Consciousness. It\u2019s the thing we all aim for. We want to elevate ourselves higher than the mere state of physical being. We want to become something more. We want to expand! But what does being conscious\u00a0mean, anyway?\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s defined\u00a0as \u201cthe state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself.\u201d\r\n\r\nSo to become more consciousness, you need to understand everything around you, but yourself as well. How do you achieve such a level?\r\n\r\nLet\u2019s see: these are the four aspects of consciousness you need to start working on:\r\n1. Environmental Awareness\r\nAs a human, you are responsible to protect, respect, and preserve the environment that surrounds you. Humans have caused and keep causing terrible harm to our planet. The environment is a very complex, but fragile system that may collapse if we keep treating it the way we do.\r\n\r\nThis is where your journey to healthy consciousness starts: be aware of the way all your actions affect our planet.\r\n\r\nThe first step is to learn about our planet\u2019s declining health. You can do that by taking an online course. Introduction to Sustainability\u00a0at Coursera is a great one!\r\n\r\nThen, off to actions. There are some important changes to make in your life. Plastic, for example, needs to go. Plastic straws, water bottles, shampoo packages\u2026 all these items seem so innocent, but they are polluting our environment to an unimaginable extent.\r\n\r\nThere are other changes you can make in your life, too. Instead of driving to work or school, take public transport or rely on your bike. Invest in solar energy and buy energy-saving home appliances. This will be a big change, but who said becoming conscious was easy?\r\n\r\n \r\n2. Yoga\r\nYoga has become one of the most important consciousness movements across the world. That\u2019s for a good reason: it\u2019s a very helpful tool for energizing the body and calming the mind. When you commit to a balanced yoga program that includes not only physical techniques, but breathing and meditation as well, you\u2019ll become stronger. You\u2019ll start the journey to finding your inner peace.\r\n\r\nNow you might be wondering: \u201cWhat kind of yoga should I do?\u201d\r\n\r\nThat depends on your preferences. If there\u2019s a good local studio you can become part of, do it! Guided practice is usually necessary at the beginning. If you can\u2019t fit scheduled classes in your day or you can\u2019t find a good teacher in your area, you can start practicing yoga through online guidance. You can experiment with Vinyasa, Yin, Iyengar, and other types of yoga until you find the style that works for you. But make sure to include breathing, relaxation, and meditation techniques as well!\r\n\r\nSo when will you achieve consciousness if you start practicing yoga? That\u2019s a common question among beginners, and it\u2019s a tricky one because it doesn\u2019t have an answer. You can\u2019t achieve\u00a0consciousness. This is not some goal that you can reach. It\u2019s a journey. Once you go down that road, you\u2019ll be making infinite progress as long as you commit to a daily practice. Yoga should become an integral part of your life.\r\n3. Your Professional Life\r\nIf we try to categorize life in the simplest way possible, these are its two aspects: personal and\u00a0professional\u00a0life. In terms of personal life, consciousness is related to the daily decisions you make. You decide whether or not you\u2019ll pollute the environment. You decide whether or not to practice yoga. You decide whether or not to be kind to other people.\r\n\r\nBut you know what? You also decide whether or not your work will contribute towards a more conscious self.\r\n\r\nHannah Grey, career advisor from UK Careers Booster, explains: \u201cWhen someone is looking for career directions, I don\u2019t just ask what they would want to do. I asked them how that job would contribute to society\u2019s well-being. We need to understand how each and every action reflects itself onto other people and the environment. If you\u2019re a loan officer at a bank, for example, you\u2019re not just giving loans to people and reminding them to return the debt. You\u2019re practically affecting someone\u2019s life with your job. So do your best to make that effect as good as possible. That\u2019s what consciousness\u00a0is all about.\u201d\r\n4. Food\r\nMany people are ready to start practicing yoga on a daily basis, ban all plastic from their lives, and even change their jobs to contribute towards a better society. But when it comes to eating clean, the change is a hard one to make.\r\n\r\nWhy does that happen? We\u2019re so attached to food as part of our daily living that we can\u2019t imagine a fundamental change in that aspect.\r\n\r\nBut this is a very possible change, and it\u2019s one that we all have to make.\r\n\r\nFirst, you have to become aware of the food you eat. What\u2019s that in your plate? Maybe you\u2019ve been eating instant oatmeal for breakfast for years and you assumed it was healthy. But check those ingredients! The flavor comes from sugars that you can easily avoid. Why not make your own oatmeal with fruits and honey?\r\n\r\nStart swapping your usual meals with healthier options. Eat tons of fruit and veggies. Don\u2019t even think of McDonalds! It will be hard. You\u2019ll slip here and there. But it\u2019s important to get back on the healthy road. Be conscious about what you eat. That food becomes you. \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\r\n5. It\u2019s Your Choice to Make\r\nYour family, friends, pets, job\u2026 all these things make you happy. But is that enough for living a fulfilled life? Sooner or later, you\u2019ll realize that it\u2019s also important to \u201craise your vibration.\u201d You being part of this world means something. When you become aware of that, you\u2019ll want to become conscious about everything else. At that point, it\u2019s important to make the right start. The four aspects we listed above are the first ones to address.