You can't explain it.
You can't define it.
You know it when you feel it.
And, modern culture teaches us not to trust it.
We're taught to concentrate on facts and logic. But when there's lots of change and upheaval happening, we need to pay attention to intuition more than ever.
When making decisions in life, we question our choices and wonder if we're doing the right thing. This is normal.
What isn't normal is letting doubts and fears control our lives.
This is where trust comes in. Trusting your intuition means listening to your inner voice and following its guidance, even when it goes against the grain.
It's about being brave enough to live your truth, even when others may not understand or agree with you.
When you listen to your intuition, you're tapping into a powerful source of wisdom that knows what's best for you.
It's a way of living from your authentic self and staying true to your highest path.
Intuition can help you make better decisions, navigate challenging situations, and find creative solutions to problems. It can help you get your life back on track when you get blown off course.
How to Listen to Your Inner Voice
Start by taking time to quiet your mind and focus on your breath each day.
As you breathe in and out, pay attention to the sensations in your body and the thoughts that come into your mind.
Don't judge or analyze what you're feeling or thinking; just let yourself be present with the experience.
This practice will help you become more attuned to the subtle promptings of your inner voice.
Another way to connect with intuition is to journal your experiences and feelings. Writing down what you're going through can help you gain clarity and deeper understanding.
Other methods include meditation, prayer, and spending time in nature.
Experiment until you find an approach or combination of practices that work for you, and trust that the answers will come in time.
Be open to new experiences. Sometimes our intuition leads us down a path we would never have thought of if we weren't listening.
Follow your joy. When living in alignment with our true selves, we feel joyful. So follow those moments of joy and see where they lead you. They will often take you exactly where you need to go.
If you feel excited, interested, and/or passionate about something, that's your intuition saying, "Go in that direction."
Conversely, if you feel bored, uninterested, and/or drained by something, your intuition is communicating that change is needed. "Go in a new direction."
You can also ask yourself how it feels in your body. Does it feel expansive and open, or constricted and closed?
Intuition always leads us toward expansion and growth, so if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
Use It or Lose It
Listening to and trusting intuition is like learning any skill. The more you use it, the better you get at it.
Intuition becomes second nature when you practice it. And that's how you learn to trust it.
When you trust your intuition, you will start noticing more synchronicities. Finally, things will begin to fall into place, and you will feel like a higher power is guiding you.
You will also find that you no longer second-guess yourself or doubt your choices, resulting in more inner peace.
And that's something we could all use more of.
4 Ways Trusting Your Intuition Is a Superpower | Forbes Women
How to Befriend Your Inner Critic
Another internal voice we all have is that of the inner critic. It's not volitional; it resides in your nervous system and it's never going away. So you might as well befriend it as best you can.
How to Make Friends with Your Inner Critic | Washington Post
Become an Explorer of the Uncertain
Have you ever felt lost in your life? It can be scary. But I've learned that in the midst of all the uncertainty, the most important things can happen. Being lost can stimulate your imagination and give you useful new perspectives.
Knowing How to Get Lost to Find Yourself Again | Exploring Your Mind
This Uplifting Book Would Make a Lovely Gift
It's no secret how much I love books. Especially big, beautiful, well-made hardcovers written by people I admire that lift my spirits in some way.
I've been enjoying Grace Bonney's Collective Wisdom since it was published about a year ago.
I keep it handy so that I can dip in and out often, and I can tell I'll be doing so for years to come.
This intelligent, high-quality written interview with the author made me admire her even more:
Grace Bonney Shares Her Wisdom | Gloria
Little Bits of Light
Words to open your heart and refresh your spirit
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