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Welcome To Conscious Friends
March 22, 2009

Hello and welcome to Conscious Friends, a community of The Conscious Living Foundation!

As you know, our site was created to support those interested in spiritual and personal growth. Along the way, many of us have realized that relationships are an important part of creating and maintaining a harmonious and uplifting life.

To that end, The Conscious Living Foundation is pleased to offer these pages on our site in the hope that we all can find new like-minded friends and perhaps develop deeper relationships.

There are several ways to visit these pages.  As a...more

50 Benefits of Meditation
June 17, 2008
Meditation literally means, "thinking process with present moment awareness".

1.) To have healthy heart.
2.) To have normal blood pressure.
3.) To have normal cholesterol.
4.) To prevent stroke / paralysis.
5.) To have perfect digestion.
6.) To have perfect weight.
7.) To have perfect sleep.
8.) To become a perfect choice maker.
9.) To reverse and regress ageing.
10.) To remain young.
11.) To prevent cancer.
12.) To become embodiment of positive emotions.
13.) To get rid of negative emotions. more

Is Consciousness Energy?
June 11, 2008
If you tune into someone's "vibrations," are you picking up some form of energy they are emitting - perhaps something we might call "psychic energy?"

It may be tempting to think so . . . to think of consciousness as a form of energy. But is it?

What might be going on when we say we feel someone's vibrations?

Well, one possibility is that their brain or their body could be sending out waves of energy - something, perhaps, like electricity. If so, it must be far more subtle than any form of energy known to...

100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World
May 20, 2008

Creating world peace takes many forms, but surely it begins with individuals. Here are 100 ideas for creating a more peaceful world. Everyone can play a part in creating peace. It continues to be the most significant challenge of humankind and requires the efforts of each of us.

[The list contains only 97 Ideas because I removed broken links to defunct websites.

You can bring it back to 100 Ideas by adding your own for Creating a More Peaceful World!

When you do, take a moment to post your additions on the Conscious...more

Recipe for Simplicity
May 6, 2008

"Simplify, Simplify…" More than a century after Henry David Thoreau uttered these words, his plea for simplicity has more significance now than ever before.

We work hard and play hard, filling nearly every moment with activity. Most families believe they need two incomes to pay for a standard of living that has doubled in the last 50 years. But do we?

Based on my three-year study of over 200 people who have simplified their lives, I found that we can work less, want less, and spend less, and be happier and more fulfilled in the process.

Here are ten...more

Spiritual Diversity
April 29, 2008

To our pre-Christian spiritual ancestors, spirituality was both contemporary and relevant. In cultures where polytheism (the belief in many gods) was the rule, rather than the exception, individuals were given the ability to find their own beliefs and to choose their own spiritual paths based upon their personal needs and the calling of their own hearts. Households had specific deities that represented the prosperity and protection that the family hoped for their home. Agricultural festivals had gods that watched over the planting, the growing crops, and the harvest. This diverse pantheon of deities created a culture where a person would draw closest to the god...more

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Whole-Self Time Management
February 17, 2007

Many of us would relate to the following thought:

There aren't enough breaks in my life, with work and home (consisting of 2 kids, 1 hubby, 2 dogs) and not enough time for ME! This article is about taking a different look at this issue.

Do you remember back when you were in school, and you had regular report cards? Imagine that you are still getting report cards. Except now, the subjects are no longer English, Math or Physical Education.

Let's say you're doing very well at WORK, pretty well at FAMILY, but SELF needs more work.

Typically, when something's gotta give, the one thing that gives is often SELF. If pressed to explain how come you're floundering in this subject, you'd probably say, "It really has to do with the teachers." In WORK, and to some extent in FAMILY, we have a pretty stern taskmaster.

The SELF teacher, on the other hand, doesn't really put much pressure on us to perform on a day-to-day basis. We put our energy where the pressure is.

In a way, it's like how it was at school. You wouldn't be held back for low performance in gym class if you were doing well in academic subjects. It pays to focus your efforts on what is most important, doesn't it? Now, that's quite OK if the subject is really of no importance to you.

But you do care about yourself, don't you? So, what are you going to do about neglecting yourself on a day-to-day basis?

The answer is straightforward. Bring SELF into the process. Don't let WORK and FAMILY be the only voices when you plan. In practical terms, ask yourself: "What am I doing for myself today? this week? this month? this year?

Now, this doesn't mean turning SELF into a stern taskmaster. You probably have enough of those already. Just make room for SELF in your planning and time management.

This seems like it's no big deal. And it's actually no big deal if you're accustomed to making time for yourself. But, if you're among the many people who don't, this is the crux of the matter.

When you do any kind of planning, choose to make time for yourself. Choosing is an active process: you don't just hope to find time for yourself, you make time. What if you actually tried planning your time around what is actually most important to you? Dessert need not always come at the end of the meal.

This may seem like a gratuitous comment, totally out of touch with the reality of your life. Who do I think you are? Don't I understand that you have a job, a demanding one at that? You're in an office all day, and therefore you can't be outside. Or: You're on sales calls all day, and therefore you can't be inside. Or: You work from home, and therefore you can't have contact with peers.

It is a fact that most of us can't decide on a whim, when we wake up, that we'd like to fly to Acapulco today. Does this really mean we can't plan for more of a break within the day? Or for a more pleasant break?

Besides, focusing on SELF is not just about taking breaks. It can be about putting more of your energy and enjoyment on those tasks that are more fulfilling for you.

What if there is no room in your life for these kinds of choices? Well, then, it's a pretty good indication that you need to make some serious changes in your life.

Now, why would I, as a coach, address such issues? Isn't coaching essentially about performance? What does it have to do with having time for yourself?

I subscribe to a "whole life" or "whole self" approach to coaching. My experience is that, when we consistently ignore important needs, it actually hampers our performance. Here's an analogy: Which army do you think will fight better: one that is well-fed and rested, or one that is starving and tired? Take time to take good care of your army.

About this contributor: Serge Prengel is a life coach who has a proactive, "whole-self" approach to coaching.

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