Sometimes, when I am sure my husband is not paying attention to what I am telling him I ask him to repeat what I just said. My hubby has selective hearing when it comes to me and he invariably repeats it back to me wrong. It reminds me of the children’s game where you whisper something into the ear of the person beside you and then they whisper to the person beside them until it goes around the circle and then the person who started reveals a usually completely altered sentence from the original.
Gossip works the same way. Every time a story is repeated the teller embellishes the original with their own perspectives and opinions until the chitchat morphs into a tall tale of misinformation.
Why am I going on about this? Because as a modern society we are inundated with so much information, stories, news and salacious chatter that we have begun to filter what we hear and skim over the facts in order to cope.
When was the last time you actually had the pleasure to sit in silence and just hear yourself think?
Why is that so important?
Because if you are tuning out the outer noise of the world, if you are suffering from information overload, if you are even filtering out the chatter of your loved ones then odds are the wisdom of your inner voice is being totally drowned out too.
Remember that little voice inside you that gives you really good, sound advice? Not the voice that tries it’s best to talk you into a midnight refrigerator raid and certainly not the voices that are telling you to do terrible things. If you are listening to those voices you’d be better off listening to the voice of a doctor instead. I’m talking about the voice of your intuition. Really the only voice you should listen too.
Here’s the trick though. When you listen to your intuition you don’t hear it with your ears, you hear it with your heart. A little voice may pop into your head giving you information but it is the emotion that follows it in your heart that really tells you what to do with it.
You may hear that little voice tell you to turn down a road but it is the jolt of fear that is guiding you to change course. Or maybe a really great idea lights up the neurons in your brain but it’s the excitement in your heart that is giving you the heads up that this could be a new life path for you.
information + emotion = intuition
Are you listening?
There is something else you need to do in order for that little voice to be heard. Trust it. The more you pay it heed the stronger and louder it becomes and the better you are able to tune out the endless noise of the outside world. So then when you do actually take the time to listen to what others have to say you will have a trusted,well developed inner guidance system that will filter all the incoming blather and discern what is relevant for your life.
Now that’s something worth listening too.
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