Intuition is the way in which the subconscious mind communicates with the conscious mind. There are many different ways to tap into your intuition. The most important tips to remember when trying to listen to your intuition are: understand your wants and needs, trust yourself, listen to your gut, pay attention to your body and what is going on around you, be relaxed and in the right mindset, and make a point to connect with other people. These will benefit you in the long run and help you harness your intuitive wisdom! With July being National Picnic Month, we decided that tapping into your intuition can be a lot like packing a picnic.
To start, picnics usually have a theme. All the food is meant to go together and compliment each other. Similarly, when trying to tap into your intuitive wisdom, you want to make sure you’re around the right people who don’t sway your decision making. Being around the wrong people impacts your ability to make decisions that are best for you and your health, and lessens your ability to listen to yourself.
Additionally, having an understanding of your wants and needs is much like the picnic blanket because both represent the foundation. Without truly knowing yourself and what you really want, how will you know what you are listening for? If we lack that basic foundation, we are more prone to making bad decisions, because we don’t know how to care for ourselves.
With that healthy foundation comes the picnic basket. The picnic basket is what carries your picnic, and it represents trusting yourself. You will not be able to carry yourself through life without having faith in yourself and the messages you receive. The more trust you put into yourself and your intuition, the greater your results will be. The food that is packed into the picnic basket represents “listening to your gut”. Our gut is lined with a system of neurons, which is why it sometimes feels like our emotions are sitting in our stomach. Our stomach is known to be a second brain, which is why experiencing anxiety gives us a stomach ache or why intense worry can turn into an ulcer. Listening to our gut is an important part of our intuition and the messages it brings are extremely important. The utensils of the picnic are a symbol of the way we need to pay attention to our bodies and surroundings. This is what helps us listen to our gut, which in turn helps us trust ourselves.
All of these components can be difficult to digest without being relaxed and in the right mindset. Poor decision making stems from a negative mindset. In order to listen to ourselves better, we need to embrace a more positive mindset. Packing a successful picnic always involves a good drink. The drink makes things go down smoother, and a good drink will alleviate stress and get your mood soaring. Then, eventually, we all succumb to something a little sweet at the end of our picnic. Surrendering to dessert is a lot like surrendering to your inner voice, which are both healing and empowering.
As you continue to think about ways to connect with your inner voice, remember to take moments of quiet meditation and self-reflection in order to develop this new skill even further.
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Alli is our office manager and writer who is passionate about connecting people through words. Alli studied English at Arizona State University, just recently moved to St. Pete and is enjoying paradise. Her interests include painting, nature, and learning about other people.