Your intuition, also known as your voice of wisdom, is the kind one that speaks strength to you, that encourages you and builds you up, and does its best to help your grow. Your intuition will never berate you or tear you down. So when you listen for your intuition, you’ll know it because it’s there trying to guide you away from harm and toward what you most want for your life.
Your intuition can also be a feeling that guides you. If you feel drawn to, excited by the thought of, at home with, comforted and nourished by something, and the like, that’s likely something you ought to be pursuing or at least trying and seeing if it’s for you. In the opposite way, if you feel unease, discomfort, stiff, like you need to bolt, and the like, then that’s something you need to get away from immediately.
You probably have questions about yourself or your life.
Questions like: What is my passion? What’s the next right step? What do I want my life to look like? Where do I want to go from here? With specific questions like that, your best bet is to go somewhere quiet with your favorite beverage, ask what you want to know, then be still and listen for the answers.
You also probably want to know if you’re going in the right direction and/or doing the right things for yourself. Your intuition will tell you that, too. It’ll most likely come in the form of a feeling. You’ll have comfort and ease if you’re moving in the direction you want to go. Or you’ll have restlessness and unease if you’re heading down a path that isn’t in your best interests.
Listen for your intuition because it speaks to you all the time.
It’s always trying to guide you to the next right thing. So even when you’re doing anything (and I mean, anything) in your daily life, no matter how quiet and simple or loud and chaotic, your intuition is still there, doing its best to guide you. So do yourself a kindness and be aware that your intuition is always right there with you, regardless of what you’re doing, and it’ll reveal what you need to have/be/do/say at any given moment.
One caveat: your intuition is of no use if you won’t listen to it and do what it says.
A lot of times your head gets in the way and tries to fight your intuition.
Sometimes (especially for the stuff that’s bad for you) that’s out of arrogance (I know best, I’m doing it my way, I want this). It could also be out of advice from others (so and so said this is the best/only way). Maybe it’s because you don’t implicitly trust yourself to know what’s best for you and/or you don’t want to take responsibility for your own life.
But mostly, I believe, you fight your intuition because of fear, specifically fear of change and the unknown. What your intuition is trying to do is help you grow into the person you want and are meant to be. In order to do that, you have to leave your comfort zone, which is familiar and known to you. And your intuition’s job is to guide you out of that zone, into the unknown and into the life before you.
So how do you listen for your intuition and do what it says?
- Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it briefly, then let it out slowly through your mouth.
- Move in the direction your intuition is telling you. Sometimes that’s a leap toward what you need to have/be/do/say. More often than not, though, it’s just a step. So you take that one step, as small as it needs to be to not scare yourself.
- Repeat. One deep breath. One small step. Over and over again.
- Trust yourself. You’ve lived with yourself all these years; you know yourself better than anyone else.
- Every time you listen to your intuition and do what it says, you’ll grow your self-trust even more.
- And it’s the self-trust you need to succeed. To trust yourself implicitly, you need to listen to your intuition and do what it says every single time.
- Know this: you’ll do yourself such a kindness (avoiding painful situations, not going in circles in your life and wasting time, finding what makes you come alive then doing it, experiencing true joy, and on the list goes) if you’ll just heed your intuition the first time.
So will you listen for your intuition and do what it says today (and every day)?