The Art Of Living Consciously

2454 WordsOct 29, 201410 Pages
Name: Muerita Gill Course: Psychology Lecturer: Prof. Before reading Dr Branden’s “The Art of Living Consciously: The Power of Awareness to Transform Everyday Life”, I was ignorant of such a notion as living consciously. To say this book has been an eye opener for me would be an understatement. Through his use of layman terms, personal experiences from himself and clients and sentence completion exercises he weaves a web that captures our interest and retains it. For me, it was a source of untapped knowledge that my mind readily absorbed. With that being said, please do not abscond with the notion that this book has somehow allowed me to transcend to a new enlighten stage of existence, for rest assured, it has not. It has however; led…show more content…
For me, at the foundation of living consciously is the power and will to ask why. Our ability to think is a gift that many often neglect, preferring the fabricated reality that they live in. Everything we think, say and do is a product of our environment influencing our morals, values, emotions and mindset. To fully grasp an understanding of what it means to live consciously one must first examine the of negative of concept; not living consciously. Many relate living unconsciously to a dream-like state, in which many of our actions are govern by external influences, habits and our sub-conscious. Therefore, living consciously would entail a deeper understanding of us, with the ability to recognize and react to our surroundings in all aspects of our lives, but it also means that you start questioning negative behaviors, actions and habits. To acquire consciousness, is to be in control over our life and circumstance. Therefore, to live consciously would mean to break away from the norm and think for ourselves. The state of being aware of who we are, what we want, what we are doing and of our present reality. To live consciously more often than not would encompass some amount of discomfort and pain but the alternative, to live blindly, is a far worst reality. In Dr Branden’s initial chapters of his book, he explores the nature of human consciousness and its relationship to reality. He stresses the importance of
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