Trust Your Own Inner Wisdom.
It’s so easy to go around and around in circles when we look outside ourselves for answers.
We can spend hours searching online, consulting the opinions of various friends or loved ones, looking for advice or reassurance, yet end up more confused than ever.
Everybody else will give you an opinion that is based on their own individual life experience. Everybody else will be looking through their own lens, with their own hopes and fears.
Of course at times we’ll want to ask for the opinion of someone we value or respect. We’ll appreciate their wisdom, or take on a situation. We might ask that they reflect back something that we aren’t seeing, and we’ll feel the benefit of talking things through.
But oftentimes we do too much of this, especially when we’re confused or trying to make a decision. We look outside ourselves for the answers, relying on other people or outside sources of information to guide us. In doing this, we lose the connection to our own inner wisdom and intuition, or to our own gut feeling.
We end up in our heads going over and over things. We over-analyze and weigh up every aspect of a situation. We focus on the future and imagine all kinds of hypothetical scenarios, which inevitably makes us feel more anxious and stressed.
We forget that our bodies are brilliant mines of information, which are always giving us feedback. We forget that our emotions carry important messages, when we tune in and let them flow rather than trying to suppress them.
We forget that we all have access to our own inner wisdom, that wise voice inside of us, that is there waiting to be heard when we are quiet and ready to listen.
The more time you spend with yourself, the more you can slow down and be still, the more you can cut back on looking to these outside sources whenever you’re feeling unsure, the more you’ll cultivate a connection to these deeper and wiser parts of you.
You’ll still use your mind, just as a translator for the brilliance that the rest of you is communicating.
We all have these internal navigation systems. We just might not know how to use them to the best of our abilities, or we might have forgotten that they’re there at all. But the more time you spend grounding into your body, observing your mind without believing everything it tells you, letting your emotions flow, and becoming still enough to tune into your intuition, the easier and more peaceful life will feel.
You’ll know that you’ve connected to your inner wisdom when you feel comforted, reassured, calm, clear and sure. You’ll know that although there are never any guarantees, and that you’ll never be given a map for your whole future, that you won’t need one when you can trust this part of you to communicate the truth, and guide you in the right direction in each and every moment.
You can have some fun connecting to and experimenting with this wise friend, who is always there, waiting to help, support and guide you. It’s the only navigation system you’ll ever need.
Kelly Burns is a UK-based writer, coach, and researcher, specializing in women’s health, social psychology and the mind-body connection. She writes for both print and online publications, working on a flexible and freelance basis. Kelly also offers the un-sticking and clarity coaching package, for anyone looking for purpose or direction with their career, or going through any big transition to create a life they love. She is the author of the Inner Jewel blog. You can get in touch with her via her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.