Here we are. Second day, second post. Woohoo! Now let’s hope I can stay consistent and post daily, though I’m not making any promises. I’m going to try to keep these thoughts as organized and succinct as possible and hopefully stick to one or two subjects per post. Fair enough? Great!
In the next five-ish posts, I am going to be introducing what I believe to be the most important aspects of conscious living. These five-ish subjects will hopefully serve as fundamental building blocks for the foundation of a sustainable, kind, and happy lifestyle. I’m not going to claim that any of this is 100% true, but it’s how I’ve found happiness and purpose. Let’s get to it.
The most basic value of a conscious lifestyle is awareness, AKA *consciousness*. We can’t hope to achieve anything good and worthwhile without first being truly aware, and by “truly” aware, I mean actually researching and understanding the laws of life and how much we don’t understand. Once this is realized, we can better understand the world around us and act accordingly, and once equipped with the necessary knowledge, we can pursue our cause with confidence and passion knowing that we hold the most powerful tool on the planet, awareness.
Being aware of facts and aspects of the physical realm is one thing, but emotional and spiritual awareness is just as, if not more, important. In fact, emotional awareness, also known as sympathy and empathy, is the most basic value of conscious living. Ever heard the phrases “to put yourself in someone else’s shoes” and “see the world from someone else’s perspective”?
We need to see the world from other beings’ perspectives in order to form relationships. We rejoice with those who rejoice and cry with those in sorrow. It’s how relationships have been and always will be maintained, and for most, sympathy and empathy have helped form more than just human relationships. Emotional awareness is the reason we can love animals as much as we do. It’s the reason we feel sad when a forest is cleared and homes are destroyed, and it’s the reason I’m writing this very blog right now. Without it, I wouldn’t care that billions of animals are being pointlessly slaughtered every day, and I certainly wouldn’t care that our world is undergoing destruction on such a massive scale as it currently is. It helps us realize our purpose, and the realization of that purpose is what I call “spiritual awareness”.
Spiritual awareness can be defined differently depending on the individual, but to me, it’s simply purpose and passion. My purpose comes from the thought of leaving a legacy and bettering as many lives as possible. Someone else may have a different idea of what spiritual awareness is, but it all comes down to the same idea, which is living a life with meaning and finding a way to cope with the fact that we all die. As sad as it is, it’s the truth, and it can be beautiful if we allow it to be. We get the opportunity to live a life how we decide, and we can decide to live with good intentions. We can save lives and make other lives better through our own actions. How great is that?
Once we understand our purpose, we start to develop a sense self-awareness, which is the ability to know ourselves, understand what we stand for, and live a life accordingly. I honestly believe each being possesses a natural beauty that can only be manifested once we know who we really are.
In my opinion, every living being carries a soul that allows a capacity to love, be happy, and feel sympathy and empathy, but we become so lost in a million other unimportant things that we forget these simple ideas and lose sight of what really matters, which is caring for our planet and the other living beings on it. So I encourage all of us to choose love, actively pursue knowledge, and find our purpose. Be aware. The world is counting on us.