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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

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What does it really mean to do our work?

Not our jobs or our businesses, but the deep work that makes us grow and allows our soul to shine?

It’s not about what we tell others, or how we appear in public.

It’s about learning how to be more true to ourselves, and how we show up in the world.

Are we contributing or taking? Are we being truthful or hiding? Are we taking our internal struggles and putting them on others?

Or are we facing our deepest, darkest secrets and unraveling the trauma and the pain?

We often think that if we show our hurt and pain to others they will think less of us. In reality, we become easier to relate to and more human.

We all have experiences that cause us to feel doubt and shame. Being truthful about it, and really working on it, not only make sour lives better, it serves as an inspiration to others.

The world needs more people to step up, bare their soul, and show us how to heal.

The world needs more courageous spirits to lead the way into a brighter day.

So let’s stop hiding and start being the light that shines in a darkened room.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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We all seek recognition.

Recognition for a job well done, for a live well lived. Recognition for our accomplishments.

This is not about ego. This is about feeling that our work and our presence is valued.

Where we get in trouble is when we give away our power to the opinion of others.

There is nothing wrong with feeling good when someone pays us a compliment. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the feeling of being appreciated.

Yet, when we rely too much on other to appreciate us and we look for validation from others, we are often disappointed.

A more centered approach is to validate ourselves, to appreciate ourselves to the point that we do not care if others appreciate us.

When we know we have value to give, when we feel in our hearts that we’ve done the best that we can do, and we give ourselves a pat on the back, then we own our own greatness.

The interesting thing is that when we do that, others magically begin to see us more. They recognize us more and appreciate us more.

Other can only reflect back to us when we are putting out. When we feel not enough, other will reflect back to us that we are no enough.

When we strong in our contribution, others will reflect that back to us as well.

The most important person to receive validation from is ourselves. Once we learn that lesson, validation becomes unimportant.

The surest way to liberation from the opinions of others is to value our own opinion above all else.

Then suddenly, everyone else’s opinion shifts.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant