Have you ever experienced a moment of insight or clarity that completely caught you off-guard? Perhaps you were struggling with a problem and had just about given up hope, when suddenly, the perfect answer materialized in your mind. Maybe you had been feeling stressed-out or sad, yet you had a strong feeling that things would ultimately turn out okay. Where do these answers and feelings come from? Are they simply strokes of luck, occurring at just the right moment, or do they emanate from some deeper source?
I believe that when these answers and feelings appear in our lives, they are not luck, but rather the result of our innermost selves trying to speak out and be heard. These innermost selves embody our intuition and our deepest passions. They strive to create harmony in the mind, body, and spirit. Yet, sometimes it can be really difficult to hear them! When our lives become overrun with stress, and are packed with constant stimulation and activities, we are unable to hear the relatively quiet voices of our innermost selves. Over time, we lose our sense of connection with these selves, and then we find that it is increasingly difficult to experience insight or clarity in our lives.
However, all hope of reconciliation is not lost! We can reconnect with our innermost selves by incorporating several practices into our daily lives. Here are just a few examples:
1. Just breathe. Take ten minutes in the morning or evening to set everything aside and perform some deep breathing exercises. Simply pay attention to your breath coming in and going out. This can help you reconnect with the physical aspect of your innermost self.
2. Keep a journal close by – at your desk, in your purse, or on your nightstand. Then, when you have a moment of insight or clarity, make an observation, or have an idea, you can write it down before you forget. Looking back at what you have written can be a very mind-opening experience!
3. Turn off and tune out. Give yourself a break from technology and the never-ending stimulation that goes along with it. Turn off your computer and your phone, and find an activity that involves you and only you: read a book, draw, or go on a walk. You will find that your innermost self can be quite vocal when the constant distractions are set aside for a bit!
As you begin to practice listening to your innermost self, you will find that your sense of awareness is heightened, your creativity flourishes, and life begins to take on a wonderful sense of flow. All it takes is a little bit of time every day, and soon you will be able to reap the rewards that come with listening to your innermost self.