Following the whispers of my heart has not always felt like second nature to me. But the more I practice listening to my inner guidance, the clearer that small voice becomes.
As a child, my mom often told me to trust my gut feelings. She said it was part of our womanly superpowers to simply know. At the time, I probably discredited these words as mom mumbo jumbo, but there were times when I clearly felt guided by something other than my thoughts. So when I felt the nudge as a shy, introverted thirteen-year-old to speak to another quiet girl in the middle school locker room, I was skeptical. I didn’t want to introduce myself, but I did it. Actually, I didn’t so much introduce myself as I did embarrass myself by saying the most random thing that popped into my head at the time. But, she sorta laughed and responded to me. And you know what? That was nearly twenty years ago, and we’ve been the best of friends ever since. Thinking back on it blows my mind a little.
As an adult who actively engages her intuition, I’m continually impressed with the inner guidance my mom once called a superpower.
Today, I’d like to help you flex your superpower muscle, too, so I’m going to share my favorite ways of accessing that small, still voice within you.
If you know me at all, you probably guessed this would be first on my list. Why? Because journaling can be life-changing if you allow it to be. Getting quiet and letting your pen flow across the page stream-of-conscious style can be amazing therapeutic. It also clears the brain chatter, leaving space for your own gorgeous inner guidance to shine through.
Set your brain on auto-pilot.
Showering, driving, coloring, even washing dishes are all ways to keep the logical side of your brain busy enough to allow your artist brain to have a chance to speak. Most of the time, it’s that logical side of you that keeps your artist side in check. Daydreaming about a better job or traveling the world? “Nope,” says Logic Brain, “those things will never happen.” But those things are possible, and it’s your free-thinking, idea side that will give you the tools to do it. By allowing that artist side of you to flow, you’ll discover parts of yourself you’ve forgotten or didn’t even know existed. So set your brain into auto-pilot and start dreaming. Your intuition is there to guide you.
Go for a walk.
It sounds so cliche, but there’s something about sunshine and fresh air and getting your body in motion that allows for clarity to find room in your mind. It’s almost another form of auto-pilot but with scenery. There’s a good chance that your brain chatter will feel endless the first few times you walk, and that’s okay. Just keep at it. When you make space and time to hear your inner voice, trust that it’s going to show up. Honestly, it’s always been there. It’s us who are finally bothering to show up for the conversation.
I hope these ideas have you excited to access your intuition. If you have questions or comments, please let me know. And if you have your own ways of tuning into the whispers, please share!