This post picks up from yesterday’s post on trusting your instincts.
First sit in a comfortable place and position. Quiet your external environment. Turn down or better yet, turn off the radio, TV or computer. Dim the lights if you are indoors. If you can get near natural sunlight, please do.
Close your eyes. Breathe in, and out, in a gentle steady rhythm for you. Keep breathing like this for the remainder of the exercise. Become aware of what you are feeling in your body, your arms, your stomach, your legs, your chest, your back, your fingers, your head… What do you feel? And where do you feel it?
When your mind wanders to some thought, just notice that it has wandered and bring your attention back to your body. What do you feel? And where do you feel it?
And when your mind once again wanders to some thought, just notice that it has wandered and bring your attention back to your body. What do you feel? And where do you feel it?
There are most likely consistent answers you are getting to the questions: What do you feel? And where do you feel it? This is your knowing gut. It might be in your abdomen, or legs and left little pinky finger, different people find it in different places.
Are you not entirely sure what and where you are feeling? That’s okay. Keep practicing this exercise and the answers will become clearer. The smog we have in our internal environments can take time to dissipate. But it will dissipate.
This is only one possible exercise to find your knowing gut. If it does not work well for you, try something else. You might go for a long walk, during which you focus your attention not on the thoughts running around in your brain, but rather on those coursing through the fibers and bones of your body.
Know of some other exercises? Please feel free to share them with me in the comment section of my blog. I’d love to learn about what works or not for you.