I am fortunate to have been able to listen to Guruji Mahendra Trivedi give a discourse recently. My understanding, as he spoke about raising your consciousness you need to connect with your beingness or Spirit.
The way to do this is through chintan, nightly, as you lay in bed, you review your life. You look at the decisions you have made and how those choices have affected your life path. This will only help if you are brutally honest with yourself and recognize that you are responsible for the
outcomes in your life; look at the actions you have taken and also look at the passive inaction that also affects your outcomes.
When you are an adult, 21 and older, you are responsible for the choices that you make.
Chintan is also examining each time you deluded yourself about yourself or another person, making excuses for yours or others behavior in words,thoughts and deeds.
Reviewing your life by doing chintan gives you the opportunity to change how you operate in the world of your making.The ability to honestly look at your life creates the opportunity for you to change and move closer to your Beingness.