Intuition — otherwise known as our sixth sense or “gut”. It might not be based on conscious and logical reasoning, but it can be a very powerful tool. As a guide, it can lead us to uncover great opportunities or help us to avoid danger. If you want to improve your intuition, here are 3 simple tips which you can adopt:
1. Pay attention to your body and your thoughts
This sounds obvious, but it is often extremely difficult to put into practice. Things often zoom by quickly, without giving us time to pause and meticulously consider what our senses are telling us. If you find yourself falling into this trap, you can overcome it by being more mindful of yourself and your surroundings. Practicing mindfulness can help you to pay more attention to your body’s response and your thoughts. To do so, simply start by focusing on your breaths. Then, turn your attention to and the items which you are touching or standing/sitting on. Honing in on the small details enables you to regain your focus and to realise what your body is telling you.
2. Act on what your intuition is telling you
Often, we tend to dismiss our intuition due to its less than rational nature. For example, it might tell us to change our job or our course of study – which are major decisions – even when there's an absence of clear signals. Don’t push away your intuition just because you are afraid of change! However, this does not mean that you should make rash decisions either. Yes, major decisions need to be analysed and thought through carefully,as the repercussions can be serious. Instead of dismissing your intuition in such scenarios, take it as a starting point and work out your reasoning from there. After all, our intuition can sometimes stem from an inner thought which has not been brought to consciousness yet.
3. Stop and listen
Take some time out of your busy schedule to rest, recuperate and most importantly, to listen to yourself. Choose an activity which can help your mind and body to be refreshed — this might be drawing, reading, jogging or even doing household chores. During this time, listen to the thoughts that surround you about your current lifestyle and choices. It might sound odd to actually try and pay attention to something as intangible as this and it will take some practise before it becomes coherent, but you'll honestly be surprised at what you yourself have to “say” when you start dialling in to the right frequency!
Your intuition can be a very powerful guide through major decisions in life. As a lot of it is subconscious thinking, it says a lot about your inner thoughts and can help you to make the right choices or to avoid complicated situations. Always remember to keep your eyes and ears peeled to what your body is telling you and to do so with an open mind!