What does it mean to be conscious?

From the Latinconscious aging, word conscius or “to know”, various online dictionaries describe it as awake and able to understand what is happening around you; aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings; characterized by or having an awareness of one’s environment and one’s own existence, sensations, and thoughts.

Everything offered through Savvy Senior Services is an aspect of Conscious Aging. From learning how computers can help you live a happier, more informed life, to classes and conferences on “The Art of Living Longer”, to helping you to Tell Your Story or declutter your living space, I am always moving towards your awareness of who you are, and what you are doing with your life at this time.

Living consciously means looking more closely at the choices you have made in the past and how they have informed who you are and extrapolating from that what is meaningful to you. Because life without meaning and purpose is a life that has stopped expanding, stopped growing. Tony Robbins says it perfectly. “When you stop growing, you start dying.”

The Conscious Aging Movement

According to Robert C. Atchley, PhD and noted Gerontologist, conscious aging is about “developing and nurturing a contemplative life and engaging in service rooted in the higher levels of consciousness that a contemplative life makes available.”

A major part of this work involves an examination of one’s life and an understanding of how apparently negative events often lead to positive outcomes.  Inner work is also essential to relieve oneself of the burden of resentment and anger that can accumulate over a lifetime. – Zalman Schachter-Shalome, the ‘father’ of the Conscious Aging Movement.