For the last few months I've felt a lot of pressure from social media and blogging experts to find a niche, to narrow my writing focus, all with the goal of getting more followers.
And niche down I did. Those of you who've been here for a while have probably noticed that I've been focused on local and healthy food all summer.
But a few days ago I got this strong feeling to go back to a more broad topic that I used to write about — simple living. As soon as I had that feeling, I felt a huge weight off my chest
It feels so freeing to write about my lifestyle and passions instead of just writing about local food. And to write with the goal of inspiring people and sharing my stories instead of just trying to gain followers and email subscribers.
Intuition is a powerful thing. It can be really easy to dismiss it, or to focus on what we think we should be doing. But ultimately, our heart (or gut — however you hear your intuition) knows best.
Here are three practices that can inspire you to follow your intuition.
1 | EXERCISE.
There have been so many times in my life — in college, on grad school, while writing this blog — when I've tried to find inspiration while sitting in front of a computer screen.
Over the years I learned, though, that there's a much better way to find inspiration, and it's also a great way to hear your intuition — through exercise.
Unless it's raining hard, freezing cold, or icy outside, I try to go for a walk every morning, even just for fifteen minutes.
It gets my blood pumping, I get some fresh air, and it's often when I have my most clear thoughts and ideas.
Any form of exercise will do, from a walk to cardio to weight bearing exercises. Listen to music or a podcast or a radio show, and give your mind a chance to relax.
Over time you may hear a thought from deep inside — that's your intuition.
2 | MEDITATE.
I've had a love-hate relationship with meditation for years.
In high school my friend Christa and I took a meditation class through our town's continuing education program. I was intrigued by the concept of meditation, but found it really hard not only to calm my mind, but also to sit still!
Many years later I started taking yoga, which I loved, but always struggled through any meditation the teachers led. Again, I felt my mind race and my body get really restless.
Last year when I was pregnant I downloaded an app called Breathe that happened to have a walking meditation, and I used it many times while walking the dog. This time around, I found meditation calmed me and I felt a great sense of peace each time I finished.
About two months ago I rediscovered the same app and started using it each morning while walking the baby and dog. Once again, I found myself more grounded and calm every time, and I often find my mind more clear and I can hear my intuition better.
Even a few minutes a day (while walking or while sitting still) can clear the mind and improve hearing our intuition.
3 | WRITE TO YOUR INTUITION.
I learned this technique through Jess Lively, the host of The Lively Show, which is one of my favorite podcasts.
In Jess' show and in her life, she focuses on and teaches people how to follow our intuition, and how that can help us determine which paths to take in life.
The idea of writing to your intuition may seem a little woo woo (and I was skeptical of it at first myself), but I tried it for the first time this past week and found it incredibly useful.
Learn more about the writing exercise here.
How do you go about listening to your intuition?
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