Some people think of
intuition as a mystical power. Skeptics write it off as a matter of lucky
guesswork. But scientists who study the phenomenon say it a very real ability
that can be identified in lab experiments and visualized on brain scans. Research
shows that our instincts often hit us first on a visceral level, telling us
what we need to know well before our consciousness catches up.
It's easy to tell something's
afoot when your heart is pounding, you're drenched in sweat, and your stomach
is tying itself in knots. But even if the shift in your pulse or perspiration
is subtler, your intuition may still be trying to deliver a message.
You may be able to better follow your heart (and your sweat glands) by
practicing meditation. A 2005 study found that in meditators, brain regions
associated with sensitivity to the body's signals and sensory processing had
more gray matter. The greater the meditation experience, the more developed the
Learning to trust your
instincts, using your intuitive sense of what's best for you, is paramount for
any lasting success.
It's really more of a feeling
than a voice—a whispery sensation that pulsates just beneath the surface of
your being. All animals have it. We're the only creatures that deny and ignore
How many times have you gone
against your gut, only to find yourself at odds with the natural flow of
things? We all get caught up in the business of doing, and sometimes lose our
place in the flow. But the more we can tune in to our intuition, the better off
we are. I believe it's how God speaks to us.
When you don't know what to
do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice—your inner GPS
guiding you to the right direction.