Intuition, Mindfulness, Personal, Professional

The Power of Gut Instincts

This week is the return of another season of one of my favourite shows, Scandal; a part of the “Thank God It’s Thursday (TGIT)” phenomenon with the incredible Shonda Rimes. I thought it was the perfect time to share some opinions about one of the most powerful tools of the fictional character Olivia Pope – her gut.

Many surveys and research have been developed over the idea of intuition versus statistics, and I while I am focusing on the gut today, I do feel strongly that there is a need for a balance between the two. A book that does a great job describing the circumstances in which you should use each of these is Decisions: Making the Right Ones, Righting the Wrong Ones by Jim Treliving. There’s a lot more to it, but the “Coles notes” version is that Jim Treliving makes his decisions about work with his heart, about money with his head, and about people with his gut.

Ever have that feeling in your gut that something just isn’t right? That you shouldn’t take that job? Perhaps you really shouldn’t trust a certain person? All of these happen for a reason, and I believe that we feel our gut reactions most strongly when we are making errors, being deceived, or are forcing something before the timing is right. But what about the good stuff? Shouldn’t we trust our gut for the right reasons too?

After realizing how spot on my gut has been in determining all the “wrongs” in my life, I’ve started giving my gut a little more trust in the positive aspects of my life as well. By meditating regularly, I’ve been  able to listen a little closer. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a great start! Strangely enough, I find there are a couple of things that seem to oddly pop into my head – like craving a hot bath, or a night of karaoke. Recently I had been craving a night of singing – and after singing out some emotions this past week (if you’ve never tried Tonic Karaoke, I highly recommend it), it gave me clarity on a couple other things going in my life. I had this sudden mental refresher, and a realization that there were things I need to fix/change/alter in my life; all of this, because I listened to my gut.

While I fully understand Olivia Pope is a fictional character, it’s amazing what an impact she’s had on the way I look at some things and how I am regularly tuning into my own gut reactions a bit more. I guess we are truly influenced by the things we watch and interact with – some for the better, and some for the worse. All I have to say, is trust your gut. It’s trying to tell you something for a reason. It doesn’t mean that your gut reaction is always an EASY solution/decision, but it’s usually a bang on decision.

If you’re looking to dabble in meditation a little bit more, I highly recommend downloading the Calm meditation app. Tune into your gut a little stronger! ????

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