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Technology and the incessant use of screens in today’s modern world are causing most of us stress and can be at times overwhelming.
Many of us fall into the trap of comparing ourselves and our lives to the lives that are on social media, lives that are managed for the camera. Or we may feel swamped by the round-the-clock news cycle. Is it shocking individuals find themselves caught in damaging cycles of anxiety, fear, and stress?
We all have a tool that we can use to help us beat the struggles of the modern world. A tool that can help lead us through life and keep us on the path that is most beneficial for us. This tool is our intuition. Intuition is a powerful and ancient insightful perception concealed within us.
An intuitive person understands things right away, without the need for conscious reasoning. Intuition bridges the gap between our conscious and unconscious minds.
The mysterious gut feeling that tells you when something you are doing is useful or harmful is your intuition at work. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you were able to use that inner guidance system whenever you need it?
Listening and trusting that little voice is a marvelous thing on its own but working to develop that little voice can make it even more powerful. We all have the ability to grow and strengthen our intuition. The more we use this ability, the more it expands and evolves. Think of your intuition as a muscle that needs exercise and nourishment to grow and develop.
Here are twelve ways to get in tune with and develop this amazing gift.
We are all caught up in frantic thinking, and the problem in practice is to begin to bring that thinking into clarity and balance. When the mind becomes clear and balanced and is no longer caught by objects, there can be an opening—and for a second we can realize who we really are.
— Charlotte Joko Beck
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you know that you should be meditating. We hear about it everywhere! We all know that we should be meditating more. Let's take a look at mediation through the lens of helping us tune into and grow our intuition.
For most people, intuition has an amazingly soft voice. If our minds are busy with the stresses of daily life, it can be hard to hear that little voice. Meditation is the way to clear your mind, quiet the constant inner chatter and let our intuition shine.
This basic meditation can help you improve your listening skills to tune to your inner spirit:
- Find a quiet and comfortable place to spend about 10 minutes.
- Close your eyes and relax.
- Listen to and pay attention to your breath without trying to change it.
- Observe the breath. Notice any sensations that arise. BE present.
- If and when your mind wanders, just bring your focus back to your breath.
- After 10 minutes, slowly open your eyes.
- If you are in the habit of journaling, take a moment to write down any thoughts, messages, feelings, or insights you may have received during your meditation.
2. Dream and Record Your Dreams
Our cognitive brain is in control during our waking hours. Cognitive function in the conscious mind is our ability to think, learn, and remember. The conscious mind uses logic and reasoning to dominate the subconscious mind. But when we are asleep, the conscious mind rests and our subconscious mind takes over to manifest itself.
We can overcome issues or problems by listening to our inner voice.
- Keeping a dream journal — Keep a journal and pen next to your bed. When you wake up, write down everything you remember about your dream(s). Do this every day if possible.
- Record your dream first thing in the morning — Dreams begin to fade from memory right after we wake up. Make sure to record your dream in your journal before you do anything else. This takes practice, and you will get better over time at recording and understanding your dreams. With time, you will be able to see patterns and reasons where your inner consciousness is helping you solve problems or guiding you in the right direction.
- Before falling asleep, visualize yourself remembering your dreams. Picture yourself waking up and recording these dreams in your journal. Try to keep this thought in your head as you fall asleep. This would help mark the practice in your mind.
Spending time in nature — Being away from technology is one of the best ways to quiet the mind. Nature has a wonderful influence on us and helps us to get in tune with ourselves and our intuition. It is well known that spending time exposed to natural light assists our bodies in regulating sleep patterns.
Dedicating time to perceive nature's beauty is akin to dipping our toes in the world where intuition guides us.
4. Be Creative
Do something creative — Paint, draw, build, sketch, whatever elevates your creative mind.
When we are young, our inner voice is loud and not hesitant to shine through. As we get older that inner voice gets buried under our responsibilities and the stresses of life. Tapping into this creative part of our brain can help re-ignite those pathways and intensify our intuition.
5. Get In Tune With All Your Senses
Your intuition can flow through any of your five senses. It may come as a strange or loving sensation that you feel physically within your body, or as a thought that comes out of nowhere. A specific scent or taste may trigger it. Pay attention to all of your senses.
When was the last time that you really focused on your breath, your sense of smell, or your taste? Stopping and smelling the roses”, but it can really help in developing your intuition. your “sixth sense” can flourish the more you practice getting in tune with all your senses.
In addition to our five ordinary senses, we have senses that we could use to help us to learn better, feel more, protect ourselves, and make the best use of situations..
6. Listen to Your Intuition
To develop your intuition, start by recognizing the difference between an intuitive notion and a hunch. Assess them. Strive to distinguish your gut feeling from bias.
A hunch is an educated guess. For instance, with family, you would know that a family member will be home early if you see the weather getting from bad to worse.
Intuition on the other hand is knowing that something is going to happen without conscious thought about it. It is a sudden flash of insight from deep within.
When you are going about your daily life, keep a notebook with you and write down any educated guess or insight that comes to mind. When that inner voice makes itself heard, write it down, so you can see how these insights and hunches unfold. Let us suppose that you do not trust the partner of your friend. Write down your feelings and see what happens.
7. Change Your Daily Routine
The conscious brain loves routine and order, but the more organized and rigid your life is, the more your inner voice is pushed down.
When the mind is busy it can be hard to hear that little voice. Changing your routine up can throw your cognitive brain for a loop and let your intuition manifest itself. Escape the daily routine, slow down and do something different. Your intuition will appreciate it.
8. Replay Past Events
When you have quiet time, think back to a situation where things did not go as planned or the way you wanted. Imagine yourself back in that situation and notice how you felt and if there were moments when you thought that something was wrong. Was there an opportunity to act or behave in a different way? Did you ignore your inner voice at those moments and let your conscious mind overcome your intuition?
Become aware of how your intuition was trying to guide you and tell you. Assess these past experiences and look for patterns and ways that you could do things in your own way the next time.
9. Breathing Technique
Breath work is one of the most effective ways to calm the mind and get in tune with your inner voice. Breath work is conscious, controlled breathing done in particular for relaxation, meditation, or therapeutic purposes.
- Lie down on your stomach with your arms folded and your forehead resting on your hands. In yoga, this is called the Crocodile pose. This posture will let you breathe naturally from your diaphragm.
- Feel how your abdomen presses against the floor when you inhale, and recedes when you exhale. Relax your belly.
- Become aware of how your low ribs expand laterally when you inhale, and contract when you exhale. Your ribcage expands as the diaphragm contracts, and the ribs return in as the diaphragm relaxes.
- Notice how your back rises when you inhale, and falls when you exhale. Soften your back muscles.
- Do this for a few times.
The crocodile pose gives you the chance to unblock the breath and release pent-up tension.
10. Think Less, Feel More
Our cognitive brain thinks. Our intuition feels.
Our minds are always reasoning, probing, and thinking their way through the day. After many years of this, most of us do not even realize it is happening. If people could hear all the questions, our cognitive brain is bouncing around all day, they would think we are bizarre.
Slow down and “feel” more.
Feelings that are grounded in your body are also grounded in truth. These feelings do not lie. Learn to listen to them. Pay attention to those little signals that your body gives you like your heart beating faster, a knot in the pit of your stomach, feeling hot, feeling cold or a tingling sensation.
You know the situation; you meet someone and at once know something is off about them, you can just feel it. They are lying to you or treating someone poorly, your physical body can feel that and alert you. If you pay more attention to these physical cues, you could avoid uncomfortable, painful, or awkward situations. This is your intuition speaking to guide you in the right direction.
11. Practice “Sensing” People Before Meeting Them
A terrific way to evaluate and grow your intuition is to put yourself in a situation where you can sit and observe someone before meeting them.
Whenever you are in line at the coffee shop, try to guess what the person behind the counter will be like before you speak to them or meet them. Consider everything about them just by looking at them. Trust your feelings. Try to create a mental picture of what they will be like, sound like, and if they are friendly and sociable or not.
You can practice this exercise in most situations to assess your intuition. This is a powerful and actionable way to help you get in tune with your senses, your body, and your inner voice.
12. Be Grateful
At times, it is easy to look at the adverse aspects of life and forget about all that we are fortunate to have. It can be easy to overlook our health, the love of our families, food and water, our home, or our community.
According to Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, the two components of practicing gratitude on a daily basis are 1) Appreciating the promising ideas, events, and items you have received; and 2) Acknowledging the role other people play in improving the quality of your life.
Take time every day to recognize and give thanks for these amazing things that we are lucky enough to have in our lives. This simple practice can open us up to a higher frequency and let more of life's wonders find their way into our lives.
Scientific studies done have proven that gratitude confers on grateful individuals a broad range of valuable consequences such as strengthening the immune system, improving sleep patterns, boosting feelings of joy, being helpful and generous, and lessening feelings of loneliness and isolation.
- Gratitude enriches relationships.
- Gratitude improves sleep.
- Gratitude improves physical health.
- Gratitude enriches self-esteem.
- Gratitude develops empathy and reduces aggression.
- Gratitude enhances emotional and spiritual health.
The advantages of practicing gratitude have been recognized to be real and powerful tools. Gratitude can lead to an abundance of opportunities to lead a better life, which in turn, will help our intuition to blossom.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Liliane Najm