The world today can be overwhelming! With all the changes happening minute by minute society seems to revolve more and more around technology, screens, and stress. It is far too easy to get caught up comparing yourself to the perfectly curated lives you see on social media, or feeling overwhelmed by the never-ending 24-hour news cycle.

It’s no wonder you can often find yourself feeling caught in negative cycles of anxiety, fear, and stress.  

Thankfully, you were born with the ability to access a tool that can help you overcome all of today’s modern struggles. This tool can help guide you through life to stay on your path. It is your one true superpower, an ancient wisdom buried within; I am talking about is your intuition, of course!        

The definition of intuition is, “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning”. In other words, it’s the bridging of the gap between your conscious and unconscious minds.

For example, have you ever had an unexplainable feeling in your gut that instinctively told you when something you were doing was right or wrong? That is your intuition speaking. Now imagine what your life would be like if you were able to access that inner guidance system whenever you needed it.

That sounds amazing, right?

Who wouldn’t want more of that? 

 Listening and trusting that little voice is a marvelous thing on its own, but working to develop it makes it even more powerful. You have the sacred ability to grow and strengthen your intuition. 

The more you use it, the more it expands and evolves. Intuition is like a muscle that needs exercise and nourishment to flourish. This is the first in a series of time-tested ways to get in tune with and develop your intuition. Try them out and see what works for you.

1. Think Less, Feel More

Your cognitive brain thinks, your intuition feels. Your mind is always reasoning, questioning and thinking its way through the day. After so many years of this, you don’t even realize this is happening. If people could hear all the questions, you cognitive brain is bouncing around all day, they would think you are crazy! (Sometimes, you may wonder if you are ;})

Try to slow down and “feel” more. Feelings that are grounded in your body, are also grounded in truth. These feelings will never lie. Learn to listen to them more.

Pay attention to those little signals that your body gives you. It can be your heart beating faster, that knot in the pit of your stomach, feeling hot, feeling cold or a tingling sensation.

You know the situation; you meet someone and immediately know something is off about them, you can just feel it. Maybe they are lying to you or treating someone poorly; your physical body can feel that and alert you. If you pay more attention to these physical cues, you could avoid many uncomfortable, painful or awkward situations. This is your intuition speaking and it’s trying to guide you in the right direction.

Using your D.A.N.C.E. Journal™ is a great way to move your thoughts out of the forefront and allow your intuition to speak.

2. Meditate:

Another great way to train your mind to give you a break is meditation, and unless you

have been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you have heard about how important meditating is.

Hear me out! Even if you say, ‘Meditating doesn’t work for me.’ Keep reading…let’s take a look at mediation through the lens of helping you exercise your intuition.

As you may have discovered, intuition has a very soft voice. If your mind is busy with the stresses of daily life, it can be very hard to hear this little voice. Meditation is a great way to clear the mind, quiet the constant inner dialogue and make room for your intuition to come through.

Try this basic meditation to help you listen and tune into your inner spirit! 

-Set a timer for 10 minutes.

-Find a relaxing and comfortable place to sit.

-Close your eyes and stay quiet.

-Listen to and feel your breath (really pay attention to it) without trying to change it.

-Just observe the breath. Notice any sensations that arise. Just BE present.

 -When your mind wanders, just bring your focus back to your breath.

When your timer goes off, slowly open your eyes and take a moment to write down any important thoughts, messages, feelings, or insights you may have received during your meditation. 

Keep practicing!

3. Breathwork:

One of the best ways to quiet the mind and get in tune with your inner voice is through your breathe. If you are around me for any time at all you will hear me say, ‘Breathe!’

Breathwork can be used during both of the methods mentioned above or on its one. Try this 4-7-8 method to give your intuition the opportunity to shine through and bring your consciousness to the present.

-Start by emptying your lungs of air.

-Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.

-Hold that breath for 7 seconds.

-Exhale slowly through your mouth for 8 seconds.  

-Repeat this process 4 times.  

This 4-7-8 technique will not only help with intuition, it is a great way to mitigate stress and lower anxiety. Imagine how the whole world would be a much better place if everyone would practice this simple technique once a day! 

I use a great app, Breathwrk. Available on Google Play Store and I am sure Apple as well. There is a paid version but I find the free version to be just what I need.

In a follow up post we will look at more ways to exercise your intuition! Comment below how these work for you and add your favorite way to tune into your intuition!