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Tuning Into Your Intuition

Today's world can be overwhelming! Technology, screens, and stress appear to dominate society more and more each year. It is all too easy to get caught up in comparing our lives to those we see on social media, or to feel overwhelmed by the never-ending 24-hour news cycle. It is not surprising that we frequently feel trapped in negative cycles of anxiety, fear, and stress.

Thankfully, we are all born with access to a tool that can help us overcome all of the modern obstacles we face. A device that helps us navigate life and stay on the right path. It is our one and only true superpower, an ancient knowledge buried deep within each of us. I'm referring to your intuition here!

The definition of intuition is the capacity to immediately comprehend something without the need for conscious reasoning. In other words, it is the connecting of our conscious and unconscious minds. For instance, have you ever experienced an unexplainable feeling in your gut that told you when you were doing something right or wrong? That was the voice of your intuition. Imagine your life if you had access to this inner guidance system whenever you needed it. That sounds incredible, correct? Who wouldn't wish for more?

Listening and trusting that small voice is a wonderful thing in and of itself, but developing that small voice can make it even more potent. Everyone has the sacred capacity to develop and strengthen their intuition. The more it is utilized, the more it can grow and evolve. Consider your intuition to be a muscle that requires exercise and nourishment to thrive.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past five years, you are aware of the importance of meditating. It is discussed everywhere! We are all aware that we should meditate more. Let's examine meditation through the lens of its ability to help us develop and hone our intuition.

For most individuals, intuition speaks with a very soft voice. If our minds are preoccupied with the stresses of daily life, it can be extremely difficult to hear that small voice. Meditation is a wonderful way to clear the mind, quiet the constant inner dialogue, and make room for our intuition. Try this simple meditation to help you listen to your inner spirit.

-Set an alarm clock for 10 minutes.

-Find a comfortable and relaxing place to sit.

-Close your eyes and stay quiet.

-Listen and feel your breath (really focus on it) without attempting to alter it.

-Observe the breath only. Observe any sensations that emerge. Just BE present.

-When your mind wanders, simply return your attention to your breath.

When the timer goes off, slowly open your eyes and jot down any significant thoughts, messages, feelings, or insights you may have received during your meditation.

During waking hours, our cognitive brain controls our behavior. It uses reason and logic to overcome our subconscious mind. During sleep, however, the conscious mind rests, allowing the inner subconscious to emerge. By listening to this inner consciousness, we can learn a great deal about overcoming obstacles and problems.

Maintain a dream journal. Keep a notebook and pen next to your bed, and as soon as you awaken, write down everything you recall about your dreams. Immediately upon awakening, dreams begin to fade from memory, so you should grab your dream journal before you do anything else. As with most things, this requires practice; with time, you will become more adept at interpreting and recording your dreams. You will be able to recognize patterns and instances in which your inner consciousness is attempting to aid you in problem-solving or provide direction.

Before retiring, visualize yourself recalling your dreams. Imagine waking up and writing down your dreams in a journal. Try to maintain this thought as you drift off to sleep. This will aid in ingraining the practice in your mind and make the next morning easier.

Spending time in nature away from technology is one of the most effective ways to calm the mind. Nature is an excellent way for us to connect with our ancestral self and heavenly intuition. This is where we come from; our ancestors relied solely on their intuition. Intuition was one of the most important aspects of life for locating food, avoiding predators, and finding the right path. Every time we immerse ourselves in the splendor of nature, we have the opportunity to experience another world, one where intuition reigns.

Get creative: Engage in creative activity! Paint, draw, construct, or sketch anything that stimulates your imagination. When we are young, our inner voice is strong and unafraid to be heard. This inner voice is suppressed as we age due to responsibilities and pressures. Utilizing this creative portion of our brain can re-ignite these neural pathways and strengthen our intuitions.

Tune in to all of your senses: You can access your intuition through any of your five senses. It may manifest as a strange or affectionate bodily sensation, or as a seemingly random thought. It could be triggered by a particular aroma or even a taste. Commence noticing and attending to all of your senses. When was the last time you paid close attention to your breathing, sense of smell, and sense of taste? We've all heard the expression "stop and smell the roses," but it can actually aid in the development of intuition. The more you practice tuning into these senses, the more your "sixth sense" will develop.

Putting your hunches to the test is a surefire way to develop your intuition. When going about your daily activities, keep a journal and record every hunch you have. When you hear that small voice, be sure to write it down so you can observe how these hunches play out. It can be as simple as seeing that the forecast for tomorrow calls for rain, but you have a feeling it will be sunny. Perhaps the partner of a friend gives you negative vibes; record your feelings and observe the results. Follow your intuition and observe what you can learn from it.

The conscious brain enjoys routine and order, but the more regimented your life is, the more your inner voice is pushed to the background. When the mind is active, it can be particularly difficult to hear that small voice. Switching things up can confuse your cognitive brain, allowing your intuition to emerge. Get away from the daily grind, slow down, and try something new. Your intuition will be grateful.

Sit down and try to recall a situation in which things did not go according to plan or as desired. Imagine yourself in that situation again, and recall any feelings or moments when you felt that something was amiss. Was there a chance to take a different path? Your subconscious mind may have briefly supplanted your inner voice. Try to evaluate some of these occurrences and search for patterns; search for ways to do things differently in the future. Consider the ways your intuition was attempting to guide you and the messages it was conveying.

Breathework is without a doubt one of the most effective ways to quiet the mind and tune in to your inner voice. Try this 4-7-8 technique to give your intuition a chance to shine and bring your awareness into the present.

Empty your lungs of air to begin.

-Inhale through the nose for four seconds.

-Restrain your breath for seven seconds.

-Slowly exhale through your mouth for eight seconds.

-Repeat the procedure four times.

This 4-7-8 technique is not only useful for enhancing intuition, but also for reducing stress and anxiety. Essentially, the world would be a significantly better place if everyone practiced this simple technique daily!

Consider less, feel more: Our rational brain thinks, while our intuitive brain feels. Our minds are constantly reasoning, pondering, and thinking throughout the day. After so many years of this, we no longer recognize that it is occurring. If people could hear all the questions that our cognitive brain generates throughout the day, they would consider us insane!

Try to "feel" more and slow down. Feelings that are rooted in the physical body are also rooted in the truth. These emotions cannot lie. Learn to listen more to them. Pay close attention to the subtle signals our body sends us. A rapid heartbeat, a knot in the pit of the stomach, feelings of heat, cold, or tingling. You are familiar with this scenario: you meet someone and immediately sense that something is off about them. Perhaps they are deceiving you or mistreating someone; your body can sense this and alert you. If you pay closer attention to these physical cues, you can avoid many unpleasant, painful, or embarrassing situations. This is your intuition attempting to steer you in the correct direction.

This is a great way to test and develop your intuition: practice "sensing" people before meeting them. Before meeting someone, place yourself in a situation where you can observe them from a distance.

Imagine you are in line at a coffee shop; before you speak with or meet the person behind the counter, try to imagine what they will be like. Take in everything you can about them simply by observing them and relying on your instincts. Create a mental image of what they will be like, how they will sound, whether they are friendly and sociable or not. This can be used to test your intuition in almost any situation. This is a potent and actionable method for connecting with your senses, body, and inner voice.

It is easy in this day and age to focus on the negative aspects of life and forget all that we are fortunate to have. We all do it! It is so simple to disregard our health, the love of our families, food and water, our home, and our community. Over the years, I've fallen away from self and self love, my journey back to a good space emotionally and spiritually, led me to a path to connect back to self and self love. If I can pull myself back into self love, so can you! Take the time every day to acknowledge and express gratitude for the incredible blessings in your life. This simple practice can open us up to a higher frequency and attract more of life's marvels to us.

-Thankfulness strengthens relationships.

-Gratitude improves sleep.

-Thankfulness enhances physical health.

-Gratitude improves self-esteem.

-Thankfulness increases empathy and decreases aggression.

-Thankfulness enhances psychological health.

The benefits of practicing gratitude have been scientifically investigated and proven to be effective, powerful tools. Consider how drastically a few of these positive benefits could alter our daily lives. Gratitude can truly unlock a plethora of doors to a better life, thereby fostering the growth of our intuitions!

I hope you found insight to your own journey. Please subscribe to my blog! I also have a YouTube Channel ! I have a link to one of my daily journals below.

After a lifetime of exploration; 2020 Covid life, led me to a full time focus on the gifts of meditation, alternative health and spiritual well being.

Anything I share comes from a place of healing from within myself and in no way is meant to replace professional medical advice.

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