Updated: Feb 22
Intuition - an instinctive hunch that governs your choices and decisions
As part of my COVID-19 series, I've been looking at ways to improve my routine, my performance at work, and my relationships, and to also stay on track with a very long list of goals I put together at the end of 2019. To say that it has been a steep learning curve would be a gross understatement. I don't think there is a single person out there who hasn't had to make changes to the way they live their life. I certainly have. Whether it's making adjustments to the way I work at home, the way I get my exercise in, or the way I approach my personal and professional goals, this year has required a lot of commitment, focused attention on health, time for reflection, acceptance in the form of adaptability, and a proactive approach centred on being flexible. In addition to all of the above, I've had to tune in to myself more. How do I feel? How well rested am I? How much exercise am I getting it? How is my performance at work?
With more time being spent at home, it's easy to get stuck in a cycle of bad habits. Whether we're sitting down for too long, not walking enough, getting distracted, adjusting to changing restrictions or getting inundated by developing news around the world, tuning in to ourselves is now more important than ever. With less to do outside, we're now getting a chance to focus on our internal worlds. Intuition is one of the components that make up our internal worlds and it can broadly be defined as the hunch we get every time we see or hear something, every time we need to make a judgment or every time we need to make a decision. While some people say that intuition isn't reliable because it factors in all our biases, fears, and insecurities, I believe that with practice we can learn to tune in to pure intuition which is a distilled version of the automatic hunch that we're used to. They say our gut is our second brain and there is scientific evidence that proves how important our gut is (in many ways it is just as important as our brain, if not more). By learning to tune in to ourselves we can start to distil that intuitive hunch which comes from our gut.
There are many ways to improve our intuitive ability. One way to do this is by getting in the habit of checking in with ourselves. How do we feel emotionally, physically, and mentally? Are we expressing our emotions on a daily basis or are we suppressing them? Are we moving enough or are we going from our bed to our desk and then back to our bed? Are we clear-headed or do we feel fuzzy? By checking in throughout the day we'll start to really tune in. Next, it's important to acknowledge whatever it is we're feeling without judging it. Non-judgement is a key concept in this platform and will keep coming up as we explore more and more themes. If we feel that we're suppressing our emotions, it's okay to acknowledge that. Before we can make tangible changes we need to first get a clearer understanding of how we feel emotionally, physically, and mentally. Once we start to understand ourselves better, it'll become easier to break down areas of our lives and to come up with creative ways to flourish despite all the uncertainty, restriction, and fear we're all facing (in one way or another).
As with most things in life, practice makes perfect so practising these tools on a daily basis will bring about more flow in our lives. When we don't know what we don't know it becomes difficult to pinpoint the emotional blockage or resistance that gets in the way of our lives. As we get better at trusting ourselves and our feelings, our intuition will offer us more accurate insight into different areas of our life. What you put in is exactly what you'll take out. If you judge yourself, if you let your insecurities take over or if you settle for negativity in your life, your intuitive hunch will reflect all this in your experience of life. If however, you tune in, accept how you are feeling, and make small effective changes to areas that require fine-tuning, you will begin to fuel your intuition with compassion, empathy, and self-love which will then allow your brain, body, and gut to operate more optimally.
1. Commit to tuning in to your emotional, physical and mental state of being
2. Understand the importance of your intuitive powers
3. Ask yourself if you're experiencing any emotional blockage or internal resistance
4. Focus on gaining a clear understanding of your state of being