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With the New Year rapidlly approaching, many people may already be formulating resolutions. Some may have given up on resolutions altogether due to their past attempts and failures to make them materialize. Resolutions or goals are often an attempt to change our outer world, but if we fail to also change our inner world, we will have a very challenging time changing the world around us.
Perhaps, in 2013, instead of resolving to lose weight, or to stop drinking, smoking, or other bad habits, we should resolve to live a more conscious life. If one defines “living more consciously” as being more aware of reality and your connectedness to other humans and living organisms, taking control of your own destiny by putting more thought into the everyday choices you make, and being more aware of how those choices impact the world around you, then a decision to live a more conscious life will, in effect, help you achieve the goals on your New Year’s list and ones you never even imagined.
The truly conscious person is not only tuned in to his/her own existence, but is also fully aware, even spiritually attuned to the fact that we are not separate from other living organisms. One does not have to
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necessarily be religious or even very spiritual to be aware of this connection. Science tells us the entire physical universe is made up of pure energy and vibration. The extent to which we can see, hear, or feel something depends on the speed or frequency at which it vibrates.
A more simplistic example of science supporting this connection is the fact that living things are connected through one another by the process that each organism depends on one another for support. In order to thrive, plants get energy from the sun. We, as humans, receive the bi-product from plants which is oxygen. In addition, animals eat plants while other animals eat them and so on and so forth. This is called a food chain. A food chain with multiple branches is considered the web of life.
George Lucas described this connection best as The Force. The Force was a metaphysical, binding, and ubiquitous power in the Star Wars movies that held enormous importance for both the Jedi and Sith monastic orders in those films. Yoda explained to Luke Skywalker that The Force runs through all living things binding us together. Religious and/or spiritual leaders might describe this Force as God or The Creator. Nevertheless, it is widely agreed upon that all life is interdependent.
So what does this have to do with living more consciously? A good start to this endeavor is to recognize and become acutely aware that all of our choices in
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