How often do you give yourself space to observe what you are feeling and the thoughts that come and go? How do you respond in situations? Do you know how the foods you eat make you feel or if how difficult conversations bring a sense of stress and anxiety into your life?
We’ve lost a lot of our intuition in today’s society. We have large amounts of information coming at us all the time and we never sit back and listen to what is inside. We are always seeking more and more. More books, more podcasts, more information on others, more news, etc. I am just as guilty as the next person of this, but we need to find time to listen to our own intuition.
This takes practice and starts with awareness. Instead of blindly going through the day rushing from task to task and checking off our to-do list, we must learn to become aware of our thoughts and our reactions. This is incredibly difficult as we age and juggle careers, kids, and family, but cultivating your intuition and awareness will have long-term benefits.
When we are just checking off the to-do list, we become short-term focused and lose our sense of purpose. We also allow our relationships to lapse because we aren’t having real conversations. We aren’t communicating with our partner about our needs and wants. Hell, most of us have no idea what those are anymore. We are rushed along with whatever the buzz is on the internet. If you’re feeling rushed through life and ready to make a change, you can.
Start by setting aside five minutes for yourself daily. Sit with your thoughts, breathe, and check-in with your body. Where are you holding tension? What thought keeps coming back over and over again? Make note of those. Write it down and come back to it at the end of the day and reflect. Spend one month doing this practice. At the end of the month, see what the repetitive patterns are that keep popping up. From here you can begin to look into those a little more deeply.