How to Listen to Your Inner Voice and Follow Your Intuition
The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. ~Gisele Bundchen
Listening and then following your intuition can be hard, but it is essential for living a happy and blissful live!
We live in a patriarchal/masculine society where we have decided to use logic over intuition, but clearly this hasn’t gotten us very far. The time of the feminine is here, and it is time to start listening and trusting our own intuition. I’m not saying to throw logic and reasoning out the door, but if you want to live a life of happiness and ease (better, more amazing life!) then you need to start with trusting your intuition.
I want to tell you my story and to hopefully inspire you to listen to your inner voice as well.
I studied accounting in college. I was never truly interested in being an accountant, but was told by people “you’ll make a lot of money”, “accounting is a secure and well paid job”, “you’ll be able to support yourself,” etc.
In the back of my mind, I knew accounting was not for me. One thing I loved was traveling. So along came this amazing opportunity to do my masters over in the United Kingdom and play/coach lacrosse. How on earth was I going to convince my parents this is was ok? By telling them I’d go get a masters in finance, duh!
After an amazing year of living abroad and traveling around Europe, I was back in the same boat – unsure and confused about what to do with my life. Looking back, I realize I wasn’t truly happy. I felt like something was always missing. I used partying and alcohol to fill the gap, not knowing there were other options.
Along came a job opportunity, unrelated to accounting/finance, but for a nutrition school. To me, this sounded amazing. The salary was not great, but something was telling me not to pass down this opportunity. I took the job. That was the first time I really listened to my voice inside.
The job ended up getting me a scholarship to become a Health Coach. I fell in love with the holistic lifestyle. I had a job that allowed me to be myself, and do the things I loved.
My intuition then led me to complete a yoga teacher training, something I had thought and dreamed about for a while. I never would have taken the plunge into this teacher training without finally listening to what my inner voice was guiding me to do.
Intuition is the highest form of intelligence, transcending all individual abilities and skills. ~Sylvia Clare
Here I am now, pursuing my passions of nutrition and yoga. I am a certified health coach, and yoga instructor. I am teaching yoga in NYC and coaching clients in health and wellness in person and on Skype! I absolutely love being able to help people by teaching them what I know and love. I am finally on my way to living the life of my dreams., and you could be too!
So… How do you do it?
Here are some tips to start tapping into your intuition:
Start listening to yourself, and to the signs the universe is displaying all around you.
2. Live in the present moment
The past is in the past, and the future hasn’t come yet. Just focus on now, how are you feeling right now. Once you are able to live more in the present moment without worrying about the future and the past, you will be able to listen more closely!
Stop rushing through life. Everything you do should be done mindfully. This goes along with being present; you cannot do something mindfully, if you are not present.
This is a scary one for some people! Just sit for a few minutes each day with yourself, with no distractions. Start to see what comes up in your mind, try to quiet your mind, and then see what comes up again. Meditation is a great way to really get to know your tru self
5. Be confident
Start to embrace who you truly are, your true inner self, and be confident in that person! That person is beautiful, smart, and powerful. Believe it!
I encourage you to start tapping into your inner voice, listening to what is inside. You will really start to figure out what your true passions are. When you know what they are, then use your logic and reasoning to figure out how to get there, and how to let you create the life of your dreams.
This article was written by Justine Thorner. Justine is a board certified health coach & yoga instructor. She teaches public and private yoga classes throughout New York City and coaches clients over the phone and skype all over the world! Justine is able to integrate yoga with her understanding of and passion for nutrition and holistic health to help her clients live their happiest, healthiest & most fulfilling lives. Check out her website, and stay connected with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.