The truth is we’ll all be dying in a moment. When you look back at your life so far, how quickly has it gone by? Long and drawn out, or has the time gone by in the snap of your fingers? At death’s door most people say: “My life went by in a flash.” Why? […]
Lose Your Mind
Lose Your Mind and Come To Your Senses
For centuries sages have taught that to be filled you must be empty. To be empty
is not a state of nothingness. Far from it. It is a space of reception, anticipation and willingness to become more alive, aware and in touch——to Live Conscious.
Through Sensory Awareness we learn to use our senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell rather than our minds. Shutting off the flow of internal mind chatter allows us to “be in touch” with what is present in this moment now so that everyday activities become fascinating. The ordinary becomes extraordinary and the mundane becomes magical.
Becoming aware of our food as we eat allows us to more fully taste it. The smell of a spring rain, the sound of a child’s laughter, the touch of a loved one, the blue of the sky all take on deeper and more profound meaning when we are aware of them. When we are aware of ourselves.
This is one of the jewels Live Conscious offers people. We practice a practical yet profound form of meditation. One that heightens our sense of self and our place within the world by shutting off the relentless barrage of distractions that keep us from fully experiencing the thrill of simply being alive.
With that heightened sense our breath and our pace slow down, we begin to act with purpose. We begin to be more present throughout the day. Our autopilot shuts off, we get in touch with how we feel, and we begin to know and appreciate ourselves and the lives we are creating each moment.
For many of us life seems far too short. The moments zoom by. We react rather than reflect. We ask ourselves “where did it all go?” Live Conscious help us stretch our timeline by helping us become more aware and present in everything we do. With that practice we may not only add years but make those years richer, more rewarding and ultimately more pleasurable so that we can get in touch with our joy and feel more alive than we ever have.
“One way to practice is one step at a time one breath at a time.” – Shunryu Suzuki
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living […]
BACK TO THE FUTURE Yesterday I wore my NOW watch all day long. This watch was a gift from my husband, Jake, on Valentines Day. The only thing on it’s face is the word NOW—a timely reminder to focus on NOW. BUT NOW IS NOT ALWAYS AN EASY PLACE TO BE Right now I have […]
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For nearly ten years, I was a student of meditation. Two or three times a year I immersed myself in the practice, for week-long intensives. Before each new Zen ‘sesshin’, as they were called, or Vipassana retreat, I struggled with whether to take the time out of my life, my work, parenting, diminish my bank […]
How to achieve peace We recently received a request for help from a man who was frustrating himself with not being able to maintain a peaceful state of mind. He was sick of the rollercoaster he found himself riding on a daily basis. At times he would find himself feeling centered and calm and feel […]
Our way to practice is one step at a time, one breath at a time. Shunryu Suzuki […]
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