Why Conscious Living is your Greatest Lifehack

  • Stay curious: Whether its a strong emotion you have about something or an emotional trigger, ask yourself where does it come from? What is stuck beneath the surface that isn’t as apparent? Start peeling off the layers and you’ll find your answer.
  • Manage your thoughts: This may sound bizarre since most of are naturally given to believe that thoughts are uncontrollable, which is partly true but the good news is that you get to organise your thoughts depending on the kind of experiences you want. In other words, think or focus on the stuff you want to attract in your world. If you are perpetually thinking about all bosses being horrible, that is exactly what you will end up attracting. As the saying goes, energy flows where attention goes. Oh, and for the record- energy is all there is!
  • Refrain from blame and judgements- Change begins within. I learnt this the hard way but trying to fight or change things in your external environment or even people in your life is an endless battle and a lost one. Remember, you only have control over your own self and the sooner you realise it, the more time and energy you will save.
  • Shift your gears- When faced with failure on any front, take that as an opportunity for growth. We often get stuck in situations that don’t seem to be working which prolongs the process. The moment you surrender and know there’s a better plan en route, things will start to take shape. Another way I do this is also by asking myself ‘what’s right about this situation that I’m not getting? Just something as simple as shifting perception can make all the difference.
  • Release the resentments- Don’t we all just love holding on to grudges and resentments for the little things people do or don’t do. Well, we only end up harming ourselves by doing so, because the pain and anger we accumulate lead to illnesses and other health problems. To illustrate this further: A study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 explored the scientific outcomes for forgiveness with a cohort of participants who had suffered from emotional abuse and other traumatic experiences. It was observed that the participants’ willingness to partake in the act of forgiveness led to improved emotional health and elimination of psychological depression. Like in most cases though, forgiveness too starts with your self:
  • Drop the Ego- The only thing that can prevent you from truly becoming aware of yourself is your Ego. As far as my view is concerned, thinking that you ‘know it all’ is the death of your evolution. Sadly, what was meant to be used as ‘self-preservation’ only in times of threat seems to have become our normal way of survival.
  • Breatheee: I’ve grown up listening to my father always asking me to deep breathe, right from the age of two. I now, of course, understand the science behind it and for those of you who are left-brainers, taking long deep breaths incorporated with a daily meditation ritual releases happy chemicals such as Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphin (DOSE) among other ‘feel-good chemicals’. Needless to say, this dramatically relieves tension and sends an immediate signal to the brain to calm the eff down. So when in stress, pause and take a few long deep breaths!
  • Stay in Gratitude: No matter how difficult life may seem, there is always something for us to appreciate. All we need to do is just take notice. Rather than sit and complain about how inconveniently far your workplace is, think about your motive to get there every morning and perhaps even find interesting ways to kill your time in Delhi traffic. Whether it’s reading a book or listening to a podcast. This practice has definitely saved me from being cranky while on the road ha!

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