How to Honour Your Inner Voice and Make Better Decisions
Have you ever had a gut feeling that you couldn’t explain? That little voice inside your head that told you to do something, avoid something, or take a chance? That’s your inner voice, a powerful tool that can help guide you through life’s challenges and opportunities. But how do you tune in to your inner voice, and how do you know when to trust it? In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of listening to your inner voice, and offer some tips and techniques for honouring and harnessing its wisdom.
Pay attention to your body
Your inner voice often speaks to you through physical sensations. Perhaps you get a tightness in your chest when you’re in a situation that isn’t right for you, or you feel butterflies in your stomach when you’re faced with an exciting but scary opportunity. By paying attention to these bodily sensations, you can begin to identify when your inner voice is trying to communicate with you.
Mindfulness meditation is a great way to quiet your mind and connect with your inner voice. By sitting in stillness and focusing on your breath, you can tune out external distractions and tune in to your intuition. Mindfulness can also help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, giving you greater control over how you respond to them.
Trust your impulses
Have you ever had an impulse to do something that seemed irrational or impractical, but turned out to be the right decision? Trusting your impulses is an important part of honouring your inner voice. Of course, impulsiveness can lead to poor decision-making, so it’s important to balance your intuition with logic and critical thinking. But don’t be afraid to take risks and trust your instincts when the stakes are low.
Sometimes your inner voice is drowned out by the noise of the world around you. If you’re constantly surrounded by people and distractions, it can be hard to hear your own thoughts and feelings. That’s why it’s important to spend time alone, in nature or in a quiet space, where you can tune in to your inner voice without interference. Solitude also allows you to reflect on past experiences and gain insight into your patterns of thought and behaviour.
Honouring your inner voice isn’t just about listening to it; it’s also about acting on it. If your intuition tells you to pursue a particular career, take a chance on a new relationship, or make a change in your life, it’s up to you to make it happen. Of course, taking action can be scary, and it’s important to weigh the risks and benefits before you commit. But by taking small steps towards your goals, you’ll build confidence in your ability to follow your intuition and create the life you envision.
Your inner voice is a powerful tool that can help you make better decisions, build stronger relationships, and achieve your goals. By paying attention to your body, practising mindfulness, trusting your impulses, seeking solitude, and taking action, you can honour and harness the wisdom of your intuition. Remember, it’s never too late to start listening to your inner voice and creating the life you truly want.
Want to know more? Discover more about the benefits of scientific mindfulness meditation for adopting a growth mindset and mindful decision-making in Dr. Elise Bialylew’s book The Happiness Plan 💛
"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."
- DR ELISE BIALYLEW
about the HOST AND FOUNDER OF
MINDFUL IN MAY:
DR ELISE BIALYLEW
Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.
A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.
Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.
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