“There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of us as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.”
There is that moment we’ve all experienced. When you feel something inside you whispering, well, maybe actually screaming, to go with a certain instinct. If you were wise, you may have listened to that instinct.
Yet, you may have ignored it. In fact, chances are if you are reading this blog post you did ignore it. No judging! We’ve all been there.
Learning to trust your gut is something that seems counter-intuitive. Most of Western culture is based around the ideals that logic rules all. Logic and intuition do not always see eye to eye, and often the idea of going with our heart rather than our brain is frowned upon.
We’re not here to say that you should always follow your heart, but there is something to be said for having a healthy balance between the two. If you are one of those people who can’t let go of what is logical then perhaps you are looking for the guts to follow your gut!
Let Go Of The Idea You Can Control Everything
Logic gives a false sense of security that we can control all outcomes. If we follow through on the most sound path without a doubt will come out at the other end of the tunnel unscathed.
Even when we follow all of the rules to a “T”, things will sometimes go unexpectedly. There is now way to lead life in a vacuum, so sometimes unpleasant and pleasant surprises will come your way.
Learn To Listen
In the modern world there are so many distractions that take us away from our self. Not very often do people take the time to sit and get to know themselves.
In order to know a gut instinct, it takes a certain amount of self-awareness. Doing activities to foster this self-awareness is a great way to cultivate the capacity to trust your instincts, because you actually know how you work. Meditation, walking, yoga and solo activities are a great way to get in touch with who you are really.
Frequently Remind Yourself That Instincts Are An Asset
If you’ve ever watched a Star Trek episode you are familiar with the relationship between Spock and Captain Kirk. Spock represents a species, the Vulcans, who represent everything logical while Captain Kirk is a very impulsive, emotional man, much like the human species. If you watch enough episodes you learn that the relationship between the logical and emotional is what makes Spock and Kirk such a good team. Just like in Star Trek, we need to take this little tidbit of knowledge into our everyday lives.
If you are person who historically looked down through their nose at emotions, instincts, etc., you’re going to re-train your mindset into seeing the beauty of logic and instincts. This recalibrating of the mind will take time and effort, but if you are persistent enough it can change the way in which you perceive life.
Take In Media That Inspires You To Follow Your Gut
Quotes, television, books, fashion, art, music- find media that inspire you to follow your gut. As mentioned in the previous section, Star Trek is actually a great show to examine in the importance of instinct and logic, but there are countless examples of media out there addressing this issue which is so important to humanity.
This type of media will remind you to infuse your life with more gut decisions when you encounter problems in your day to day life which require it. You may be surprised of how much any media can truly sway your life in one direction or another.
Never Give Up
Even if you still find yourself frequently falling on the logical side of things be mindful to never give up. With enough practice you’ll learn to trust your gut more, but just like with anything it takes a lot of practice. Your heart and logical side will eventually balance out, so that you can better evaluate situations in all facets of life.