Recently, I wrote of facing your fears; knowing what you want, pursuing it, acknowledging the fear and doubt, releasing it and speaking your truth.
This week, I would like to explore gut instinct. Medical philosophy suggests it is the second brain of our gastrointestinal systems and although I appreciate the biological school of thought. For me, I do not know so much what it is, as to how it makes me feel.
When I’m comfortable, I feel relaxed and engaged. Words spill as I contribute enthusiastically to those around me. However, flip the coin and there is the twisting of the stomach when I feel uncomfortable and unsettled as I swiftly seek out the nearest exit.
At the same time, the logic of my brain, always quite happy to contribute, interrupts and tries to make sense of it all. But remember, logic is influenced. What we think and ultimately feel is encouraged by external factors; childhood, environment, peers and the media as we are advised and encouraged into a way of thinking. None of this, I hasten to add, is wrong. However, this internal discussion between the head and the heart can lead to a lot of confusion, at least for me.
Then ask yourself a question; how many times have you looked back in retrospect and thought to yourself.
I knew and I didn’t listen.
It’s the hairs on the back of your neck rising in icy coldness. Your gut instinct is your soul’s barometer. If your stomach is whirling and your heart is fluttering, your body is going into self-preservation mode it is asking you to listen and take care of yourself.
Logical thinking will always have a place, as does strategy and methodology. But for me, as a creative, who lives her life in a celebration of emotion, I like to get out of my head and follow my heart, trusting my gut instinct to keep me on the right track.
So, if I could leave you with one parting wish, I would like it to be this; any answer you seek is already inside you. Stop for a moment, listen and trust what your body is trying to tell you.