intuitive living is sometimes street-yoga.
Ive blogged for a million years & penned a bazillion posts.
Readers 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 parent (playfully &) intuitively (with thanks to my village who’s helped me solidify my “gut”).
Recently, after a reflective intermission of sorts, I became conscious of the fact intuition plays a bigger role in my life than even that list.
The majority of what I do is the direct result of mindful, intuitive living.
I make life-choices only after completing a process of tapping into my instinct and listening to what my gut instinctively knows is the correct answer for me.
intuitive living isn’t impulsive living.
This way of life has become so (waitforit) intuitive it was challenging to break down my thought-process & decipher how I arrived where I am today.
Not to mention the fact I’m still firmly the mindset of resisting that rear-view mirror. The time invested in reflection was uncomfortable, but provided clarity I needed and answers you’d asked for.
Step 1: I spent time IN my body.
This is also when I transitioned to gluten-free (although I wouldn’t realize for years gluten was what I’d eliminated). With hindsight, it’s clear I’d always felt symptoms, I just lived so firmly *outside* my body I’d never noticed/felt a thing.
The exercises I did during this phase are ones I return to now when I find myself careening 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 consistently challenged myself to define how my body felt (stressed? electrified? serene? exhausted?) without attention paid to how it appeared.
I didn’t live in this body
Step 2: 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 really hear 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? When I consciously chose to pay attention to my innate knowledge–I began to ‘feel’ my intuition/gut emerge.
I was building connection–with myself.
Step 3: I heeded my body’s response.
This was the most terrifying and the most rewarding step.
In the spirit of “leap and your
net intuition will appear” I quashed my urge for paralysis by analysis and plunged forward.
I practiced my new body-whisperer skills. I acted on my gut response/intuition.
It felt weird, awkward, contrived, frightening and incredibly, tremendously freeing.
I remember these first experiences clearly because I still re-read the journal I used to capture my feelings. (<—-tip alert! tip alert!).
it felt amazing to let go.
Step 4: I launched a meditation practice.
I knew a meditation routine was key in helping me tap into my intuition. I was aware meditation would clear my mind & help me focus.
I’d also read about how meditation provides the intuitive part of our brains the silence it requires to “see” what’s really happening around us.
I’d heard about how meditation calms our minds so we’re capable of rising ABOVE thinking.
#1 + #2 + #3 + #4.
That is my experience of making my way toward mindful living.
Excruciating, exhausting, exhilarating, enlightening.
- In what part(s) of your life do you already live intuitively?
- What tips can you offer to help others ease the transition to mindful living?