April 1, 2008 · Print This Article
Conscious Living Promotes Your Health and the Health of Others
What is Conscious Living?
Conscious living is living your life in the light of awareness. It means making decision in alignment with your personal and spiritual beliefs while actively striving to create balance, harmony and sustainability in your personal life, and in the world.
Meditation naturally leads to conscious living. Through meditation, you’ll begin to feel connected to everything around you. As this sense of connection grows, we begin to realize that everything we do impacts our lives, and the lives of those around us. As our awareness expands, we naturally begin to make decisions that take into account not just our personal happiness, but also considers the bigger picture of what effect our decisions are having on the world. This is the beginning of conscious living.
But don’t worry; I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. That decision is entirely up to you. But I will share some ideas with you that may inspire you to live a more conscious and aware life.
Even WalMart has organic food (which is a little bit scary), but it shows you the importance of the organic movement in America.Eating organic food is a choice for personal health, due to the lack of pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals used on conventional food. But it’s also a choice for long-term sustainability. If we keep poisoning the land and water with toxic chemicals used on our crops, what will be their effect on our future health and the health of our children?
Choosing to eat organic food is expensive, so of course, the monetary cost must be weighted against the environmental impact for each individual.
Meat eaters versus the vegetarians
Who will win? Spiritual masters have been touting the importance of a vegetarian diet for 4000 years. According to these spiritual traditions and the medicine of Ayurveda, a vegetarian diet is satvic, meaning it produces illuminating and pure qualities within you, while eating meat is rajasic, meaning it creates mental disturbance and can lead to disease.
Swami Sivananda, a great meditation teacher, says, “A vegetarian diet can produce supreme powers of both body and mind and is highly conducive to divine contemplation and the practice of yoga.”I experimented with being a vegetarian for 3 years. Although I acknowledge the importance of eating meat personally, being a vegetarian showed me that eating meat truly changes our body chemistry. I can tell a huge difference in my body odor, my digestion and my excrement when I eat meat as compared to a purely vegetarian diet. When I was suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, following a vegetarian diet definitely had a positive effect on my health and taught me how food affects how we feel physically, as well as effecting our mental and emotion state.
Vegetarianism also taught me to have reverence for the death of the animal I am eating, which gave its life to provide me with sustenance.
If you’re serious about your health, or about making progress on the spiritual path, learn more about becoming a vegetarian to decide if it’s right for you.
Are toxic chemicals affecting your health?
Think about all your cleaning products. What kinds of poisons and toxins are we polluting the environment with each time we clean our toilet, use a paper towel or do the laundry? Who knows what affect these things are having on your health and the health of your family. Of course, those toxins are affecting us, but it’s not enough to be concerned with what’s happening now. Conscious living demands that we be concerned with future generations too.Are you ready to make a change? Take a look at ten natural products for your non toxic household.
Or consider Seventh Generation products take their name from the Iroquois belief that “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
I invite you to visit their website, where you’ll find valuable information on conscious living, including household hazards, living green, and making a difference in the world through your conscious buying decisions.
Explore the many non-toxic products Seventh Generation offers–like household cleaners, paper products and personal care products. When you choose to buy products that support a clean and sustainable world, you’re improving your health through a non-toxic living environment. And, you’re also choosing to live consciously.
There are many ways to look at nutrition and I’m not an expert. But there are many resources that can connect you with recognizing the importance of using nutrition to avoid taking medications.Hippocrates said it like this:”Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.”
If you want to live more consciously by developing your relationship with food, a great nutritional resource is Paul Pitchford’s book, Healing with Whole Foods. This is a tremendous resource that combines ancient chinese wisdom with a modern approach to food preparation for the support of a number of conditions and illnesses.
If you’re a health professional seeking information on nutritional healing, check out Dr. Jonathon Wright, a Harvard educated doctor who offers nutritional medicine workshops and a newsletter subscription called Nutrition & Healing. He also has a free e-letter.
Through meditation, you will naturally become aware of how food is affecting the way you think, feel and behave. As your awareness deepens, you may begin to intuitively know which foods to avoid and which ones will support you on your journey toward healing.
Since you’re reading this, chances are you’re part of the 50 million people in the world that care about conscious living. You care about the environment; you strive for authenticity in your relationships. Peace, social justice and equality are important to you. And you consider self-actualization, spiritual transformation, and self-expression to be of vital importance.So maintain your meditation practice. It’s the best way to change your world, and the world around you–through personal transformation and the upliftment of humanity.
If you have a suggestion for something I should add to this page, please contact me. I look forward to hearing your suggestions and sharing them with others.