparttar 122084 meanings of things to gain an even deeper understanding. This is what Webster’s Dictionary had to say aboutrepparttar 122085 word conscious: inrepparttar 122086 “moment”, in waking awareness, mentally perceptive, alert, subjectively knowing, intentional, deliberate, inwardly attentive, mindful, possessing knowledge, cognizant, knowing one's self, realizing and recognizing.

Wow, now that is a powerful definition! Who wouldn’t want to be conscious? Along with conscious living comes responsibility to act on our values and insights. We may experience emotional pain as we allow ourselves to feel what we’ve been stuffing down for years, but forrepparttar 122087 most part, living consciously is joyful, as we seerepparttar 122088 good in one another and trustrepparttar 122089 presence of a loving God unfolding in our lives perfectly.

In order to change old patterns and create greater consciousness in our lives it is important to make a daily practice that allows for a shift in awareness and thenrepparttar 122090 creation of new, improved patterns and habits can emerge. For those who know me, I am a ‘busy’ woman, yet I am learning to enjoy some downtime. I see how it is leading me to greater awareness in my life.

A part of my daily practice is to spend time inrepparttar 122091 stillness, inrepparttar 122092 quiet of my own mind. I spend time inrepparttar 122093 silence when I meditate, which I also call “basking”. It is there that I learn to have space between my thoughts. I listen to that inner voice and wherever it takes me is where I am willing go. I findrepparttar 122094 more I listen torepparttar 122095 spiritual guidance that I receive,repparttar 122096 smoother my life flows!

While spending time inrepparttar 122097 silence, I release my prayers and go over in my mind all that I am grateful for. My heart is filled with appreciation as I review in my mindrepparttar 122098 many ways that I am blessed. If there is any resentment or forgiveness work to do, I take care of this too, while my inner being is quiet and focused onrepparttar 122099 goodness of God.

Adages for the New Year

Written by Sam Stevens

The old familiar adages just don't do it for me any more. For instance, consider "the early bird getsrepparttar worm." In this age of freelancing, premature ejaculation and peaking too early in one's career (by age 24) a more appropriate adage might be "The early bird dies earlier." Another one that has been puzzling me lately is "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.' Sure it does ifrepparttar 122082 woman is staying up late cleaningrepparttar 122083 house and taking care ofrepparttar 122084 kids after working a full day atrepparttar 122085 office. Not only isrepparttar 122086 adage sexist but it also doesn't make any sense. Most people who work these hours slave at low paying jobs with little chance at advancement. Shouldn't it read, "Early to bed, early to rise, makesrepparttar 122087 corporation I slave for wealthy and wise?” "The doors of wisdom are never shut." This also should be revised to read, "The doors of a 24 hour Drug or Convenience Store are never shut." It is more truthful. Another migraine-maker is "You reap what you sow." Now whether this is supposed to apply to gardening or whatever, we know this is not true. Many individuals slave for years on projects that don't pay off, couples copulate to try and have babies with no result and people sow wheat allrepparttar 122088 time only to have it destroyed by frost or rainstorms. In these hard times, doesn't a saying such as "You reap what is available" make much more sense? Also problematic isrepparttar 122089 ultimate adage about being sweet -- you "attract more flies with honey." The trouble with this kind of "honey" is it also attracts other creatures such as raccoons, bears and others that would rape you of your charms. Also I am very suspicious of charming people. Often they want to borrow money from you or some other favour. I think it should be changed to "Beware those bearing gifts of honey, as they probably want bread." I also have a problem with "He who laughs last, laughs best." I think that should be changed to "He who laughs last, laughs alone." Nobody likes a joke at his or her expense.

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