Life is full of all kinds of noise. Consider how your whole body gets impacted by daily life. Right now, as you read this, is your body tight? Do you find yourself getting sidetracked and off-purpose? Are you caught up with worry about things that might happen or with concern about the past? When your attention goes to the noise your best intentions for yourself are undermined. The key is learning to sustain the connection with the source of guidance that lies within you.
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. -- Jean Arp
Inner guidance requires focus and commitment. It is not just for use in times of crises. It is a way of living. It comes from a relationship that you actively develop over time. Eventually, you discover that you are able to rely on your inner wisdom and sensitivity for all the situations that life brings. It changes the way you live and your approach to everyday life. As you get to know this "best friend," you won't feel alone because you know that you can trust your inner guidance.
When you build a pattern of living from the inner connection, life works. It can bring you an experience of constancy and inner peacefulness.
Do you know where to begin?
1. Dedicate some "check-in" time with yourself each day. Allow time for uninterrupted silence. In the morning it can be a time to sit quietly with your upcoming day. Often you will notice a different priority rising to the top of your list. Pay attention to what emerges. There is timing for everything; your inner wisdom can provide different direction than your mental program.
This can also be a period of evening reflection, where you might look back over your day. Was there anything you would have liked to have done differently? Is there something you want to celebrate?
2. Pay attention to the quality of your thoughts. Are you critical of yourself or those around you? Is there a belief that is out of date or self-limiting? Like attracts like.
3. What tone do you use with others when speaking? Notice what attitudes are present when your tone is less that it could be. Your tone gives you clues about how you are feeling towards yourself.
4. Notice how your body feels in situation throughout the day. Is it tense, anxious or uncomfortable? Tension is a clue to track what is needed at that moment.
5. Pay attention to the synchronicities, coincidences, "random" thoughts, etc. Ask questions about what you notice. Go deeper.
6. Does your day feel effortless? If not, what is in the way? If it does, acknowledge your connection, what you are learning and celebrate it.
7. Writing: Use writing as a way of dialoging with your inner self. Ask questions, write down the answers and read them aloud. Do the answers feel true? If not, take a few breaths, settle yourself and begin again. Relaxation is key.
8. Action: Taking action based on trust in your inner direction develops new life perspectives, a feeling of expansion and trust. Taking action builds a new way of life.
What about you? How do you sustain your inner connection? Let me know in your comments below!