For the next several weeks we will explore the topic of authenticity. I will be sharing tidbits of my upcoming 10-week workshop series: Journey to Authenticity. Did you miss last weeks article? View it – here
Our continued journey into authenticity this week includes a discussion on intuition. By the way – The Journey to Authenticity program now begins on March 7 for a fresh start in Spring!
The way we make decisions is primarily through our intuition, or we might even call it gut instinct. Our decisions can be ‘guided’ all day. Do you realize how many choices and decisions you make every moment of your day? Have you stopped to consider how you make choices and decisions in your life; both on a daily and long-term basis?
From the time you get up in the morning you are making minor and major decisions. Here are a few examples:
Upon waking: you decide on the time; do I hit snooze? Do I exercise or continue sleeping? Do I eat before I leave for work, or do I grab something on the way – or do I even bother? Do I make a nutritious lunch? Do I stop long enough to take a few minutes to set an intention for my day or do I allow others to dictate my mood and agenda? At work: do I attend to emails, phone calls or do I go for coffee instead? Do I make plans for dinner or not?
Am I making decisions based on what I need and what feels good, and contributes to my overall wellness and pleasure in life – or am I doing things to look good in the eyes of others and make everyone happy? Am I taking care of everyone else’s needs and ignoring my own?
Do you know what you need, want and desire in your life; and what truly makes your heart sing?
Intuition helps us along our path in life. It might be the little voice you hear that reminds you to take your umbrella in the morning even though the sun is shining brightly. The feeling that urges you to turn right instead of left at a stop light. You get a feeling about someone and ignore it, only to find out later that you were right all along. Often when we meet someone we get a feeling – I call it my spidey senses tingling. Something does not feel right and maybe a few months later you find out why you were right on the mark.
You may find that it difficult figuring out what is next for you in life. You may feel a strong desire for change. Only you know best what is right for you. What we want is for life to move along smoothly, with no bumps in the road. This is not always the case, however, when we learn to tap into this inner knowing – our intuition- we can often avoid the bumps by making informed choices.
Here are 2 approaches that I like to use to make choices and decisions:
- I ask myself this: which decision takes me further along my path, which decision takes me further away from it?
- Imagine both scenarios to yourself: in as much detail as you can. Take yourself through each one in turn and tune in to how your body responds. Do you sense a feeling of lightness, excitement and joy? Or do you feel your stomach begin to churn or get tight? When you decide which way feels right to you, then you simply take one step at a time. Making a list and clearly visualizing your future can be powerful ways to make it real and manifest in your life.
Listening to ourselves allows us to take these next steps in our life…maybe baby steps, which is just fine…as long as they are in the direction of our heart’s longing. Dreams, desires, longings aren’t just casual feelings, but are our heart’s compass guiding us in our lives. Each and every decision affects the success of our day, our wellness and our happiness.
Trust in your own divine inner guidance. It will always be faithful, always be true, and always guide you along your true path. The more you connect with yourself the more you are able to access the knowledge that you hold in your heart.