10 Habits for Conscious and Spiritual Living

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10 Habits for a Conscious and Spiritual Life

In your opinion, what is more appealing, being a high-performing human or a highly conscious and caring one?

I’m asking because there are many articles written about the habits of high performers and successful people. Achievements and climbing the success ladder seem to be life’s centerpieces for many.

But what about the habits of conscious and spiritual people?

Those who genuinely care about the impact they have on others and the planet and strive to not only improve their skillset but also evolve into the most loving version of themselves?

I don’t know about you, but I believe that being a more conscious and caring human is more important than being a high-performing once. Especially right now.

After all, the former will create a better world (not to say “save it”). Not so much the latter.

I believe that consciousness brings about cooperation and kindness while focusing on performance often leads to comparison and competitiveness.

In this article, I share ten common habits of conscious and spiritual people. Of course, it’s based on my personal observations. They are habits that I wish to emulate but have yet to embody in my everyday life fully.

It’s a constant work in progress. Hopefully, one day they’ll become second nature.

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Habit #1: Conscious and Spiritual People Are Highly Self-Aware

I believe that the most foundational aspect of conscious people’s lives is that they are highly self-aware.

Self-awareness is the ability to observe our thoughts, emotions, and feelings as they occur.

It creates space between what happens (situation) and our response to it.

Let’s pretend someone says something you didn’t like.

Feelings of frustration might bubble up within you, but you don’t burst with anger.

Not right away.

The space between what the person said and your response to it stretches, making the scene happen in slow motion. It gives you sufficient space and time to choose to express anger or respond differently.

Self-awareness is the key to living intentionally, rather than continually being in reaction to our environment.

Habit #2: They Spend Time Tuning In

Conscious people tend to spend time tuning in through meditation or self-reflection.

These practices help to develop self-awareness and be more in-tuned with our intuition or inner wisdom.

They help us become more at peace with ourselves, and this peaceful state is reflected in our words and actions.

Meditation is an essential aspect of spiritual life.

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Habit #3: They Don’t Play the Victim

Conscious people don’t play the victim.

They take full responsibility for how they think, feel, and act. They know that it’s not what happens to them that determines their quality of life but how they respond to it.

They appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow, whether the experience is joyful or painful.

I know… Easier said than done, I know.

Habit #4: They Are Humble

Humility, in my opinion, is one of the most significant qualities of highly conscious people.

I’m not talking about feeling small or having a low view of ourselves. To me, humility is feeling grateful for our accomplishments rather than excessively proud.

Humility and gratitude go hand in hand.

I’m a runner.

Sometimes when I run at the park and pass someone because I run faster, I can’t help but feel proud. Of course, when someone runs faster than me, I think, “Bah, they have longer legs.”

It’s embarrassing but true.

A more “evolved” reaction would probably be to feel grateful – grateful to be able to run and be healthy. In my experience, feeling grateful is the best way to shift from pride to humility.

Humility is profound!

From a more spiritual standpoint, it shows the belief that we are a vessel for Source – or Infinite Intelligence, as Napoleon Hill calls it – to flow and be expressed through us.

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Habit #5: They Are Grateful

Of course, expressing gratitude is another essential habit of conscious and spiritual people.

They express gratitude for all that happens to them, the joyful and painful ones. They appreciate the learning opportunity in all experiences.

There’s no need to elaborate on the benefits of a gratitude practice; everyone raves about it, from spiritual masters to high achievers.

“[Gratitude] is the secret to speeding up your evolution, and the key to ascension.” -Belinda Womack in Lessons from the 12 Archangels.

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Habit #6: They Forgive

Forgiveness is the centerpiece of many spiritual texts and practices, such as A Course in Miracles and Ho’oponopono.

David R. Hawkins’ scale of consciousness even shows that guilt and shame are the lowest vibration emotions.

So, self-forgiveness is an essential aspect of conscious and spiritual life.

As for forgiving others – meaning letting go of the desire to punish – it’s also something that genuinely conscious people manage to do quite easily. They understand that everyone always does the best they can with the resources they have.

There’s a lot to say about the concept of true forgiveness, which is different from the more conventional approach.

If you would like to dive deeper into this topic, a great book is True Forgiveness by Jennifer McSween.

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Habit #7: They Won’t Judge You (As Much)

Non-judgment is another habit of highly conscious people.

I don’t think anyone can do it perfectly except for the enlightened masters, and people like Eckart Tolle, who’s the author of The Power of Now.

But conscious people tend to judge less because they have a greater ability to feel compassion toward other humans.

Compassion smooths out judgment.

I remember a time when I waited for a bus in Thailand to go from Surat Thani to Krabi, an 8-hour-ish ride.

I noticed a man – Occidental and a bit drunk – also waiting for the bus to arrive. I remember thinking, “How much do you bet he’ll sit beside me” (I was traveling alone, and so was he).

And yes, that’s precisely what happened.

He smelled beer and sniffed loudly. I felt disgusted.

About thirty minutes after the bus departed – thirty minutes during which I did my best to pull my entire body as far as possible from the man’s – something shifted. I felt a strange, warm, and soothing wave of compassion arising within me. Not pity, but genuine compassion.

I realized we were the same.

We both had our problems. He drank in an attempt to feel better, and I ate a lot of sugary stuff. We had a different way of expressing inner discomfort.

This realization shifted my judgment into compassion, and it felt incredibly peaceful. Compassion creates (inner and outer) peace.

Compassion is not something we can easily trigger at will (I tried!). But we can cultivate it.

One of the best ways to do so is probably to practice Loving-Kindness Meditation.

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Habit #8: They Feel Worthy

Conscious and spiritual people also know that they are infinitely worthy without having to prove anything to anyone, accomplish grandiose goals, or look a certain way.

Or to a lesser degree than unconscious people.

I have a lot of work to do in this arena. The number one thing that has helped the most in reducing feelings of “not-enoughness” for the past ten years is meditation.

But, again, it’s a work in progress.

Habit #9: They Care for the Well-Being of All Beings

Highly conscious people also care for all beings’ well-being, including other humans, animals, and plants.

They care about the environment, how the animals are treated, and the feelings and quality of life of other people, and act accordingly.

The choice between a bunch of regular bananas or organic and fair-trade bananas becomes easy.

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Habit #10: They Want to Serve

Highly conscious people find real joy in serving and helping others. I think all humans feel this innate joy in helping people.

There is a term in psychology to describe the almost euphoric feeling we experience when helping someone called “the helper’s high.”

It seems that the more compassionate and less judgmental we are, the more we feel compelled to helping others.

There’s Probably More to It

Of course, these ten habits are based on my personal observations of what it means to be more conscious and caring.

I would love to know what it means to you to be conscious and spiritual human. Let me know in the comments.

I wrote another article recently about how we can consciously speed-up our evolution as human beings and build a better world by leading by example, based on the principles in Neale Donald Walsh’s book Conversion with God Book 4: Awaken the Species.

I think it would complement this article very well!

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