“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” ~ William S. Burroughs
A million different thoughts are flowing through my mind right now. After returning from an amazing vacation, I keep finding myself wondering what’s next. What adventure does life have in store for me next? How long until that next adventure? Why can’t every day be just like the vacation that I just experienced?
These thoughts kept me tossing and turning into the morning hours last night. I tried to think about different thoughts, I tried to focus on the good, and I tried to relax. But no matter what I did, nothing seemed to be working.
It all boiled down to control. Instead of letting go, I was trying to force all of the thoughts that were passing through my mind. I was listening to that inner voice of uncertainty and was allowing it to cloud my mind.
You often hear people tell you to, “Go with your gut”, “Trust your instincts”, “Follow your intuition” and “Listen to your inner voice.”
All of that sounds great and all, but as we know, it’s incredibly difficult to be able to slow your mind and to be conscious of that inner voice inside of your mind, especially when your mind is racing around at a million miles per hour pace.
While it is a challenge, it’s important that you do your best to never lose sight of that inner voice. It is that inner voice that knows you best, and it is that inner voice that is going to help you to achieve the life that you desire for yourself. When you can tune in to that inner voice, you can make better and stronger decisions, solve problems with a clearer focus, and live a more fulfilled and happy life.
What is Your Inner Voice
The dictionary defines intuition as, “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.”
Call it your gut feeling, your natural-born insight, your calling in life, or your heart. These are the voices that we should be listening to.
Nearly 95% of the thoughts that we think happen at an unconscious level? This means that the remaining 5% of our cognitive thoughts come from the thoughts that we are in control of. These included decisions we make, emotions we feel, and behaviors on which we act on.
Humans simply don’t have the capacity to memorize and retain every thought that comes to mind. In fact, we only have the ability to retain and consciously think about only 5% of the thoughts that we think.
It makes you wonder what happens to the remaining thoughts. And well, that’s where your inner voice comes into play. When you listen to your inner voice, hunch, gut, or whatever else you want to call it, you are actually listening to information that you have picked up on over the course of your life but haven’t had the capacity to retain at a conscious level. That’s why, when you listen to your inner voice, you are usually right. You already know the answer based on similar past experiences. You just needed to uncover it from the depths of your mind.
Can’t Hear Your Inner Voice?
Maybe you are struggling to hear that inner voice. There are times where we all experience this struggle. This is when you have to sit back and listen to where that voice is coming from. It can come from different senses such as emotions, memories, excitement, or from your heart.
When you take the time to listen to yourself, do you feel your heart rate starting to speed up? Do you get goosebumps just from thinking about the things you should be doing in life? Do you feel a sense of joy and fulfillment? All of these are different senses on which you should be focusing on. When you feel one of these, pay attention to the thoughts in which you are thinking and follow them with all of your might.
There’s no one best or way to experience your inner voice. The important thing is that you identify it when it’s trying to speak to you and that you recall in which sense you feel it.
How to Tune into Your Inner Voice
Tuning into your intuition and trying to listen to your inner voice during troubled times can be difficult with so much noise, information, and clutter in the world around us.
If you are struggling to find a clear focus, maybe these tips can help you. While there are still times in which you are going to struggle, it’s important that you know how to listen to your inner voice so that you can make strides in slowing down and finding a clear sense of focus.
Here are 5 ways to get started.
1. Find A Quiet Space.
There are lots of ways to find quiet in a busy life. Turn off the phone, shut off the TV, get away from your computer. Simply take some time and space for yourself, focus solely on the thoughts that are passing through your mind, and listen to what your body, your spirit, and your mind are telling you. You are not going to be able to think clearly and effectively in a world full of noise and chaos, so take some time to quiet your mind so that you can regain control of your thoughts.
2. Have Faith and Listen to Your Inner Voice.
Don’t just listen to your inner voice and do nothing with what it is trying to tell you. Trust it and let it guide you in life. Your inner voice is what has gotten you to where you are today and it will continue to guide you throughout all of your days. The more you have faith and believe in what it is trying to tell you, the more focused you will be and the more you will act with intention instead of acting based on your reactions.
3. Take Time and Journal Your Thoughts
One of the reasons why I often find myself struggling is because I hold onto my thoughts for far too long until they strengthen to the point where they flood my mind with chaos. In doing so, it becomes incredibly challenging to let go of them fully.
One of the best things that I can recommend is to journal your thoughts before they consume your mind. Let go of your thoughts, write down the things that are flooding your mind, and let your inner voice lead the way. There is no one right or wrong thing to write down, just what your mind is telling you.
4. Be Honest and True With Yourself
It’s easy to ignore the thoughts that we are feeling and push them away. But the more we do this, the more we will struggle to find a true sense of happiness.
The thoughts and the gut instincts that we feel are there for a reason and they are trying to tell us something. If something doesn’t feel right or meaningful, then maybe it’s time for a change in your life. Whether it’s a big change or a small one, be true to yourself and trust that your inner voice will get you to the places in which you want to go. The feeling in which we experience; they are there to guide and support us. It’s time that we start to listen to them.
5. Be Present in the Moment
To really tune in to your inner thoughts, you need to be fully present in the moment. The past can’t be changed and the future is all but certain. The only moment that matters in time is the very moment in which you are reading these words. Stop and take a moment to slow down and ask your inner voice to guide you instead of you trying to guide yourself. The more you listen to your inner voice, the clearer your focus will be and stronger your intentions will be as well.
As I was struggling to fall asleep last night, I had allowed my frustration to boil over and tried to force every thought to the point where I ended up doing more harm than good. It wasn’t until I fully let go and listened to my inner voice that I was able to fall asleep. I told myself that whatever happens, happens, but I wasn’t benefiting in any way from beating myself up and trying to force my thoughts.
Sometimes we all just need to take a step back, breathe, and regroup. Listen to what your inner voice is trying to tell you, acknowledge the direction in which it is trying to guide you in, and find peace in the life that you are living.
Your inner voice is there to guide and support you. Give it the space to be heard and let it out in whichever way it wants.