I am slumped in bed, still wearing my yoga pants and a t-shirt that a certain someone spit up on. I’ve arranged all the pillows around me as a sort of throne and as the minutes pass, I find my head slowly but surely drifting down to the billowy depths of comfort and sleep. “Slacking for the second day??” you ask. Not really. I had written a gem of a post about intuition. In depth, thoughtful and with a hint of humor. Unfortunately, when I decided to head over to Pandora and my computer asked me if I was sure that I wanted to leave this page, I obviously answered incorrectly. Apparently, my computer’s intuition knew that I had not saved my post. So, my tired brain has decided to re-write approximately half of the post and encourage you to read the conclusion tomorrow! Without further ado, here it goes!
“If You’re Quiet, You’ll Hear It…”
Have you ever spent time with someone and felt completely and utterly exhausted afterwards, like they drained you of your sunshine? They may have not done anything that you could pinpoint as the culprit, but you felt depleted nonetheless. Or have you ever had a situation that you just didn’t feel right about? It might have been someone asking for a favor or a business arrangement and it just didn’t sit right with you. We’ve all been there, when your first reaction is “no”, but you say yes and end up paying for it somehow.
That little voice is your intuition. Everyone is built with one, but it’s not too often that we trust it. We start to believe what others say and what the media pushes and what is considered “right” by society. We start to become such a follower that the whisper of the real you is buried in the noise. Doubt nibbles at those fleeting feelings and we second guess and then guess a few more times until it’s all a muddle and you’re blindly pointing at any which way.
I can’t recall a time when I regretted following my intuition. I have an incredibly vivid memory of following it when I was in first grade. I have a few from high school and a few more in my adult years. I also have a mental trash bag full of decisions that I wish I had followed my gut feeling on. Intuition is invaluable, so start dusting off your sixth sense and get acquainted with it again!
Turns out, scientists are starting to agree that it isn’t so mystical and wacky. It’s associated with the right side of your brain, which is the side that holds our artistic and creative qualities. There are a few ways to figure it out, and that’s where my studying benefits you :). So, here’s a few key points to get you started.
*Your body language: Clammy palms, shallow breathing, or a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, are all obvious ways that your intuition is trying to get your attention. Likewise, feelings of peace, joy or elation, are also obvious signs that you’re headed in the right direction. Need some help with the more subtle hints? Your intuition always wants what is best for you, so it will only back what is harmless to you and others. When you make the best decision for yourself, you will feel a relaxed and gentle energy. Unfortunately, it may not last long if you invite others to critique your path. You will undoubtedly teeter-totter back and forth from what’s best to what’s right to what’s nice to what’s expected. Plug your ears tightly and go back to the quiet place inside. Do you still feel peace in your decision? Ok, then go back out there and give them hell! Trust that you know yourself better than anyone else in this entire world. Don’t let a degree or a white coat or a black American Express card phase you. Schooling or money or experience can’t touch what you think is best.
*Your Dreams: When a decision is weighing on you, it tends to come out at the midnight hour (you better be asleep by then!). Your mind will try to solve problems when you are most relaxed and perceptive. Keep a journal by your bed and as soon as you wake up, jot down anything that seemed noteworthy. Intuition tends to follow a pattern, so you might notice a theme for a few nights in a row.
Yes, that is all I have tonight. What a cliffhanger!! The second part will answer every single question you have ever had. That is quite a stretch, but I’ll complete my insights in hopes that something hits home for you.
Healthy hint of the day: When my mom was young, baby oil was considered safe while sun tanning. When I was growing up, SPF 50 was considered essential to protect me. It turns out that neither is quite right. While a “Magda like” suntan isn’t anything to aspire to, the absence of direct sun exposure is also harmful. More and more studies are showing that there is a huge Vitamin D deficiency. Studies are showing that Vitamin D can build bones, strengthen the immune system and lower the risks of illnesses like diabetes heart and kidney disease,high blood pressure and cancer. Try to spend 15-20 minutes a day in the sun, between 10am and 2 pm. Make sure to cover up once you’ve had an adequate dose, because a sunburn is still damaging and looks dumb. Now, go soak up those rays and I will see you back here tomorrow for the conclusion! And I will see you Thursday for the fabulous and mysterious surprise (spoiler alert: I am NOT pregnant, so stop sending me texts asking that 🙂