How many times have you said to yourself, after some horrible event has occured, “if I’d only listened to my gut feeling?”
Did you know that you have a nervous system lining your intestines? More seratonin is produced in the gut than in the brain… So it pays to listen.
We all have instinctual responses to the environment. It’s just important to remember what those responses are: they are our basic human desire for survival…It’s not just fight or flight, although most of this kind of “knowledge” has to do with protecting you from Danger (however your body interprets that). It gets complicated by the fact that survival is also wrapped up in some very cool seratonin uptake experiences like great sex. Part of the the survival mechanism is the desire to make babies, no matter what. How many relationships have you been in that started with you over the moon for the person? You knew it was right….your gut told you so…But this is instinct not intuition…It’s your gene’s (and jean’s) desire to get eggs and sperm together as soon as possible. So how could such apparently perfect unions have gone so wrong?
It’s because you were using your instinct not your intuition. Intuition is not a survival mechanism. It has little to do with safety or procreation. Rather it has to do with balance.
Every cell of your body uses intuition to monitor its own excesses. Remember biology 101? Homeostasis? Every system of the body seeks an absence of strain.
The next time you’re head over heels for someone, with your heart pounding, your every cell pulsating, or you meet someone who just makes you feel like you never want to see them again, remember your amperage is raised in both cases…Listen, but remember what you are listening to: Is it necessary to protect yourself if it’s negative, or is it useful to bed that person whose making you gaga?
Most of us had our intuition stifled at a very young age. It takes practice to get it back.
Start with simple decisions: the pants you’re going to wear today. Stand in front of your closet, and take 5 deep breaths. Don’t try to think it through…Just breathe and calm down. Try to get your mind to be right in front of your closet, not off on your day’s activities…not where you need to be next. And then see which pants you reach for.
Let me know if you need some other little steps
Just remember: thank goodness for the kishkas…it’s just they only deal with a small (though very important) part of being human….they’re not very good at peace of mind.