What we see, what we hear, what we eat and what we drink- we consume.
When we consume, we add to ourselves in some way. When we are acting from a place of consciousness we choose to make consumption choices which nurture our body, sprit and mind. The quality, whether good or bad of what we consume directly affects the quality of our experience.
It is our responsibility as conscious beings to question our choices in what we consume by becoming aware of its impact on us and our environment. For example, if we apply this to eating, what is the feeling or emotional quality that is brought to you when you eat an organic apple from a local farmer as opposed to eating a fast food hamburger? What can you assume to be the likely impact of consuming these different things? Is the likely impact of our choice to consume the fast food hamburger in alignment with the way in which we would like to feel physically? Does it support our belief in the treatment of the workers who prepare this food? Were the ingredients and agricultural practices that produced this hamburger in alignment with our compassion and understanding of nature? Is there another choice provided that would be more in that state of alignment?
When you think about this example, we start to recognize on a different level that not all food will benefit our body in the same way. It may shape our bodies, but not benefit. While on the surface, we know in our minds that an apple is the healthier choice but there is another layer to that which is thinking about the impact this choice can have on our emotions and feelings. This can include our concern for the environment, a business, a farmer, and most importantly, on the level in which we wish to have an impact.
The thoughts about the thing we consume has a profound impact on our bodies. In a way, you are consuming emotions and feelings with each choice that will result in your overall wellbeing. An example of this principle is when I think of my grandmothers cup of tea. I can make the exact cup of tea in the way she makes it but when my grandmother makes the cup of tea, it always appears to taste better. In the practical sense, it is the same cup of tea but the connection to my grandmother through the cup of tea that she prepares nurtures my spirit in another way. She is whether knowingly or not, putting her love into that cup of tea. Can you think of an example around something you commonly consume that might bring about that same feeling?
In our busy lives, it does not always seem easy to live in a state of conscious consumption but the more you work at it, the easier this becomes.
Five Steps To Conscious Choice:
- Set your intention to become more conscious of what you choose to consume. Get started small. It may be to set your intention to only watch or listen to programming that nurtures you. For example, if you choose to watch a movie, do you choose to watch one that inspires curiosity, knowledge and compassion or one that inspires fear and a numbing of thoughts. From there, you can go on to choose one program over an other, but maybe there is another activity that inspires or nurtures you more than watching a movie. Maybe listening to a podcast or reading a book provides more nurturing and a betterment for your wellbeing. Take it one step at a time but choose to make these changes.
- Decide how you want to feel and what you want to stand for. It takes strength but you have the ability and power to decide. It is just a matter of accepting what it is and taking responsibility for the way you want to feel. What are some choices of things you consume that feed into how you want to feel? Is it juicing? Perhaps listening to inspirational stories or being around inspiring people? Do you want to feel happiness and thus need to be around those how are happy? Ask yourself to help you get there.
- Educate yourself on the choices that you have. If you are focusing on the consumption of a product, for example a multi-vitamin, consider a few points about this choice. Where does the product originate, do the plant based ingredients sustain agricultural practices, does the product come from someone or a company that you can trust? Are the ingredients safe and free or harmful substances? When I started asking these questions, it is what brought me to my current path as a nutritional leader with Shaklee. Where might your questions take you? It is amazing once you start exploring consciousness and acting in this way.
- Practice each day. Make a concerted effort to make a conscience choice at least once a day. This requires slowing down sometimes and reflecting on what it is you are doing and why you are doing it. Are we making decisions we wouldn’t normally make because we are exhausted or the choice just seems easier? As you continue to practice, it will become easier. After you make choices also take that time to reflect if you didn’t do it before. How did it makes you feel when you ate that item for lunch? Was the conscious choice to take a walk in the evening with your family something that made you feel better or worse than just passing out on the couch and watching the most recent crime drama?
- If you get set back, forgive yourself and recommit to doing better going forward. Shame is low vibration and will not get you anywhere. It’s okay to make mistakes or loose track of your efforts. Just become aware of what happened, why it happened and why you want to continue to make conscious choices that provide energy, life and wholeness into your life. This practice is an ongoing cycle and one of growth.