intuitive living isn’t always (street) yoga.
Ive blogged for a million years & penned a bazillion posts.
People are consistently curious about the steps I took to relinquish control and learn to trust myself.
- Yes I eat intuitively.
- Sure I workout intuitively.
- Yeah I sort of parent (playfully &) intuitively (with thanks to my village who’s helped me solidify my “gut”).
After I stepped back and took an intermission of sorts, I realized it’s larger than that.
The majority of what I do is the result of mindful, intuitive living.
I make the majority of my life-choices only after completing a process of tapping into my instinct and listening to what I intuitively know is the correct answer for me.
intuitive living isn’t impulsive living.
Living this way has become so (waitforit) intuitive it was difficult to break down my thought-process & decipher how I arrived where I am today.
Not to mention the fact I’m still in a place of resisting that rear-view mirror–but I did it.
The four steps I took to begin living an intuitive life:
Step one: I spent time IN my body.
This is also when I transitioned to gluten-free although I wouldn’t realize for years that’s what I’d eliminated. With hindsight, I wonder if I’d always felt symptoms—but lived so firmly *outside* my body I never noticed.
The exercises I did during this phase are ones I return to still when I find myself veering toward FEAR-BASED living.
I focused on my inner senses. I skipped the mirror for all but the swiftest of hair brushing. I s-l-o-w-e-d until I became aware of the inner-workings of my body.
I constantly challenged myself to define how my body felt (stressed? electrified? serene? exhausted?) without attention paid to how it looked.
I didn’t live in this body
Step two: I began to hear what my body was saying.
As I progressed I demanded more of myself.
Each time I faced a choice I’d stop, focus inward, and listen to what my body instructed me to do.
I tapped into my ‘gut’ (Gavin DeBecker explains this well) and s-l-o-w-l-y a sense of intuition emerged.
I experienced my body intuitively offering answers I’d have previously sought from others. What job to take? Who to date? Where to live? I began to ‘feel’ my intuition/gut emerge when I paid attention.
I was building connection–with myself.
Step three: I heeded my body’s response.
This was the most terrifying and most rewarding step.
In the spirit of “leap and know your
net intuition will appear” I squashed my urge for paralysis by analysis and plunged forward.
I practiced my new body-whisperer skills. I acted on my gut response/intuition.
It was weird, awkward, contrived, frightening and incredibly freeing.
I can recall these first experiences clearly because I still re-read the journal I used to capture my feelings in at the end of each day (<—-tip alert! tip alert!).
it felt great to let go.
Step four: I launched a meditation practice.
I knew a meditation routine would help me tap into my intuition. Meditation clears the mind & helps us focus.
It also (purportedly) provides the intuitive part of our brain the quiet it needs to “see” whats really happening around us.
That is my experience of making my way to mindful living.
Exhausting, exhilarating, enlightening.
- In what parts of your life do you live intuitively?
- What tips might you offer others to ease the transition to mindful living?