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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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Practicing Intentional Relaxation
February 16, 2007

The cornerstone of looking good is feeling good. Well-being is an individualist concept and begins with self-exploration and learning what works best for you.

We are constantly told that exercise is the most effective method to improving our health. While there is substantiated truth to this fact, most people have no idea that exercise can be used as a means of connecting to and improving bodily functions. The more familiar you become with your body the smoother it will run. Although weights, reps, sets, classes, and cardio are methods by which you can improve your overall health, the greatest benefit lies in bodily self-awareness.

As a top fitness professional, I have spent numerous hours in the gym perfecting my clients' ability to use their body with increased "awareness." When my client leaves a session, they possess stronger "body awareness" resulting from increased exertion--thus they are more connected to themselves.

This connectivity provides increased energy, mental clarity, physical fitness, and prevents injuries.

Keep in mind, your body's muscles are simply a system of "pulleys and levers" designed to move your bones in whatever direction you choose. However, the key to health, well-being, and longevity is learning the proper method of breathing and movement.

Our bodies are similar to an advanced computer system. There are vast memory storage areas reserved for your daily data input. You probably have heard the term "muscle memory." Every activity you complete during the day is "logged" into your muscle memory--eventually becoming a behavior or habit. As James Allen once stated, "Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstances." This is indeed a true statement when it comes to muscle memory.

For example, both good and bad postures are remembered behaviors. Good posture leads to better posture and poor posture will just get worse. The same is true for any body behavior we practice.

A negative example of this is when stress accumulates in the body as muscle tension. If tension is not actively released, it is stored in muscles. Eventually the muscle has no choice but to incorporate this tension into static positions. In other words, the more tension stored, the less flexible you become.

How to Widen Your Comfort Zone

Intentional Relaxation

Intentional relaxation requires you to actively focus your attention inside your body and purposely relax. This simple procedure will reduce a tremendous amount of stress and tension while creating space for health and vitality. The beauty of this exercise - it can be practiced anytime and anywhere. While the following exercise is tailored for an office worker sitting in their chair - lying on your back in a comfortable and quiet setting would be most ideal.
  • Begin by making sure the small of your back is firmly pressed against the back of the chair and your feet are firmly on the floor. Focus upon your body as it breathes.
  • Where in your body does your inhale begin?
  • Focus upon this targeted area and breathe in and out through your nose. Allow your breathing to be natural. If your breathing is shallow let it be shallow, if its deep, let it be deep.
  • As you exhale, let it seep out of your nose as fast or as slow as your body lets it go.
  • Each released exhale is a direct experience of how to "let go."
  • Each time you exhale relax your body, just let go of your body and allow it to sink deeper into your chair.
  • Start at your head and relax all the muscles in your face one by one. Continue down your body until you reach your feet.
  • Allow the surface beneath you to completely support your weight as you let go.
  • Be aware that breathing in this way may make you lightheaded. Please take care of your needs and do not continue if you feel uncomfortable.

Practice of this technique can be performed anywhere at anytime and provides the following:
  • Deep relaxation
  • Heightened body connection and awareness
  • Increased flow of energy in your body

Our lives have too much tension in them which requires us to focus some of our daily energy on improving our ability to relax. Practicing relaxation in this way paves the way for a calmer and peaceful body/mind.

About this Contributor: Sheldon Gerard Ginsberg, President of FitPath Health Services, holds a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with honors from the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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