Do you ever feel like you are walking in two worlds?
The world that most people call the “real one” and the world which lives inside you – as vast as the universe is wide.
If you answered “yes,” you are not alone. Walking two worlds is a common experience for folks who consistently choose to listen to and to follow an inner guidance. Cultivating an inner world is not hard but does require commitment: a commitment to yourself as well as a commitment to a practice.
I encourage you to make such a commitment. Taking the time to tune into my inner guidance has been a game changer.
As a result of listening to my inner guidance, I:
- Make healthier decisions.
- Have fewer regrets.
- Feel more empowered.
- Trust my experience.
- Listen more carefully.
- Connect more deeply to both myself and others.
While there are many practices which deepen your relationship with your inner guidance, I offer the following sample. Feel free to tweak these suggestions to fit your needs. And, as always, I would love to hear what practices you use to nurture your inner guidance.
Try these suggestions for a week and let me know what happens. Share about your journey in the comments below or send me an email. Let’s keep the conversation going.
3 Ideas for Bolstering Your Inner Guidance
Create a daily ritual.
Ritual is a series of actions performed in a consistent format that condition our brain to expect a particular result. (Just notice what your pet does at feeding time. They know your feeding ritual and typically have a very particular reaction to it. Can opener sound = cat under foot) When you create a ritual with a specific intention, you are in essence teaching yourself to have a specific reaction or outcome. In psychological terms, ritual is a powerful example of classical conditioning (pairing two stimuli together until you no longer need both) and is extremely helpful in cultivating mindfulness. Have fun designing a ritual but, and here is my caveat, make it doable. The more involved or longer the ritual is the less likely you will consistently do it. Find a time of day that works for you and create an inviting space for your practice. Lighting a candle, reading inspiring words, sitting in silence, writing in a journal, speaking a mantra are just some elements you can incorporate in your daily ritual.
Do at least one weather report a day.
A weather report is a quick practice which asks you to tune into your body. Most of us tend to spend a lot of time in our head – a wonderful resource but limited. Taking the time to notice what is happening right now, at any given moment, is a wonderful way to get out of your head and into your body. To do a weather report simply get still, close your eyes and notice what sensations are currently present. Resist the urge to judge, to change or to label your observations. Rather focus on what is happening and notice if your observations change or remain the same with the passage of time. A weather report can last 30 seconds or 5 minutes. I know some folks who set reminders throughout the day for brief weather reports. A weather report is great way to check in with your inner world and can help you make decisions that are congruent with your values.
Make one heart-centered decision a day.
As mentioned early, your brain is a wonderful asset but limited in its scope. Learning to trust and to use your heart expands your decision-making repertoire and is another way to access your inner guidance. Heart-centered decisions require paying attention to your internal observations: a weather report prior to making a heart decision, therefore, is a must. Heart-centered decisions also require empathy and compassion: empathy for another and compassion for self. When you are able to imagine another’s experience as well as to honor your own experience, then you can make heart-centered decisions that respect both parties. A heart-centered decision is a beautiful way to connect with your inner guidance.
Remember, I would love to hear what practices you use to nurture your inner guidance. Share about your journey in the comments below or send me an email. Let’s keep the conversation going. ♥