Trusting Our Intuition
I know that many of you have read my book, Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom. And you also know that one of my greatest discoveries was to learn to trust my intuition. That was quite the contrary to how I was living my life––by sheer logic and determination (what some might refer to as stubbornness).
Yet, I dug myself the deepest hole ever by relying solely on my logic. Not only was logic behind “my” plan to retire at 55 with a very healthy 401K by working 70-80 hour weeks, when I became ill, it was the driving force behind me trying to project manage my way back to my health.
It didn’t work.
While our knowledge and experience is important, I’ve found that my intuition is my best guide when it comes to making decisions. When I trust my hunches, synchronicity abounds. I’m guided in the right direction. I see “signs” everywhere––on postcards, on the back of magazines, in songs, and through the words of my friends, colleagues, and family.
In his book, Synchrodestiny: Discover the Power of Meaningful Coincidence to Manifest Abundance in Your Life, Dr. Deepak Chopra says there are no coincidences––just guidance.
When I trust the guidance I receive, life works. My power lies in listening and acting on that intuition. So far, I have fared well by doing so.
Meditation––the Pathway to Intuition
During my recovery from my illness, I turned to meditation to tap into my inner wisdom and build my intuition muscle. I would sit for thirty minutes a day and be in a place inside of me that rests outside of logic and time. I know that’s how I was able to make the changes I made to regain my health and redesign my lifestyle–– in a healthy and more joyous way.
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, said, “If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things. That’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more…You see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”
I definitely saw more than I saw before. I found the map of my journey to peace, purpose, and freedom.
Obstacles to Trusting Our Inner Knowing
Fear is usually the greatest obstacle to trusting our intuition. We place more weight on worry and contemplating the “what ifs” than that peaceful feeling inside of us that tells us a decision or direction we’re heading is “right.”
Remember, logic can often be our biggest nemesis. We frequently make arguments as to why something won’t work or isn’t a good fit for us by relying on our logic. Used judiciously and consciously, logic is a great skill set. However, when we use our logic to make an argument against something that is calling us to a higher level of consciousness or opportunity, we perpetuate our old stories and we remain stuck in our current, often unhealthy, circumstances.
So let me ask you:
- What synchronicities are calling your attention?
- What are they asking of you?
- How are you responding?
My greatest gift to you is to encourage you to believe in yourself and the wisdom that is waiting to guide you to live your greatest life and your most adventurous journey.
P.S. I frequently post on my Facebook page inspirations, realizations, and insights I have during my day-to-day adventures. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/cindyhensonjungle/ I invite you to Like my page to ensure that you are notified of my updates.
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