Intuition: Listening to Your Inner GPS

You know that little voice in your head that knows the answers? The one that guides you in the right direction and helps you make good decisions? Chances are you don’t.

We all have an internal GPS, otherwise known as intuition, but in our busy lives, we’ve lost touch with it.

Back in caveman days (before smartphones, social media and Netflix), humans relied on their intuition or ‘sixth sense’. They perked up if a predator was within miles. They instinctively knew where to source food and water.

These days our lives are so overstimulated that messages from our intuitive guide are drowned out. A Mother’s Intuition has been sadly replaced by a Google searches engine.

Our sixth sense, now seldom used, is in danger of being evolutionarily phased out. Being able to see into the future or past is a weird and creepy thing that we no longer understand.

What a waste of a really valuable sense, huh? Losing your intuition because you never use it is like throwing away a Ferrari because you don’t know how to drive a stick shift.

Every January I choose a Word of the Year. (You can read about that process here and see what my previous words have been and how they’ve helped my personal growth.)

My Word of the Year for 2017 = INTUITION

I want to exercise my sense of intuition to make it stronger and then use it to guide me in life. I’ll figure things out more with my heart than with my rational brain. I’ll feel my way through decisions in all areas of my life.

Gary Quinn, author of The Yes Frequency: Master a Positive Belief System and Achieve Mindfulness says that the first phase of rekindling our intuition is to raise our vibrational frequency and the best way to do this is to meditate.

In January of 2016 I discovered the Insight Timer Meditation app and finally got into a daily meditation habit I can’t live without. I also read Ask and It is Given by Esther Hicks and learned what it means to raise my vibrational energy during meditation. Reconnecting with my intuition is about giving myself some quiet time and then listening to that voice within.

How I’ll actively tune in to my inner guidance:

  • Mindfulness. I’ll practice being more present in my day to day life.  I’ll notice when my mind is overactive and bring myself back into the present moment by focusing on the simple act of what I’m doing. I’m unloading the dishwasher.  I’m putting all of the tea spoons into this section, and the forks go here. I’m folding this t-shirt. I’m matching the socks. This will slow down my mind and create a quieter space to hear my intuition when it wants to speak to me.
  • Meditation. I’ll continue with my daily practice, relying less on guided meditations, and using the timer with music option in the Insight Timer app. Having an array of voices and themes to guide me has been fantastic for cementing my new meditation habit. Now I feel ready to use less outside guidance and more inner guidance. It’s a process and I’m being patient.
  • Journaling. I’ve been doing this since I was ten to vent my frustrations or challenges on paper, then allowing my pen to continue as ideas and solutions flow to the surface. This year I’m going to use my journal as a tool for tapping into my intuitive answers before I seek advice from others. The answers lie within me – I need to give myself the space to bring them out. I’ll start a journal entry with, Why am I feeling (anxious / frustrated / down / angry)? What is this about? – then see where it takes me. I’ll keep doing this too with Tapping.
  • Kundalini yoga. I stumbled into this type of yoga quite by accident while living in Madrid. I had no idea what I was in for when I entered the room, but I left feeling like I’d been flooded with love and light. My amazing teacher Gabrielle Thill showed me how to raise my vibrational energies to new levels. I now have a lovely teacher in London, although her class is at a challenging time for me for me to do regularly. I will find ways to bring more Kundalini into my life as I’m sure it strengthens my sense of intuition.
  • Breathing. I know that sounds funny – of course I need to breathe! But I’m now learning how to breathe properly and the incredible benefits of doing so. In Rebecca Dennis’ book And Breathe, she teaches simple ways to use conscious breathing for better health and wellbeing. Breathing fully in and out, releases tension, stress, anxieties, frustration and blockages that prevent us from living our best lives. I’m certain I’ll be able to access my intuition easier when I harness the power of conscious breathing.

And once I start hearing my intuition, I’ll need to truly listen to it, trust it, not second guess it. I’ll write more about this as I gently learn to build my intuitive muscles this year.

In the comments below, I’d love to hear what you think. Would you like to use your inner GPS more often? Do you have enough ME Time for things like meditation, mindfulness, journaling or yoga? What would you like to introduce more of into your life this year?

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  1. Diane on January 9, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    You always give me such good food for thought Kelly P! I never pay attention to this sixth sense and it’s never occurred to me really, so I’m pretty far behind you on this. I’ll start paying more attention now. I would like to start journaling but don’t really know where to start. Any tips? Thank you!

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on January 9, 2017 at 2:18 PM

      Never feel ‘behind’ Diana. It’s all a journey with lots of twists and turns along the way. I’m happy I’ve inspired you to start listening to your inner guide. I’m only just starting too!

      I’ve often thought of doing a blog post about journalling – you’ve inspired me Diane. (See, it works both ways) My take-away tip for now is to get yourself a lovely lined journal, write the date at the top and then a list of 10 things you’re feeling grateful in your life and why. I always think gratitude is a wonderful place to begin. 🙂 xx

  2. Cathy on January 9, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Last year you inspired me to choose a word of the year. I chose simplicity and it really did guide my life in many ways. I cleared a lot of clutter, simplified some of my complicated systems and routines and I feel so much freer as a result!

    This year my word is shine. I want to step out and SHINE a lot more. I spend too much time hiding.

    Love your word too and shall also look for more opportunities to listen to my intuition. Like you said, we have to use it or we’re going to lose it!

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on January 9, 2017 at 2:20 PM

      Yay for SIMPLICITY Cathy! That was my word a few years ago and it had the same affect on me. It made more space in my life, that’s for sure.

      Here’s to you SHINING in the year ahead! I absolutely love that and want to hear how you get on with it over these next few months. x

  3. Fiona on January 9, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Hi Kelly! I started using the Insight Timer meditation app after reading your blog and I have to tell you how much I love it! I love choosing a different one every day and just listening to whatever he or she has to say. I am learning so much in under 10 mins a day.

    I’m doing to have a think about my theme word for this year. I love this idea. 🙂

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on January 9, 2017 at 2:23 PM

      I’m happy you’re also hooked on Insight Timer. I can’t stop telling everyone I meet about it!

      Have you joined my Project Me for Busy Mothers group within the app? Here’s where we all share our favourite meditations and other tips.

      Let us know once you’ve got your Word of the Year. Don’t over think it Fiona – let your intuition be your guide in choosing it. 😉 x

  4. Anne on January 9, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Great word Kelly!
    My word for 2017 is: Allow. 🙂
    I’ve been having 3 words a year for the past 2 years, and I am experimenting this year with just one word. I have the intuition 😉 it will be more powerful.
    Wishing you all the best for this year, and a great book!

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on January 9, 2017 at 9:11 PM

      Allow is a wonderful word Anne! It feels so open and inviting. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead too! xx

  5. Helen on January 9, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Thanks for the post Kelly! I heard about one word intentions rather than resolutions on the Gretchen Rubin ‘Happier’ podcast and of course thought what a good idea it was and then forgot all about it :-). Now your blog post reminds me to do it with some good ideas to keep it front of mind. I’m also going to choose ‘simplicity’ since I’ve been trying to declutter the house and my life for a month or so now – yesterday I donated 4 bags of unwanted clothes. Also think it will be good for my son to simplify his toy pile but that might take more convincing!
    And totally agree the Insight Timer app is wonderful…

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on January 9, 2017 at 9:13 PM

      That must have felt so liberating and meaningful to donate so many bags to charity Helen! Here’s to SIMPLICITY in the year ahead!

      See you over in the Insight Timer app. Ommmmm……. xx

  6. Catarina on January 9, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Intuition, such a good one! I’ll send you a Kundalini Kriya video I recorded related to this 🙂 Still narrowing down my word. Last year it was expansive and boy was that fitting!

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on January 9, 2017 at 9:14 PM

      I just got your email and the meditation link Catarina – thanks SO much!
      I’ll love to hear your word once you’ve chosen it. Use your intuition to help you choose it 🙂 xxx

  7. Erika on January 9, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Great post, and I’ll check out the links.

    I do guided meditation, and that helps me get in contact with my inner guide.

  8. Valerie on January 11, 2017 at 4:02 AM

    I’ve been thinking over this for a day, and I keep coming back to one word, Thrive. ( I didn’t choose a word last year, but looking back – it was probably barely survive -ha!) My 7 year old daughter was reading over my shoulder, I asked her what her word would be and she said Love. So, now we each have one! Interested to see where this will take us.

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on January 12, 2017 at 4:18 PM

      Here’s to THRIViNG and LOVING in your home Valerie! Love it that your sweet daughter has chosen her guiding word for the year too. Be sure to draw or cut out or somehow create a visual for your words to hang as a reminder 🙂

  9. Joel on May 24, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Hi Kelly,

    You bet I would. I think we could all stand to tap into our intuition just a little more. We’ve become far too reliant on technology and other “things” to tell us what to do, where to go, and even how to dress that a part of what makes us human is disappearing.

    Having never been to your site before and liking the Word of the Year Idea, is there a place where you reflect at year’s end on how that word changed your life, the way you think, or even the way you act? I’d be very interested in knowing the end results of your exercise.

    Thanks for the article.


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