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.
Albert Einstein understood it.
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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