One good thing about practicing consciousness daily is the ability to identify my emotions and control them a little bit better. The other morning on my way into work, I found myself getting very frustrated with drivers. Even though there are things that drivers do that frustrate me on a recurring basis (like my Ughhh post), it's rare that just normal, commuting driving gets under my skin. That signaled to me that I was irritable.
I gave some thought as to why I was irritable. I didn't sleep well the night before. I also have had fairly consistent muscle pain in my leg that I've been dealing with for almost 2 weeks now. Although I believe identifying the trigger for my irritability would be ideal, in this case I wasn't as concerned with identifying the trigger as I was managing my irritability.
The simple recognition that I was irritable increased my awareness when I engaged with others. The heightened awareness allowed me to ensure what I may have been thinking with my "inside voice" didn't end up manifesting in my "outside voice."
Consciousness has transformed my life, even with little things like this. It affords me insights and control over my behaviors that I didn't have before.
Be open to what comes.