Using Your Personal GPS (Gut, Perceptions, Senses)

There is something special about not knowing exactly where you are -- whether driving in a new area (sans car GPS) or hiking at a wilderness area for the first time (sans handheld GPS). At the point where I give up having to know for sure, is the exact point where body and mind and spirit go into a full-on awareness; where every sight and sound and movement has significance. It is the exact point where mystery and mystique take over; where life shifts into being a puzzle that needs to be solved rather than a well-traveled road that needs to be followed.

Why do we strive so hard never to be lost? Why is it that we think that being predictably on course is the "best" way to get somewhere? Why do we choose to bypass our personal navigation systems -- ignoring gut feelings, discounting hunches, and over-looking what we see, hear and feel? I have found that there isn't a situation that I can't resolve by becoming still and watching patterns and movement in my surroundings.

On a recent hike at a new area, I had to completely trust myself to find the path -- for here was the informational kiosk on the path (I interpreted it to mean "trust yourself").


And here was the initial trail marker for the red-blazed trail (I interpreted it to mean "make it whatever color you need it to be"). And, all was well!



HuffPost's GPS for the Soul app is based on two truths about human beings. First: We all have a centered place of wisdom, harmony and balance within us. Second: We're all going to veer away from that place, again and again and again. What we need is a great course-correcting mechanism -- a GPS for the Soul -- to help us find our way back to that centered place, from which everything is possible.

Because no one knows better than you what helps you de-stress and tap into that place of peace inside yourself, it's important for you to create your very own GPS guide -- a personalized collection of whatever helps you course-correct. Email us at and we'll set you up with your very own HuffPost blogger account to share your guide on the site. If you're already a blogger, we encourage you to upload your personal guide today. We can't wait to see what you have to share.