Religion and Spirituality


The practice of listening to your own inner wisdom is an extremely important lesson for all of us to understand and implement in a daily practice.  I have been nudged to write about this topic for over a year now but decided to ignore those inner voices. I finally got in touch and listened to my higher self which propelled me to move forward, and this is what I am excited to share here…how to get in touch with that part of ourselves that is our inner wisdom and the essence of our soul.
We all have this voice inside of us; call it intuition, inner knowing, insight or a gut feeling.  This is our own internal guidance system, our own GPS that will NEVER steer us wrong, as long as we take time to listen, check in and keep our ego (fear based thoughts) out of the way.  When we go within, we empower ourselves and connect with our deepest desires. We open up our potential and we align with our purpose.
So what can we do to pay attention and listen to our truth?  I’ll list here a couple of ideas to get started and let your inner wisdom guide you.
1.       Still the mind and go within.  One of the reasons we can easily overlook our inner guidance is we are constantly moving, doing and going, which can be a distraction from listening within.  It is not possible to hear the messages if we’re moving a 100 miles an hour.  It is extremely beneficial to connect and check in with ourselves to hear the subtle messages that will guide us seamlessly through life if we listen.  Try a meditation class or a guided mediation if you need help learning to quiet the mind and connect.
2.       Awareness about how we process our decisions in life.  Think about all the decisions we make in our lives, both big and small.  It could be as minor as what shirt to wear or what to eat for breakfast.  Even these small decisions can be guided by your higher self and can bring more joy to your day.  Your body knows what it wants to feel nourished, and you know what color to wear to feel your best.
3.       Trust and take action.  It’s when we second guess ourselves and spend too much time in our left brain over analyzing and debating, that we question ourselves and move in directions that are not true to our hearts. When we take guided action, we strengthen our connection to ourselves and build trust in the messages we receive.
4.       Focus and listen to what your heart wants and ask the question, “What do I really want”?  Try an experiment:  For one day, every move you make, every thought you think, ask yourself, “What do I really want?"  What choice do I have here that will make me FEEL GOOD?”  Go the direction of what will make you feel good and see where your day takes you.  Honor every thought that guides you. It may be to call an old friend, take a nap, write in a journal, take a walk, start a book, take the day off of work, take a road trip, have a bath, meditate, make amends, speak your truth, or start something new.  Don’t question yourself, just follow your own intuition for just one day, and find out what new experiences you’ll create for yourself.
When we take the time to practice listening, to access this knowledge and then to trust its wisdom, we can then begin walking in alignment with our divine life purpose. It’s when we pay attention to ourselves, our inner truth, and follow that guidance that we can find peace and fulfillment, because we are honoring our true nature.
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