Does hearing “develop your intuition” make your stomach tighten and your head swim? Do you think only super spiritual people can do it? Or maybe you believe that to foster your intuition you have to spend years in grueling meditation and perhaps even live in a remote cave?
While spending time in meditation and giving yourself enough space away from the busyness of daily life definitely helps to increase intuition, it’s not nearly as strenuous as taking up residence in a bat-filled cave!
Thanks to advances in neuroscience, what mindfulness practitioners for millennia have known is now being recognized as truly beneficial in our modern world…it isn’t just some hocus pocus for the granola eaters of the world! You don’t have to live in an ashram to take advantage of the power of mindfulness, which is good news for us all! (Cuz, ya know, I like living with my family. Call me crazy!)
Mindfulness, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is paying attention in each moment, on purpose, without judgement.
Mindfulness is simple, but not easy.
In our modern world where we are all so addicted to speed and “doing,” being aware of one’s thoughts, bodily sensations and emotions can be a challenge. But one that is definitely worth the effort!
Practicing mindfulness is a great way to develop your intuition. In fact, I would say a more refined intuition is a natural byproduct of living mindfully!
6 Ways to Develop Your Intuition With Mindfulness
- Slow down
Always being on the go leaves little chance for us to tap into our intuition, let alone develop it. Mindfulness promotes slowing down our lives so that we can actually notice and appreciate the richness of life. When we aren’t rushing on to the next thing or place, we allow space in our minds and hearts to receive the information our intuition is trying to send.
- Spend time “being”
Ever feel like you are more a human “doing” than a human “being”? Our culture recognizes and honors doing, and in our desire for this recognition from others, especially from people of standing, we do, do, and then do some more. After a while, our brains literally get hooked on this, because of the release of endorphins that naturally occurs from “doing.” But living at a pace that doesn’t allow us a chance to inspect our thoughts or inner lives doesn’t offer space to hear the small, still voice that is offering us guidance we need to make our lives more joyful and peaceful. Mindfulness offers us this “being” time, and in fact, endorses it!
- Be self-aware
Spending time being with yourself, and all that includes, and slowing life down spontaneously leads to more self-awareness. Being aware of your typical thoughts, feelings and responses makes it easier to recognize when something is different. Maybe you have a sudden thought pop into your head out of nowhere. Since this isn’t typical, you notice it and can recognize it as an intuitive message that you need to heed. These types of events happen frequently once you are more self-aware, which means you more easily boost your intuition.
Because we receive many of our intuitive messages through unusual thoughts and sensations in our bodies, mindfulness instinctively raises our awareness of these things since a big part of mindfulness is noticing. And just like with intuition, there’s nothing to do but take note of what is occurring. There’s no need to change anything–just noticing is enough.
- Clear the clutter
Practicing mindfulness doesn’t mean you will be able to completely stop thinking at will. Brains think…that’s what they are meant to do. But what it can do is clear out some of the mind clutter so that you are more open to your intuition and the information you receive. Having less mind chatter spontaneously allows intuitive messages to come to you, and as you are noticing more, you will be able to “hear” the messages you receive, instead of them being drowned out by thought clutter.
- Let go
Limiting thoughts and negative feelings that we hold onto keep our vibration level low, which means we can’t always receive the intuitive messages we desire or need. Mindfulness encourages us to notice feelings and thoughts without attaching to them. Once we observe them with compassion and curiosity, we can more easily let go of them so that we can be in tune with our higher purpose. Mindfully letting go of the thoughts and feelings that no longer serve us is not the same thing as pushing them away (which never works) or pushing them down (they will always rise up, eventually). Rather, watching and accepting them as part of you until they simple evaporate, frees you to raise your vibration to a higher level so that you can access the intuitive information available to you.
Mindfulness can naturally boost your intuition in exciting ways that you might not have thought of before. It’s a way to live more peacefully and joyfully by getting in touch with yourself and your daily experience.
About Jacqueline Myers
Jacqueline Myers is a recovering perfectionist, mindfulness practitioner, freelance writer, best-selling author and solopreneur. You can join her on the mindfulness journey at The Mindful Solopreneur, where her mission is to assist others who, like her, want to live a balanced, meaningful life, both in and out of the office. Join the community on Twitter and Pinterest.