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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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In a world of distraction, being present to a given moment is a skill.

We get distracted by all kinds of devices, often engaging in conversations while working on some task.

We type, talk, and text all in one minute. While this may promote productivity, it decreases our ability to focus.

Parallel processing may be great for computers and other mechanical inventions. For consciousness, not so much.

To truly be present to the person we are with takes concentration and attention. If our thoughts and focus is scattered over six different activities, how can we concentrate?

Yet, when we show up and truly be with someone, magic can happen.

Suddenly you can feel how they are doing without asking a question. You notice things about the person you never noticed before. The connection that comes with presence is palpable.

Being present, even to just given task, is not a chore. It is a gift we give ourselves.

When we are present to the world around us, when we live life in the present moment without judgment or distraction, we experience something wondrous.

Have you taken the time to be present today?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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As humans, we are social creatures.

Connection is what we thirst for. Connection is what we hunger for.

Yet connection is a tricky thing.

We connect with others based on a myriad of different criteria.

It may be based on looks, background, beliefs, or any number of subjective characteristics.

And then something interesting happens. As we learn more about others and take it to a deeper, more personal level, suddenly the connection we felt gets lost.

We learn that the first set of criteria for connection weren’t enough for us. We learn that although the person may look like a person we want to connect with, when we learn more about their beliefs or habits, we no longer feel the connection we first sought.

As the superficial gives way to the deeper, more intrinsic nature, we learn what things we really care about most in connecting with others.

This soul level or energetic level of connection feeds us far more than something that is only temporary.

We seek connection with those who inspire us, uplift us, believe in us when we don’t believe in ourselves.

Connecting with our true tribe, the tribe that is our family by conviction not blood, can be our truest place of belonging.

Keep in mind, they are not mutually exclusive. Sometimes they are the same tribe. Yet in modern times where we have the ability to connect to any group any where in the world, the choices are far more vast than they have ever been before.

Welcome to the Age of Connection!

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant