How many of you need a scientist to tell you what is intuition? If you are what I use to be you might say no. You’ll say this of course, out of ignorance. I hardly knew it more or less follow it. The age of stupidity. It is what I once you as a “second mind” but never paid attention and as a consequence, many times ended up with results I never wanted.
Our intuition is that sense of knowing the right decisions or whatever it may be, prior to doing it. That gut feeling that we may ignore so many times.
How do we develop our intuition?
While some may value the ability to make quick decisions others take time to deliberate and reflect. Then there are those who have no idea and some may be doubtful. But one of the things I’ve learned is to practice awareness – be present. This helps us to build our confidence and embrace that gut feeling. This was my hardest lesson. But following our intuition is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. How do you develop this thing called intuition? The interaction of the subconscious and the conscious mind.
I will share with you two of the most effective ways I have learned to develop my intuition.
Being aware is key. This is being conscious, or the ability to perceive. When you are among your associates practice listening intently. Hear what they are trying to convey, don’t judge. See the conversation as an opportunity to learn, look for the non-verbals, and find the hidden meaning. Try not to be paranoid or overthink what is being said. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more you know the fewer assumptions you’ll make and you will be able to see for yourself. When you are alone sit quietly and listen to your body – don’t think about anything just focus on yourself. Take deep breaths. This in particular is meditative and have become one of my go-to daily practice.
Next, absorb yourself in books that are relevant. This will help to strengthen your ability to pay attention to what is happening around you. Your brain is never tired of new information. It increases your understanding and works well when you are in listening mode. You will gain more knowledge, and when this knowledge is applied can reduce your misperception of others and their behaviour. Try not to skim pages when reading instead, read and re-read for a better understanding, this will also increase your ability to concentrate. Reading makes you think and feel. This will serve you well when you’re in your circles and enhance your relationships with others.
“Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.Mahatma Ghandi
I’d suggest that you try other exercises that work for you and you are comfortable with. There are so many more to this. Perhaps you can work with groups if you desire. However, working on yourself by yourself sometimes can bring you so much more satisfaction and joy.