How to trust your intuition
Updated: May 1, 2019
In today's world where logic rules, it can be tricky to know how to listen to our intuition. Many of us have forgotten what it feels like to trust our guts and have to teach ourselves how to listen and respond. These tips will get your intuition rockin' and rolling in no time.
What does "listening to our intuition" actually mean?
We are all born with intuition. Kids tend to say or do whatever they want, whenever they want - but as we grow older, we get conditioned by the world around us.
There is a certain mindset in the world that can't deal with or give weight to emotions and intuition. Yet our intuition is our birthright.
Listening to our intuition is going back to our inner knowing – when things feel right, when things are not such a struggle.
In our society, we tend to hear things “life is hard” and “things take time” - however, we shouldn't feel as if we are swimming against the current all the time.
Listening to our intuition takes practice
Step 1. Pay attention to the way your body reacts
We live such busy lives that it can be easy to miss out on what's going on inside of us.
Days before my cancer diagnosis, I fainted in a public bathroom. I was so disconnected from my body and my intuition, then it took my boss the next day to say: “Mel, you look green, go home” to realise something was off and take action.
My intuition was always there - I just became better at listening to it through yoga and meditation.
Step 2. Tune in to your emotions
Sometimes your intuition can be so strong that you can feel the effects physically.
Last year, after 18 months living in the city, I knew that I had to move by the beach. Living in the city started to feel like a prison. I had two options: I could go north to the Sunshine Coast or south to the Gold Coast. The Sunshine Coast was a logical choice: a place that felt like home. It was the place I came to heal from cancer and where I made great friends and would have all the support I needed for my PhD. So, why would I go on the Gold Coast when I knew no one except this man I had been dating for half a year.
I was torn for weeks if not months, so I decided to visit apartments in both locations. One day, I caught up with a friend after visiting a unit on the Sunshine Coast. When she asked me how it was I said it was beautiful and burst into tears. My friend confused asked me: why are you upset honey? The answer was clear: I couldn't bare the thought of parting ways with this man. Although it was the early days, I felt something - I just couldn't explain it yet. Sometimes our emotions hold the key to the door of our intuition.
Step 3. Cut down the noise
Have you ever noticed a pattern in your life and thought why does this keep happening to me?
Last week, I ran a 7-day Crushing Limiting Beliefs Challenge – which was about identifying those beliefs that are no longer serving us. Breaking free from those beliefs can help us listening to our intuition. If you haven’t take the challenge yet, I would encourage to do that first as it can clear the path to listen to that little voice inside.
Like anything else, practice makes perfect. As you start listening to your intuition, there will be no more questions and indecisions. Things will start to flow. There won't be that resistance anymore. You will operate from a place where you know what’s right for you.