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The Basics: What is Consciousness?

The Basics: What is Consciousness? - The Art of Living Consciously

  If we want to live a more mindful, peaceful, and joyful life, it’s important to first learn what we’re aiming for. I call this way of thinking and living “consciousness.” When we first embark on this path, it’s useful to learn what consciousness actually IS and what it looks like in our lives when…

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Conscious Living is Not the Same as Being Passive

Conscious Living is Not the Same as Being Passive - The Art of Living Consciously

  One common misconception I frequently hear about conscious living is that it is passive, selfish, or that it makes us complacent. Often, when we hear about consciousness or conscious living, we think of a bearded, half-starved monk sitting in lotus pose on a mountain top, far away from the rest of the world and…

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How to Have a Healthy Romantic Relationship

  I probably don’t have to tell you this, but romantic relationships are some of our most challenging relationships.  Why?   Partly because you choose your romantic partner. You don’t choose your parents or siblings or neighbors, but you choose your partner. And the way you choose your partner is not so straightforward as it might…

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6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat

6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat - The Art of Living Consciously

When was the last time you took a retreat? I don’t mean a vacation or a day off. I mean an actual retreat where you focus on your personal growth and spirituality. No idea what I’m talking about? We get so distracted with daily living; kids, jobs, a broken dishwasher, remembering to send birthday cards…the…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 2

How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 2

  In the previous article, we discussed the difference between consciously accepting feedback and unconsciously reacting to feedback. But what if you feel the feedback is truly harsh? What if you feel insulted? What if you feel it’s unfair?   Now that you’ve learned the basics of consciousness around feedback, let’s put that to the test…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 1

How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 1 - The Art of Living Consciously

  You were just given some negative feedback, and you’re feeling defensive.  Maybe your boss didn’t like a project you submitted, or your spouse criticized the way you’re dressed, or your mother disapprovingly commented on the way you’re raising your children.   What do conscious vs unconscious responses look like?  This reminds me of Goofus and…

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Living Fearlessly Podcast Interview

Living Fearlessly Podcast with Lisa McDonald - The Art of Living Consciously

  Living Fearlessly Last week, I had the honor of being interviewed by Lisa McDonald of the Living Fearlessly podcast. Please, take some time to listen and enjoy our discussion. I hope you’ll find it enlightening and encouraging!   You’ll Discover: How and why my journey toward living consciously began The key aspect I believe…

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How to Give Positive Feedback

How to Give Loving Feedback - The Art of Living Consciously

  In my last post, we discussed how to determine whether feedback is warranted. This alone can make a huge difference in improving relationships! So, let’s say you’ve determined that giving feedback in a situation makes sense. How do you deliver it in a kind, loving way? Take ownership of what you’re saying Understand that…

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The Art of Conscious Feedback

The Art of Conscious Feedback - The Art of Living Consciously

  “Don’t care what anyone thinks about you!”  Have you heard advice like that? I have, and I think it is an absurd notion. After all, we are social beings. We are wired to care what others think of us.  However, “Care only about what others think about you!” is an equally absurd notion.  So,…

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How To End The Comparison Game

How To End The Comparison Game - The Art of Living Consciously

  When was the last time you compared yourself to someone else?   If you’re like most of us, the answer is probably “a few minutes ago.”   Social media is a huge part of our lives right now, and because of this we’re more likely than ever to compare ourselves to others. Our Instagram and Facebook…

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