How to Trust Your Gut

There's two types of intelligence. First there's the facts and figures, pros and cons and all the logical stuff that we usually focus on. That's all pretty straightforward and most folks know how to access it and use it.

The other type is bigger, deeper and much more important. It's all the knowledge, experience and intelligence you've attained throughout your life and it's not as easy to access. And there is a lot more of it. Some call it intuition, instincts or feelings while others believe it comes from a higher power.

If you want to be the best person you can possibly be, you can't rely on the facts and figures, you've got to use the full intelligence you have available to you.

First off, know what you want out of life. Know who you want to be, what you want to do, who you want to help -- know the person you want to be. Don't worry if you don't have an exact picture, you don't need to know all the details. Just understand the major stuff.

This big vision you have for yourself drives everything. When you know what that is, your "gut" will guide you to it. It's too big and there's too much involved to use surface facts and figures to get there. That's why you have to train yourself to understand what your gut is telling you.

Here's how to do it:

1. Meditate regularly
What does meditation have to do with trusting your gut? It trains you to get calm and find a peaceful place from which you can access this greater level of intelligence. Through regular meditative practice, you'll be able to instantly calm and center yourself so you can draw upon the infinite wisdom you have access to. Do it every single day for a set period of time. You won't see results the first time, or maybe not even the 50th time, but you are training yourself to be able to listen to what your gut is telling you.

2. Get quiet and listen
Try this right now. Think of a decision you need to make. Are you contemplating moving to a different city, leaving a relationship, changing jobs? Think of a yes/no question. Nothing complicated. Formulate the question in your head.

Now sit in a quiet place with no distractions. Take a moment to relax and settle into a comfortable position. With the simple question on your mind, slowly inhale, then exhale.

If you were calm and focused, a yes or a no came into your head. If you didn't catch it, try it again. Keep trying if you didn't get an answer.

3. Do it
The answer you got will lead you down the path to being the best person you can be. The answer you get won't always be the one you like or the easiest one, and it may not lead you where you think you are going, but it will always be the one that is the most genuine to who you really are.

This takes practice. It requires a regular meditation practice and you have to be open to receiving (and acting on) answers that you may not understand right away. But then again, becoming your best self isn't supposed to be easy.

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