Intuition. Have you ever experienced a subtle nudge, an undeniable gut feeling, a deep heart knowing? Intuition is defined as “unexplained feelings you have that something is true even when you have no evidence or proof of it.” It’s also commonly known as instinct, perception, insight or sixth sense. *
Your encounters with your intuition may be obvious or perhaps subtler in nature-likely dependent on the situation at hand and your emotional state at the time. If you are a go, go, go, always on the run person who is constantly planning what’s next instead of pausing to appreciate the present moment you likely won’t have the opportunity to connect with your intuition; or perhaps the encounter may have happened in passing but you were too busy or distracted to even notice.
What are the benefits of listening to your intuition?
Think of your intuition as your inner guidance, the all-knowing truth. When you make decisions by following your intuition you’ll feel good about them as they just feel right. It will likely be hard to put into words why they feel right and that’s ok as just knowing is enough. It’s important to know that listening to your intuition is not about dropping all logic. Its about tuning into your natural ability to just know things, feel things and accept them for what they are. Watch how confident you feel about a decision when you make it with your gut feeling. It’s a very powerful thing!
The good news is that we all have a natural born gift to access our intuition and the power to tap into its magic. The key to connecting with your intuition is finding quiet. Intentionally slowing down and creating space that invites him/her to speak and take a stand. If you are racing through life you will likely miss the opportunity to connect. And trust me, this connection is one you’ll want to make the time for!
Here are 3 simple ways to tap into your intuition:
1) Close your eyes, quiet your mind and spend 5-20 minutes a day just time connecting with yourself and your breath. You can do this sitting, standing or my favourite way-laying down in savanasa (corpse pose). Allow thoughts to come and go, holding no attachment and see what comes up for you.
2) Spend time alone (preferably in nature). Go for walk, take a day trip out to the mountains, go to a local park for a picnic-whatever resonates with you. Fresh air helps to rejuvenate and clear the mind, creating that sacred space to connect. Remember to listen without judgement and try to let go of the need to control the conversation.
3) Yoga Nidra. Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation that isn’t found in your average meditation practice. The stages of body scan and breath awareness allows you to connect with your deep subconscious and intuition on the most deep and intimate level. You can find a variety of free yoga nidra audios on youtube here.
Over time the more you tune into your intuition and spend time honouring its messages the more connected with your true self you will be. So allow your heart guide the way, trust the process and let the universe to do its thing. I promise you it will be magical.
Alex has always had a passion for all things health and wellness. As a former marathon runner and Certified Yoga teacher, she loves to geek out on anything anatomy and in her spare time enjoys being active, reading, hiking, meditating and being present in nature.