I see many people in our society numbing themselves out. Whether it be through alcohol, food, drugs, caffeine, painkillers or antidepressants – many of us are trying to distract ourselves from what is really going on.
This was the case for me for a long time. When I felt sad, I went to sugar. When I had pain in my body, I took an advil or had a glass of wine to distract myself. When I had a project due that I didn't want to finish, I'd drink caffeine to push through it.
Our bodies are full with wisdom and they send us very clear signals when something needs to shift in our lives.
We develop pain, skin problems, or other symptoms when something is not right. It is our job to listen to those signals instead of pushing them away.
I believe intuition is so important because it guides us closer to our purpose. When we numb out the wisdom of our bodies, we lose our connection to divine guidance, we forget why we are here, and as a result can easily suffer from depression or feelings of meaninglessness.
When we use our intuition, we are guided to our highest potential as beings and are able to live more meaningful, synchronous and connected lives.
What I’ve learned about intuition:
1. Your intuition lives in your body
That’s why we need practices like yoga, dance, active meditation, running, and movement to access it. You need to form a connection to your body, take care of it through food, baths, showers, body butter, and be there with it during the difficult times too.
2. Your intuition can be very quiet
It takes being with the busy mind and having a mindfulness practice to be still enough to listen to that inner voice. The rational mind will come up with all kinds of reasons to do something, but a little inner voice or feeling will tell you when it’s not right.
3. You need to stop inputting information to digest the information that is already there
When you’re on the phone, the computer, reading magazines, or even books, you are inputting new information into the brain. However, in order to access the intuitive state, you need to stop inputting new information to digest the information that’s already there.
That’s why going to a yoga class, going on a run, being in nature, or meditating are the best ways to access your intuition.
Those are the times you turn off distractions and you are solely with your body, your thoughts and your spirit.
Karen and I are excited about the response we've gotten for our Spring Equinox Retreat! There are now only four spots left and it is definitely going to sell- out before the early-bird deadline on March 9. If you feel called to join us and create space to listen to your intuition and wisdom of the body, you can reserve your space here.
Love & light, Meredith