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Embrace Conscious Living: 10 Simple Strategies for Christians

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UNDERSTANDING CONSCIOUS LIVING AND TAKING YOUR LIFE BACK

Christians often shy away from the concept of conscious living until they realize that if you are not conscious, you are un-conscious, which leaves way more space for things to go wrong.

The term conscious living was hijacked and believed to belong solely to the realm of yogis and new-age philosophies. And let’s face it: being mindful of the wrong things can be as detrimental as unconscious living.

For Christians, conscious living is not about delving into arcane or mystical practices that are out of sync with Christian teachings. Instead, it’s about taking your life back.

This article reveals strategies and practical steps for living a conscious and purposeful life that aligns with your renewed identity in Christ—a gift you don’t want to squander.

Conscious Living is for Christians too
Conscious Living is for Christians too

DEFINITION OF CONSCIOUS LIVING

MINDFUL INSTEAD OF MIND FULL

What does it mean to live consciously in the hustle and bustle of modern life? It is about being mindful, returning to who you are in Christ, and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit when your mind pulls in a thousand directions. 

It’s about choosing not to coast through your days on autopilot but to consciously and actively engage with your beliefs, community, and God’s purpose for your life. 

Those who live life consciously can step back from the noise and chaos of everyday life to focus on what truly matters—their relationship with God, their loved ones, and their spiritual growth. By doing so, they can find peace and contentment amidst the world’s relentless pace.

 

Mind Full is not the same as Mindful
Mind Full is not the same as Mindful

YOUR MIND UNDER ATACK

In a world saturated with overt and subtle messages, most people remain blissfully unaware; your mind is constantly attacked. 

Rather than critically examining content, we blindly trust and consume what is on our screens. Many of us have been swept away by the currents of unconscious habits, societal expectations, and media influence.

By living consciously, we can go back to the drawing board to align the input  of what we consume with our Christian values and goals, leading to a more profound sense of satisfaction and fulfilment.

A Mind Overloaded with Information
A Mind Overloaded with Information

YOUR MIND UNDER ATACK

In a world saturated with overt and subtle messages, most people remain blissfully unaware; your mind is constantly attacked. 

Rather than critically examining content, we blindly trust and consume what is on our screens. Many of us have been swept away by the currents of unconscious habits, societal expectations, and media influence.

By living consciously, we can go back to the drawing board to align the input and output of what we consume with our Christian values and goals, leading to a more profound sense of satisfaction and fulfilment.

 

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR INCORPORATING CONSCIOUS LIVING INTO DIFFERENT AREAS OF YOUR LIFE

 

#1 ALLOW FOR DIVINE TRANSFORMATION

NOT CONFORMED BUT TRANSFORMED

So you realize I’m probably unconscious for a while and further down the rabbit hole than I ever intended, and you shout: “Stop the world, I want to get off.” But it keeps turning.

How do you turn back to live life consciously? Jesus Christ is the key to the door that leads us out. Paul says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed.” 

Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” 

Recognizing that you can say no to it and opt out is a good start.

NOT A TO-DO LIST

We were made competent in Christ. It is a profound, blood-bought, Spirit-wrought transformation from the inside out.

2 Corinthians 3:6 “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter (the law) but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Thus, Christian conscious living is not a new list of moral behaviours. It is not switching from the to-do list of the flesh to the to-do list of the law. Oh no! It is the triumphant power and transformation of the Holy Spirit in us through faith in Jesus Christ.

A NEW IDENTITY

Anyone who seeks conscious living by following “the teachings of Jesus” for a virtuous reason in their own strength will be crushed by it. You need a new heart, and then, by default, you will do what you ought to do. 

2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Be fully conscious of who you are in Christ, and you will walk with your head high, no matter what.

 

#2 CATCH IT IF YOU CAN

We are perfectly useless as Christ-exalting Christians if we do not live consciously and all we do is conform to the world around us. If you are not aware of it, it will happen by default. Your mind will become lulled and accustomed to alternative messages of success and prosperity.

Research has shown that whatever is packed into the genre of news and comedy, the human mind will consume it even more quickly. It is deceptively simple.

Mind what you consume with your eyes and ears. It matters!

 

#3 THINK WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT

Living consciously means that every choice you make is infused with your faith. It’s about being aware of the influences around us and filling your mind with what is true, noble, proper, pure, lovely, and admirable. 

Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Think what you think about. Good feelings and desires will follow by default.

 

#4 DROP THE FRENZY

When Jesus Christ walked the earth, He didn’t rush from task to task in a frenzy to accomplish His goals. Distractions didn’t sidetrack Him. Instead, Jesus exemplified a life with purpose and consciousness, completing His earthly mission with deliberate and measured steps.

Jesus embodied the essence of divine timing.

Life is not an emergency but a journey to savour, each step at a time. In the grand tapestry of existence, there is enough time for everything. Conscious living is a reminder to slow down.

Eschew the frantic pace that society often demands and instead embrace a rhythm of life that allows for contemplation.

 

#5 BE INBOX AWARE

The world thinks the human mind is like a computer gathering and managing data and knowledge in this world to present it to the heart for faithful and appropriate emotional responses. Thus, we need more and better data.

Tada! Education becomes the great instrument of redemption. Information is the new sought-after pearl, and we consciously spend time gathering it. However, one only needs to look at elaborate scams and sophisticated terrorist plots to know this is untrue. 

Our inbox is instantly overflowing, and we never spend a moment sorting it and filing it for future use. We store it with a notice: “One day when I have time.” It overwhelms us instead of serving us.

Many people feel permanently perplexed and overwhelmed. Less is more. Too much information can lead to bad conscious choices.

 

#6 EMBRACE BALANCE

Humanity seems divided into two groups: those who equate success with working around the clock and those who have declared themselves victims and refuse to work. This dichotomy presents a false narrative that one must be a relentless workaholic or a passive bystander. 

However, conscious living invites us to reject this binary thinking and discover God’s design for a balanced life. It encourages us to seek a sustainable rhythm of work and rest that honours our need for productive engagement, rejuvenation, and reflection. 

Too much of anything is not good. Pray for wisdom and consciously strive for balance.

 

#7 TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE, IT IS GOOD FOR YOU

Conscious living and responsibility go hand in hand. Our conscious decisions to take on responsibility align with God’s ways. Walking down the aisle to get married, having children, and responding to the Lord’s voice comes with responsibility.

Isaiah 6:8: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Those focusing on avoiding responsibility give away freedom. Dr Scott Peck wrote in his book The Road Less Traveled about this truth:

“If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution.

Whenever we seek to avoid responsibility for our behaviour, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to another individual, organization, or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity, be it fate, society, the government, the corporation, or our boss.

Take on responsibility, it is good for you.

 

#8 CHOOSE QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

This principle of conscious living applies not only for material possessions but also for the friendships you nurture, the activities you engage in, and the decisions you make. 

Opting for quality means prioritizing depth and value over mere volume or appearances. It’s about investing in fewer but more meaningful interactions and experiences that enrich your life and align with your Christian values. 

By choosing quality over quantity, you cultivate a life filled with purpose, intention, and fulfilment. This life honours God by reflecting careful stewardship of the resources and time He has entrusted you.

Choose quality over quantity in every aspect of your life.

 

#9 FORGIVE! IT OPEN DOORS

Moreover, conscious living promotes the practice of forgiveness and the release of bitterness and resentment, which can weigh heavily on our mental health.

Forgive yourself first. Understanding that your transgressions are fully absolved in Christ and that your slate is wiped clean empowers you to extend forgiveness to others with a generous heart.

Forgive! It will open doors to healing and renewed relationships.

 

#10 CHERISH SIMPLE JOYS

Conscious living means finding pleasure in the mundane, and recognizing the beauty in the ordinary. It’s about appreciating children’s laughter, the warmth of the sun on your face, and quiet moments that bring a sense of peace. 

This way of living encourages us to pause and be grateful for the blessings often overlooked in our pursuit of the next big thing. It’s a gentle reminder that happiness doesn’t always come from grand achievements or acquisitions but often from life’s simple, unassuming moments.

Cherish simple joys, and the bigger ones will be even better.

Conscious Living is Beautiful Living
Conscious Living is Beautiful Living

 

BENEFITS OF CONSCIOUS LIVING

SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND HAVING A SOUND MIND 

By living consciously, each moment becomes an opportunity to demonstrate your faith, and each thought is a chance to glorify God. 

Improving mental and emotional well-being is a natural outcome of conscious living for Christians. It is not merely about avoiding negative thoughts or emotions but also about transforming our entire approach to life.

A SOUND MIND

Mental disease is on the rise, but for those who are Christ-conscious and filled with the Spirit of God, there is a sound mind. 

2 Timothy 1:7-8 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.”

SELF WORTH AND SELF AWARE

On the one hand, advertisements blare it out, from shampoo to floor polish, “because you’re worth it.” And you just know it sounds like blackmailing the crowd. 

On the other hand, evolutionists want to tell you that you are just carbon atoms and a fetus has no right to life. Who do you believe?

Neither, because the Bible tells us that life has intrinsic value; God came down to become one of us. And He went to the cross, for He valued each of us.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

FEAR AND ANXIETY

Reduced stress is a natural byproduct of conscious living. Living with intention and awareness makes us less likely to be overwhelmed by the pressures that life throws our way. Instead, we learn to trust in God’s plan and lean on His strength, allowing us to navigate challenging situations calmly and confidently.

Increased resilience is another significant benefit of this intentional way of living. As we align our actions with our faith, we build an inner fortitude that helps us to bounce back from setbacks and hardships. We become more adaptable and able to withstand life’s ups and downs with grace and hope. 

Through prayer, reflection, and communion with God, we are reminded of the bigger picture and the eternal perspective that frames our existence.

This spiritual grounding is our most significant source of strength, enabling us to face life’s uncertainties with a resilient spirit and a heart full of faith.

 

ENHANCED RELATIONSHIPS AND CONNECTION TO OTHERS

Conscious living would involve putting down your texting and tweeting and going to see a friend. You would meet them face to face and share real life with them.

Conscious living brings individuals together for a common purpose, creating a sense of community vital for personal and spiritual growth. In a world often divided by differences, conscious living reminds us that we are all part of the body of Christ, called to live in harmony and peace.

 

GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION

Living consciously with intentionality fosters gratitude and contentment, shifting focus from what we lack to appreciating what we have. This mindful approach encourages us to count our blessings and recognize the abundance that God has already placed in our lives. 

It is about  finding satisfaction in the journey rather than just the destination.

Gratitude is deeply rooted in Scripture. The Bible encourages us to maintain a posture of thankfulness in all situations, recognizing that every good thing comes from above. It is more than just a fleeting feeling; it is a discipline that, when practised consistently, can transform our perspective and interactions with the world around us.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

 

HEALTH AND WHEALTH

When you practise living consciously and it becomes your new lifestyle and a habit, it will filter down to every other part of your life. 

As you become more attuned to your daily choices and their impacts, you’ll naturally start to make decisions more aligned with your values and beliefs. This could mean opting for healthier food options. It could also mean reassessing your spending habits to ensure that your financial decisions reflect a stewardship that honours God and benefits others. 

Living consciously eventually becomes routine habits and thoughtful expressions of your faith and purpose.

 

TAKE AWAY

Living consciously is an art that can be learned. You are halfway there once you understand it and make friends with it.

  1. Allow for divine transformation 
  2. Catch it if you can, and don’t be swept away
  3. Fill your mind; think what you think about
  4. Drop the frenzy because life is not an emergency
  5. Be inbox aware and stop feeling overwhelmed
  6. Embrace balance, because too much of anything is not good
  7. Take responsibility for your life, it is good for you
  8. Choose quality over quantity
  9. Forgive! It opens doors
  10. Cherish the simple joys and find satisfaction in the journey rather than the destination

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