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Gut Instincts: How to Find Your Intuition & Trust Your Gut

Have you ever had a feeling that hit you so hard that you felt it in your gut? Have you ever experienced a sense that you knew more about a situation than was reasonable? If you’ve experienced this sensation, then you know what it’s like to connect to your intuition—whether you knew it at the time.

Intuition can be a tricky concept because there aren’t scientific manuals that describe this sensation. It’s the kind of thing that requires gut instincts, which can be hard to focus on when you don’t know-how.

If you have a strong sense of intuition, you might be able to connect yourself to this idea more easily—but honing in on your intuitive skills can be difficult if you aren’t aware of the tips and techniques.

What Is Intuition?

Intuition connects to the deepest part of yourself—that part of you who understands things more than your surface self. The problem is that we aren’t taught to trust our intuition, we’re taught to trust science and facts. However, your gut instincts exist outside of the realm of science.

Your intuition lies deep within yourself, in your spiritual center. While science may not be able to explain and account for intuition, it exists within you, nonetheless.

Intuition is defined as “a gut feeling, or the ability to know something in your core, without scientific data to back it up.” While science has given our world a bigger and better understanding of the things going on around us, it can’t explain everything. Science cannot account for those feelings that we know to be true in our very being—and the lack of a scientific explanation doesn’t make these feelings any less real.

That Gut Feeling

Have you ever been in a situation where you had a gut feeling that things weren’t right, or that you needed to take precautions? This is the very intuition that you need to foster, especially during such challenging times. Connecting to your intuitive side will allow you to flow with the energies around you, and conversely, to know when you need to find a different vibration and flow on out.

How to Develop Your Intuition

Fortunately, even if you aren’t already connected to your intuition, there are ways to bring it out.

1. Meditate

Meditation is a practice that is beneficial for so many of life’s challenges, but it hasn’t necessarily garnered the attention it deserves. Meditation is helpful and practical for many ailments, like an inability to focus. Meditation brings your focus to the present moment, allowing you to hear the messages flowing from your own center.

When you master the art of meditation, you also connect yourself to your most internal feelings.

Related Article: How to Develop A Habit of Daily Meditation

2. Pay Attention to Your Feelings

We live in a society that asks us to ignore our feelings, but that proposition couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s important that you start to pay attention to your emotions, especially if you want to cultivate a connection with your intuition.

While there may not be scientific evidence to prove the necessity of your intuition, it’s important to learn to accept the feelings and signs within your own body.

When you get a gut feeling, it is often a strong sensation within your stomach. It’s almost like there’s a certain feeling or emotion making itself known within your center. These are the feelings that you need to start paying attention to—they may save your life someday.

3. Make Time for Your Intuition

Take at least five minutes each day to sit with your own feelings, paying attention to the sensations that flow through your body.

When you make time to place your focus on the feelings within your body, you become more attuned to subtle differences in your own energy.

4. Write About Your Experience

Keeping a log of your feelings and thoughts will make it easier for you to appreciate the wisdom flowing through your being. Once you begin to realize how correct your feelings about situations are, the easier it will be to trust your own intuition.

When you have a feeling or a thought that you don’t understand, don’t dismiss it—open a notebook and track those emotions.

5. Connect to Your Higher Self

Practice any activity that brings you closer to your center, like yoga, crystal healing, and creative self-expression.

Connecting to your own true self will make it easier to hear your own wisdom. Try activities like writing in your journal, drawing, and painting, and allow your creativity to flow—don’t hold yourself back.

Allowing your body to release this energy will make it easier for you to hear your own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Embracing Your Intuition

It doesn’t matter how you choose to connect to your intuitive center, as long as you don’t ignore your own emotions and gut instincts. It’s time to start paying attention to the sensations coming from your body, connecting to your own wisdom.

Read next: Crystals That Help You Connect to Your Intuition

Rhiannon Gessaman

Rhiannon Gessaman

Rhiannon Gessaman is a student and freelance writer who, from the time she began penning letters to the moon, knew she wanted to spend her life writing. She has written for such publications as Self-Love Soup and Astrology Answers. She is a late bloomer who decided to return to college... Read More

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