Have you heard it before?
I recently reminded myself that I have to start doing something very important. I have neglected it way too many times over the years. It’s not anything big or grand, but rather a simple acknowledgment of one huge feeling that I experience but don’t always listen to…My gut. It’s that inner wisdom or sixth sense that our bodies share without our asking.
In fact, as I write this, I admit I have not been listening to my inner voice lately. When it speaks to me about a certain situation, problem or relationship, I sometimes just push it away saying I will address that later.
Have you ever done this? If so, why?
One of my best friends and I analyze why and talk about trusting or not-trusting our gut often, but when I am alone and figuring it out myself, my gut often almost always wins the argument. I hear it and sometimes even feel it in the pit of my stomach, but I always (or most of the time) find a valid excuse to not listen to it. Once again, I am delaying the inevitable.
Best selling author and Master Coach Margie Warrell explains it this way.
Our “gut instinct” is part of our highly intuitive, partly inexplicable, “sixth sense.” It picks up subtle cues that go beyond conscious awareness and often communicates to us through our body… hence the term “gut instinct.” But like a muscle, without use it loses strength. If you haven’t tuned into it for a long time, because you either don’t trust it or never slow down long enough to listen to it, the more practice it will take to build and sharpen. You can start by simply pausing from your busy-ness, taking a few deep slow breaths and observing what you are feeling about a particular person, situation or decision you need to make in your work or life. A quiet murmur in your head. A queasiness in the pit of your stomach. A subtle inkling or quiet sense of foreboding. Or maybe something more distinct: every atom in your body screaming at you to pay attention, change direction, or run straight for the nearest exit.
Another way to describe what we feel or see is “experiencing intuition.” It’s not the same for everyone. Some people get a funny feeling in their stomach like me, others see pictures. My friend says she just has a hunch. I read once that there is no right way to get the information. Our bodies deliver it differently to each of us, but what is for sure is that while the five major senses, smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing require us pay attention to what is “outside” of us, our intuition requires us to pay attention to what is happening within. The universe is speaking, are you listening?
Here are some interesting articles I found that have great ideas on this topic and how to take action. Good luck!