Babies are naturally intuitive. Babies poop, sleep, eat, play and cry when they need to, not when they are told to. They rely on their body's innate wisdom, over their parents, or the world's wants. Over time this grounded trust of our body's instincts is questioned. Societal conditioning tells us to eat a certain way, behave a certain way, to go to bed at this time, and to trust science over intuition.
What is intuition?
Intuition is the ability to know something to be true without analytical information to back it up. It is a psychological process that utilizes experiences from the past and cues from our body to make a decision. That feeling you've experienced where you sense something is "off", or you know to turn right instead of left, or that someone you love requires your attention. Intuition is the gift that reminds us that our bodies are smarter than we give them credit for.
Why is it though that we send our energy and source our information from the outside world? We spend time researching the diet that we think we should do, without considering if that what our bodies unique needs would thrive off of. We give up coffee, because it makes our best friend wired and anxious, even though we really enjoy it. Or we conform to our partner's sleep routine and forget what works best for us. We have forgotten our preferences, and instead enlisted into the egotistical society- the shoulds, the "rights" and the need for others' approval.
How To Tap Into Your Intuition
"Listen to your gut", we've all heard it, and yet most of us don't apply it to our lives. Science has found that our digestive system is not solely for digestion, it also aids in our emotional wellbeing. The enteric nervous system (ENS) is thought of as our second brain. The ENS lines our gut with about 500 million neurons (nearly 5 times more than your spinal cord!), these neurons communicate with the brain regulating hunger and emotional wellbeing.
Intuition is a brilliant thing, here are some tips on how to tap into it.
1) Slow Down
Next time you are making a decision take a moment and breathe. Rather than calling a friend or searching the web, slow down and listen. When you silence the mind, you will find the answer you were looking for was always within, you just had to listen and be patient.
2) Focus On Your Gut Health
A healthy gut is a happy mind. Our gut is home to 100 trillion microbes, most of which are good bacteria, that translate over to our mood-enhancing chemicals-serotonin, dopamine, GABA, cortisol, and oxytocin. When we eat more whole foods rich in fiber, our microbes in our gut aid in proper mood function. With processed food accessible nearly at every corner, I understand maintaining a healthy gut can be tough. Here are a few tips to maintain a healthy gut.
1) Find a high quality probiotic, that provides billions of live bacteria.
2) Focus on eating whole foods high in fiber.
3) Feel It Out
Goosebumps? Bellyache? Butterflies? Yes, that is your intuition at play. Feel for the subtle and not so subtle cues the body provides you. You will know when something feels in alignment because it will feel exciting, your body will feel open and light. Trust and feel it out, baby!
4) Let Go Of The Ego
Other's opinions, negativity, and attachment will cloud your intuition. When we hold onto what others think or create negative self talk we cloud our perception. In order to feel your body's signals, you must release the ego, the things that weigh you down.
Intuition requires a sense of trust and genuine curiosity. Similar to a muscle, intuition strengthens over time and with consistent exercise.