Do you know what it is? Can you define it, or do you just kind of have an unstated understanding of what it is?
Intuition [in-too-ish-uh n, -tyoo-]
1. Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
2. A fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
3. A keen and quick insight.
4. The quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
Above are definitions of intuition as given by dictionary.com, but prior to me searching I felt that intuition is just one of those things that you cannot really put into words. You know what it is; we all instinctively have it, whether we use it or not.
The unusual impulse. A funny urge. That tiny voice in your head. All of these things are your intuition at work. But what is it telling you, and should you listen?
Do you follow your intuition, or are you one of those people that find yourself wishing you had?
I wish I could tell you I am one of those people who are highly in-tuned with my “inner being” and I follow my intuition more times than not.
If that were the case, I wouldn’t have most of the stories that I usually have to tell, cause I normally get that “intuition nudge” that many know as just “the feeling in your gut” more times than not. Because I have not learned to fully trust myself, I often go in the opposite direction of my intuition.
I'm working on it yall!
As I get older, I am learning more and more that I need to trust my gut, listen to that inner small voice I hear, follow my God given intuition.
Here are 4 things you can do to better tune into your intuition and listen to your “gut”:
1. Trust your instinct
While you probably should not base all of your decisions on intuition, you have to learn to trust your God-given instincts. Because it can be difficult to depend on something that you don't even fully understand, this can be easier said than done.
In times when you feel like something just is not right, or that everything right with it - roll with it! There are times when you would be absolutely better off following it than not, such as concerns about your health, safety, or your ability to help in a situation. All in all, you have to trust that feeling you get in your gut – embrace it!
2. Observe more
Observe things that happen around you, your response, and the outcome. Note if you were okay with the outcome or if you were left with that feeling that you should have followed your first mind.
Taking note of when these things happen can help you follow and tune in to that gut feeling.
3. Clear up the clutter
Our lives are so busy now days. I do not know about you, but I am always on the go; my appointments and activities, the kid’s things, my hubby and his schedule – there is always something to do and somewhere to be; even the dog has occasional appointments.
With being on the move all the time, I sometimes don’t make the best decisions. I end up making decisions hastily, not even giving my intuition a chance to click on or tune in to what I have going on.
If you are one of those people with an overbooked calendar, you may want to consider taking a look at it and determining what things you can cross off to allow yourself some more time to relax and really just tune in. Which leads me right in to my next point.
4. Slow Down
Being busy, constantly multitasking, and being wired to phones, computers and tablets, along with stress and exhaustion can all suffocate intuition.
Sometimes we have to just stop and let our minds rest, refresh and regroup so when we hear our inner voice we can actually hear it clearly rather than wondering if we are crazy or not hearing it at all.
Pump your brakes and stop for just a moment and tune in.
5. Realize hard work is not a STOP sign
Being busy or moving too fast is not always the reasons that we do not trust our intuition. Instead, sometimes the promise of safety and security, bring us to a place of settling for decisions in life that can be far removed from what we dream or even deserve.
Sometimes the best decision is camouflaged as seemingly impossible work, a hard time, or something others would deem as unattainable, thus it tricks our minds into a false sense of security and comfort, and puts the mute on our intuition telling us to go for the ride and reap the rewards.
Go for it – you CAN do it, you DO deserve, it IS possible!
Now while these are all suggestions on how to better tune in, When to tune is a whole other topic for discussion. Following our instincts can sometimes lead to sticky situations so we have to learn to use a healthy balance of general knowledge, rules and laws and then common sense before diving into our freedom pool of intuition.
A Special Thank You to:
Bijee (a.k.a “B”) is a young woman trying to be the person that she can be. Her greatest blessing is her friends and family, which consists of her husband and two children. She doesn’t take lightly to being a good wife, mother, daughter, and friend. The ultimate goal is to be a role model to her children and a good woman to her longtime best friend and husband. She strives to show her daughter what a good woman looks like and to model what her son should be looking for when the time comes. This attitude and approach is outlined and guided by Titus 2 and Proverbs 31. You can find her at The Reflections of a Good Woman where she blogs about Faith, Family, Friendship and balancing life.
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