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Dedicating ourselves to a spiritual path is one of the most selfish things we can do.

It is selfish because we are doing it for ourselves. It is selfish because it is a solitary path.

It is selfish, yet it is something that is in our best interest to support.

It is selfish because we are driven to a spiritual path out of our own suffering. We walk the path because we want to feel relief from the pain.

No matter where we are along the path, we move forward out of our own desire.

Even though this is the most self-centered of directions to take, in the end, we all benefit from it.

The monk we support contributes nothing to the GDP. The donations we give to the spiritual organizations we support are not creating new jobs.

Yet all of the people we support in becoming more self-aware, more enlightened, and more transcendent, are all serving our highest good in some way.

For every soul that comes closer to truth shows us a path we can take should we choose to.

For every spirit that sings a little louder so more can hear it’s song, raises the hearts and minds of those it touches.

For every person that dedicates themselves to becoming better, to evolving, to raising their consciousness, raises the consciousness of the entire planet in some way.

So selfish as it might be, it is also the most altruistic path we can take.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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The patterns of our lives are the strongest forces we experience.

When we are young, we are open and our minds are supple.

Then we experience life. We start to make meaning from what we experience. Then the patterns begin to emerge.

What we don’t realize at the time is those patterns are self-reinforcing.

Because we see something one way, we look for that in other things.

Slowly, over time, we see that pattern so much it becomes ingrained in us.

Like a stick drawing a line in the dirt over and over again, soon that line become so deep we can’t change it.

Or the tiny drops of water that continually drip on the stone, wearing it away over centuries.

These patterns become our lives. These experiences create the grooves in our mind that are so instilled we don’t even notice them any more.

We become so set in our thinking and our being that only a true shock to the system can create a change in our lives.

That is, unless we purposely look for experiences and situations that are so outside our usual patterns that we learn to create new ones.

Those new patterns, in turn, become our new default and our new way of being.

Want to know what your defaults are? Just listen to what your mind says to yourself when no one else is around.

Listen to how you talk to yourself. Listen to the things you say to yourself about yourself.

Don’t like what your hearing? Then it is time to create a new pattern…

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Why is it that we try so hard to avoid our feelings?

We dampen them with substance. We drown them in drink. We stuff them down with food.

We ignore them by spending all our time on our gadgets and no time just being present.

Is it so frightful to feel that we have to come up with new ways not to feel every day?

The sad part is that there is so much beauty, so much richness in our feelings.

Our feelings tell us so much about ourselves, and how the other person is.

Our feelings let us know when we should be silent, and when we should be engaged.

Our feelings let us know when there is something to deal with, and when we are in the flow.

Our feelings are the key to so much of our lives, yet we do not value them as the treasure they are.

What can we do to pay more attention to our feelings?

Show up, be present, listen to our bodies, and feel what is going on around us and within us.

Our world becomes so much deeper when we do…

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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There is one thing that so powerful it change change all of our lives.

There is one secret weapon that when utilized properly can make a failure a success, or turn a defeat in to a win.

It is something that with just one little adjust, one little change, everything in our world changes.

That one dynamic, potent, universal thing is the story we tell ourselves.

It is the story we tell ourselves about our life, about our relationships, and about our experiences.

It is the story we tell ourselves about our past, our present, and our future.

It is the story we replay inside our heads about who we are, what we are, and how we are.

It is the story that justifies, defends, and protects.

The real secret is… it’s all just a story! And because it’s just a story, and the fact that we are the authors of the story, we are always capable to tell a new story.

Don’t like the circumstances you are in? Tell a new story!

Don’t like the relationships you are in? Tell a new story!

Don’t like the family you are in? Tell a new story!

It does not matter if your new story is true or not, you an make it true. It does not matter if your new story is realistic or not, you will make it a reality. It does not matter if your new story has happened yet or not, just keep telling it and it will happen.

Are we telling ourselves stories of how we are worthy or unworthy?

Are we telling  ourselves stories of how we are good or not good enough?

Are we telling  ourselves stories of how we are lovable or not lovable?

Let’s shift and change the stories that are rolling around inside our heads, and let’s see what shifts and chances in our lives.

Taking control of our stories is remembering that we are the authors of all of our stories!

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Intention is not just a whimsical thought.

Intention is not a daydream or a wish.

Intention is the energy we put into an act, a word, or a feeling.

Intention is what makes the difference between creating an outcome of joy, and one of misalignment.

Intention is how we create a world and a life by design, instead of by default.

Intention is what makes our efforts so powerful and effective.

Taking the time to sit with our intentions and be clear with them is one of the best investments we can make.

Meditating on a course of action is not wasted time, it is the essential space that we need to be clear.

And clarity of intention is one of the most powerful forces of nature.

Have you taken the time to set your intentions today?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Being skeptical is not necessarily a bad thing.

Yet the critical do not see magic.

We often feel that if we’re gullible, we will be taken advantage of. Yet how can we see the wonders of the universe if all we do is look for what is wrong?

There needs to be an opening for us to see a different reality. There needs to be a space where we suspend our disbelief and allow new possibilities to come in.

Just because something is true, does not mean it has to dictate our future.

The world may show us what is real for now, and tomorrow a new reality may appear at our doorstep.

In order to be able to embrace that new reality, we must be a little gullible.

Being a little open to the impossible goes a long way in creating it.

If we focus too much on what is, we do not leave room for what can be.

The possibility of what can be is far more exciting, far more magical, than what is right now.

Yes, it means taking a chance. Yes, it means you might be wrong or get disappointed.

Is that not better than never seeing the magic?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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When we face challenges in our lives, most people have a tendency to push through a problem.

We effort and grit our teeth as we work incredibly hard to get where we want to go.

Yet how often do we stop and think about whether there is a better way?

In today’s world, it’s all about strength of will and sheer determination. It’s about crushing it, pounding on the desk, and sheer force.

We rarely stop to think about the consequences of such an attitude, especially the cost on our health. It also reveals an underlying belief that life doesn’t really support us.

What if, instead of having to “kill ourselves” to get something accomplished, we were able to allow something to blossom?

What if life really does support us when we are in alignment, and we learned to accept how things worked out?

Imagine if you can, what your life would be like if instead of every place where you found you had to exert extreme force, you merely took a step back and tried a different way? How much more could we achieve if we listened to life and paid attention to where there wasn’t resistence?

It all comes down to our beliefs. Do we believe life is constantly guiding us or that we have to go it alone?

Do we believe life wants us to succeed and spread more good things in the world, or is it totally indifferent?

When we choose to believe that life is supporting us, constantly and always, the life we lead becomes one of less struggle, not more. Accomplishment becomes something we receive, instead of something we must work hard at.

Which world would you rather live in?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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The connection between our emotions and our bodies is much deeper than we think.

As humans, we have a tendency to disconnect the physical from the emotional in our minds.

We think that being upset or being happy has no effect on how our bodies function.

Yet the opposite is true. Our feelings and our emotions are intricately intertwined with our physical bodies.

When we are stressed, when we are depressed, when we are frightened, our bodies internal mechanisms all shift.

Our immune systems don’t work as well, the blood flows more slowly or at a heightened rate. Our digestion starts to shut down. Our breathing becomes more shallow and less oxygen makes it into the blood.

When we are joyful, happy and content, our bodies respond by functioning quite well. Our immune system works better, the blood flow to all of our organs is more steady, we breath more deeply and our whole body is nourished.

When we suppress our emotions, the body reacts as well. When we do that over a long period of time, wherever we store those emotions in our bodies, suffers from long term stress, and dis-ease begins to form.

Science is showing us that there is a direct correlation between our emotional health and our physical health.

So if we truly want to be healthy through our entire lives, emotional health is essential.

How do we become emotionally healthy? By expressing and working through our emotional ups and downs instead of hiding them. We all need a safe space in which to express ourselves. Find the one or two people you feel safe with, and express yourself.

A little talking and openness can go a long way…

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Responsibility is a word that gets a lot of use.

We are responsible to our shareholders, our customers, our family and our society.

We are responsible to provide value, to contribute, and to be productive.

We are also responsible to be honest, to have integrity, and to reflect.

Ultimately though, our greatest responsibility is to life. We are responsible to support life and be supported by life.

We are responsible to the planet, and all the various forms of life on the planet.

We are responsible to feed ourselves, not just our bodies, but our spirit, our soul, our essence.

We are also responsible for the energy we bring with us throughout the day.

Are we cheerful or depressed? Are we focused on solutions or problems? Are we supportive of those around us, or are we only concerned with ourselves?

There’s a lot of responsibility to go around, and it is not all ours. What is ours, however, is no one else’s.

Let’s be a little more responsible to life and a little less responsible for harming others.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant