The theory goes that we have three vital methods of internal communication: the heart, the mind and the gut. Much less bias than it’s two companion – your mind is too analytical and your heart too emotional- can the gut actually be used as an internal compass? And for many of us, too busy for sunrise meditations and weekend retreats – exactly how do you know when your gut is speaking to you?
Reconnecting With Your Third Voice. The most pronounced voice out of the three is your mind. Your mind, constantly alert and gathering information, is a 24/7 processor who helps you problem solve almost everything, especially when it comes to business. But occasionally your mind can be as reactive as your heart. It might get stuck on a number, not know how to move past a previous experience or set up roadblocks to your success. Your gut, however, is a great advisor because it alerts you to both subconscious and concious feelings about decisions and actions happening in your everday life. You’re complaining about the coffee machine, why? Consult your mind and it will tell you it’s because it never drips fast enough, consult your gut and you could soon realize that you’re true frustration actually lies elsewhere. But, how do you know when it’s speaking to you? Unlike your chatterbox mind your gut is the wise and silent type that only perks up ever so often. Consider testing these 10 strategies below.
What Are My Complaints? Become mindful of your complaints both outloud and in your head as these are often wrapped around a much bigger problem.
What Am I Grateful For? To awaken your gut feeling start thinking about things that make you happy and that you are grateful for. Do this at least once a day with true intention and you’ll start to notice a gut reaction.
Say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and Mean It. Before answering any big questions become mindful about what your body is telling you. If you feel tense when a certain proposition is presented to you then dig a bit deeper. Don’t just say what pops into your head.
Don’t Just Give Money To A Charity – Take Action! There’s a reason why the marathoner’s run after raising funds. Being part of the solution – and just not giving money – to a charity you are passionate about is a great way to awaken feelings of presence and awareness which all lead back to your gut feeling.
Say NO to Your Internal Committee Every So Often. Don’t just take what your mind tells you on a whim. Actually think about it. If you’re resisting a certain change it doesn’t always mean that it’s a bad ideas. It might just be that your mind is having a hard time adjusting. So, take the time to check in with yourself and ask yourself: Am I resisting this because it’s a bad idea or because I’m scared of the consequence? And, take action accordingly.
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