Most people think they are “Conscious” because they can breathe, think, walk, talk, etc. While those are blessings in my life that I love to appreciate, truth be told, I think with a deep Awareness practice most of us can do much, much more than that. If we start by defining “Consciousness” we can then look at how it can work within a business environment.
According to Merriam Webster, “Consciousness” is defined as the following:
- the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself
- the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact
- the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought
This is a great start if you are relatively new on the path to higher consciousness. Once we are conscious of ourselves in this way on a consistent daily schedule, not just a few times a week or month, we will start to see how all aspects of life; our relationships to ourselves and others, to the environment, to our food, our words, emotions, thought and deeds as well as the Universe and our very Soul, does deep down this rabbit hole.
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. – Lao Tzu
As we grow in our awareness of ourselves and our lives, we can add other dimensions, such as our work life. For entrepreneurs, our whole business can receive the power and beauty of our awareness, therefore, bringing “Consciousness” to our approach, our philosophy and ultimately to all of our daily business workings.
I have thousands of examples to cite in my implementation of Conscious Business practices and here is one that happened recently which reminded me how important it is. A good friend of mine brought me a project that seemed like a ‘slam dunk’, a great project with great people. Well, it turned out to be one of the most trying projects of my career. Turns out the owner of the business really had no idea what he wanted and kept changing his mind.
Ultimately, we all decided it was best we went our separate ways. My team and I had invested 100’s of hours into the project and now it was time to get paid. There was resistance, my friend was busy with other projects and I was left holding the bill with no clear way of how it was going to work out.
Instead of worrying, I decided to practice what I preach, be patient, kind, compassionate, and have faith it would all work out. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to relax, let go, watch and just keep seeing the outcome I hoped for and see the best working out for all involved. It took time, but in the end a couple months later, the project was paid for. I was already working on 2 new very lucrative and creative projects with the same friend, and even the ‘ex-client’ and I had a very amicable resolution so that we kept the door open to working together in the future.
Over the last 2 decades, as I have aimed to deepen and expand my Consciousness, applying what I have learned to my businesses has been one of the most rewarding journeys I have ever been on. As an entrepreneur, I aim to serve my clients, my employees, my vendors, my community and ultimately myself and my family. I see my businesses as simply extensions of my life, of who I Am, and what I can become.
I have a vision that as more of us become Conscious Business practitioners of the deepest parts of ourselves, and begin applying it in our business lives in an effort towards cooperation and to collaboration rather than to competition, the whole business world will then be transformed. We can see aspects of this all over the globe, and The Alchemy Cafe is on the cutting edge of that philosophy and direction. I am honored to be on this path serving The Alchemy Cafe, and its Founder, Laura Gevanter, in the absolute best ways that I can so that more of this beautiful and profound information can continue to integrate into global societies so we can all be happier, healthier and more successful throughout our lives and our businesses.
Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer. – Barbara DeAngelis