We often get stuck on certain thoughts, but our thought has so much potential to grow, change and expand. Today we will share a guide that will help you learn how to expand your consciousness and challenge yourself.
You can find fulfillment in life through your general attitude, but you will never quite get to the point where all of your problems disappear.
This is why I often think of the expansion of consciousness as an aspiration in life that you will never quite reach.
This is also true for consciousness: one can become more conscious, more present, and more aware. However, you will never quite arrive at the point where your thoughts are always in the here and now.
That’s a good thing, too, because we need our unconscious mind to guide us through life. If we did everything consciously, we’d have to relearn how to do it every time we wanted to do it.
Expanding consciousness is analogous to exercising the brain. When you fully immerse yourself in the here and now, it reminds you of the beauty of life and the world around you.
Being more conscious means being more aware. This means being aware of yourself on an individual level, while on a collective level, it means being more aware of your surroundings and the world outside.
How exactly do you expand your consciousness? Here are 13 effective ways:
1. Be present
There will never be a better moment than the one that you are in right now, so make the most of it by living in the moment. You shouldn’t waste your time lamenting the past or stressing out about the future.
Instead, focus on the present and do everything in your power to bring out the best in you. If you do what needs to be done, the future will take care of itself.
Take your time to appreciate the beautiful views along the way. Make sure you chew every bite of your food and really taste it.
Enjoy deep conversations. Stay focused on what you’re doing and avoid getting sidetracked.
2. If you cannot be present, practice practical exercises
When you haven’t been present throughout your life, it can be challenging to fully focus on the here and now. Give yourself some time to practice being present.
It could be meditation, yoga, or even just consciously refocusing every time you feel your mind wandering. Your brain is like a muscle in that it requires exercise and needs to be stimulated.
Therefore, it is important to give your mind a workout on a regular basis and to get into the habit of being present.
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3. Find your true nature
Naturally, we are all drawn to certain things. Your task is to shed years of cultural conditioning and get in tune with your true nature.
This might be very obvious to some people, while others might have a harder time understanding it. If you actively seek out and look for the things that are important to you, you will eventually find them.
4. Accept your true nature
Perhaps you’re an introvert who’s trying to be an extrovert, or you’re a sociable person who spends their days locked indoors.
Maybe you have a job in town but you’d be happier if you could work from home instead. Or you get drunk every weekend just to feel accepted by your friends.
You shouldn’t go against your true nature, whatever that may be. Recognize that you are a unique individual and that there are other unique people out there just like you with whom you can connect.
Do not pretend to be someone you are not because this is the spiritually divisive and disempowering thing you can do. Accept your nature and live it fully.
5. Do what you love every day
Some people are lucky enough to work a job that they love. If that is not the case for you, you should still make time every day to engage in activities that bring you joy.
If you’re a music fan, you should start your day by putting on some tunes. If you enjoy reading, try to fit in a few minutes during your lunch break to read a book.
Take some time out of each day to do whatever makes you feel alive.
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6. Immerse yourself in your life
Whether you are surrounded by a concrete jungle or you live in a remote area where there are no signs of life anywhere, you should accept it, embrace it, and fully immerse yourself in your life.
When you open your eyes and plunge into life, you will notice that everything, whether it was made by man or was part of nature, is beautiful.
Walk down the street and look at people, plants, or even inanimate objects, and notice what is going on around you, you’ll notice the miracles that exist every day.
7. Be open-minded
You should never let yourself reach the point where you know everything; instead, be a student and always question everything. Even if you believe you are familiar with a topic, there is always more to learn.
It might look blue, but is that really the color of the sky? Or is it an illusion? It might look like the grass is green, but maybe that’s just your imagination.
Does an animal or even another human see the grass in the same light?
This way of thinking will seem odd at first, but it opens you up to a different way of looking at the world. Set aside some of your time to do practical exercises on how to see the world differently.
8. Absorb knowledge
Look out for new information that can serve to improve your life. Dive deep into a topic that interests you.
Read books, but more importantly, make sure you’re studying the ones that are worth it. Attend classes taught by people who have the knowledge you’re looking for. Find a mentor and be directed by them.
Today, we live in a world that is highly automated; for example, our phones can tell us which restaurant to eat at, our cars can give us directions, and we can look up the answer to any question by using Google.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does indicate that our brains need more deliberate movement, so make sure you’re giving it what it needs!
9. Accept more
There’s a difference between being content and accepting. Being satisfied is a form of laziness, as it makes us tell ourselves, “This life will do.”
Acceptance means realizing that life doesn’t always go exactly in the direction you planned. Focus on the aspects of your life that you can change and learn to accept the uncontrollable things that come your way.
One of the best illustrations of this is the way someone else reacts to a situation. You have no control and no right to control this.
Therefore, if you are dissatisfied with certain aspects of your life, change those that you can and learn to accept the ones you cannot.
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10. Understand your cycles
Life is one big cycle that consists of many small cycles. A day is a cycle, a week is a cycle, but you will also have your own cycles of different feelings.
Notice how you are currently feeling as well as what triggers different emotional responses in you. Just because you’re feeling down doesn’t mean that it’s always a bad thing.
Figure out what you do most productively in your various emotional states and don’t go against it. If you socialize and have conversations best when you’re full of energy, do these tasks in that state.
If you are most creative and thoughtful when you are low on energy, then you should try to get your creative work done when you are in that state.
Since your life is one continuous vibration cycle, go with the flow rather than fighting it.
11. Become clear
If you aren’t clear about what you want, you’ll never create the life you desire. You need to be absolutely certain that the thing you are aiming for is something you truly want before you can even start setting goals.
Find out what motivates you. These things will change over time, but go with it and accept it. Identify your values and the things that are important to you.
This will serve as your map, and once you have it, you can start getting serious about your goals and plans.
12. Face your fears
In order to make progress, you will have to do what you’re afraid of. Face your fears on a daily basis and make it a habit because that is when the real magic happens.
People who can be the most uncomfortable without losing their cool will do their best on the journey of life. Therefore, you should learn not to be afraid of your fears, but rather to embrace them.
Don’t just face your fears for the sake of it. However, as you start to commit to what’s important to you, there will be moments of intimidation that you’ll just have to face.
13. Think about how far you have come
Never be too busy or too focused on progress that you forget to reflect on how far you’ve come. Spend some time appreciating your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem.
Get used to celebrating the little victories if you want to truly enjoy the big ones. Learn from every experience, even if you feel worse today than you did the day before.
Learn to see the big picture and grow from everything, whether it’s something positive or negative. You’ve come a long way, so take some time to reflect on that.