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I was chatting with one of my cousins regarding one of my issues. There are some guys that I don’t feel comfortable with–whether at work and outside of it.

Usually, I can tolerate a lot (and I mean A LOT) until I feel like I have to take some measures.

As I was explaining my situation, my cousin said that the problem was that I am too nice.

She had experienced the same thing, and that my being nice could sometimes be an encouragement to others.

Since I usually smile, divert, and just remove myself from the situation quickly when I feel uncomfortable… that by not saying anything about what’s making me uncomfortable… I was actually perpetuating my situation.

I think that this is another tough lesson for me to learn from, and is an important part of self-care and standing up for myself.

 

 

 

20140731-235910.jpgDay 12 – Intuition – Tuition From Within

Thought for the day: I pay more attention to my intuition and follow its advice

Daily Quote:
Once you start living the life of truth, authenticity, of your original face, all troubles by and by disappear because your inner conflict drops and you are no longer divided. Your voice has a unity then, your whole being becomes an orchestra.” ~Osho

Today’s message from Osho is about intuition.

Intuition comes from within. It is our inner guidance. We sometimes feel it in our gut, when something feels off or or as a hunch. We often feel this in our “Hara” (Japanese) or “Tan T’ien” (Chinese) which is the contact center of our body and soul (aka Chi) located about two inches below our navel.

Have you ever done something and regretted it, and realized that prior to your action, you received an inner knowing not to do it, but you ignored it anyway?

When you don’t follow your hunch or your gut feeling, what happens?

For me, I learn tougher lessons when I don’t follow my intuition! HaHa

But it’s hard to discern sometimes, right? Lucky for us, today’s course is followed by a meditation process that will help strengthen the Hara to help us find balance in our lives and also strengthen our inner guidance–our intuition. Register for the course at Mentors Channel to view the complete meditation process.

Excerpt from the course:
You can always go into your intuition energy and you will always find right advice. That is what, in the East, they have always been calling the Inner Guru, your Inner Master. Once your intuition has started functioning, you need not go and ask any outer guru for any advice. Intuition is in tune with oneself, totally in tune with oneself. And out of that tuning, solutions arise from nowhere.”

(Disclaimer: All images and meditations are from Osho’s 21-day meditation series by Mentors Channel.)

Related Links:
Osho: A Course In Meditation, 21 Day Workout For Your Consciousness (visit to register, it’s free).

Mentors Channel

Older posts regarding my meditation journey:
Day 1: Strength Through Devotion
Day 2: Meditations on Love and Relationship
Day 3: Meditations On Anger
Day 4: The Art of Living in Balance
Day 5: Love and Meditation go Hand in Hand
Day 6: Living Dangerously
Day 7: Watching The Mind
Day 8: It Needs Intelligence To Be Happy
Day 9: The Integration Of Body, Mind and Soul
Day 10: How To Slow Down
Day 11: Everybody Is Creative

20140426-212557.jpgThis is the second week of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow Meditation Experience. Week two focuses on connecting with the seven chakra centers to “build a grounded state of peace and possibility.” Week two will activate what we found within last week.

So far, we have experienced the following meditations (earlier posts below):
Day 6: Finding Wisdom (Om)
Day 7: Finding Consciousness (Sahasrara Im)
Day 8: Activating Security (Om Dakini Namaha)
Day 9: Activating Happiness (Om Rakini Namaha)
Day 10: Activating Power (Om Lakini Namaha)
Day 11: Activating Love (Om Kakini Namaha)
Day 12: Activating Expression (Om Shakini Namaha)

Today we activate the 6th Chakra, the Brow (Third Eye) Chakra, which will help us get in tune with our intuition.

Intuition is that inner knowingness. We all have this in us, kind of a built-in mechanism, but sometimes we have a hard time listening or even trusting it. Sometimes, we even block our receptivity to it. For me, that happens when I worry or doubt or when I am riding an emotional roller coaster.

I was more intuitive as a child, when I had utmost trust in the flow. As I grew older, I gave in to outer guidance more and more.

Today, I am trying to reclaim what I once had as a child, because I am realizing for myself that when I trust my intuition, things are easier, I make better choices, my perception is better, and I feel less like I am swimming upstream in life.

Today’s centering thought is “my inner wisdom wisely guides my actions.”

Today’s Sanskrit mantra is Om Hakini Namaha, which means “I activate my intuition.”

Link:
Visit The Chopra Center to sign up for the free 21-day meditation experience.

(Image courtesy of The Chopra Center.)

Older posts:
Day 1: Finding Security (Lam)
Day 2: Finding Happiness (Yam)
Day 3: Finding Power (Ram)
Day 4: Finding Love (Vam)
Day 5: Finding Expression (Ham)

20131114-172259.jpgWhen I wrote my post, “To Have A Clear Heart,” I really didn’t feel good about it.  I think I was still trying to understand the concept of what I read about having a clear heart.  I even asked my cousin to read it and see if it was okay, because I just felt it was cold and impersonal to me. Little did I know that I was going to learn about it in a big way.

(Please note: In order to understand what I learned yesterday, I will be placing an asterisk (*) with a number throughout my post, but I will explain each later.)

After I pulled into the Food Bank’s parking lot, I collected the things I would bring with me like my car keys and phone.  Somehow, I decided to take my driver’s license (*1) with me; which in past volunteer work, I never did.  I locked up the car and put my driver’s license in my pants’ zippered pocket along with my car keys.

When we finished, on the way out, I pumped some alcohol gel into my left hand and then wiped away, finishing outside of the building.  Sometime after I exited the building and when I got to my car, I took my car keys from my pocket.  When I got to my car, I reached into my pocket to put my driver’s license into my wallet and that was when I realized I no longer had it.

I got out of the car and started to backtrack.  The captain of our volunteer team and another team member were chatting off to one side, and I almost reached out to them if they may have seen my license on the ground (*2), but I decided to keep searching on my own (*3).  When I reached the door to the office and pulled, it was locked.  I looked in and all the lights were off.  I realized they had already closed down the office.  Luckily, someone heard me try to open the door and let me in to search for my license inside.  I did not see it.  By this time, I started to pray because I started to worry.+

I remember having a subtle feeling to calm down, take a few deep breaths, be quiet, and be still(*4), but I started to think about the mess I was in.  I continued to worry.  I became distracted by all the truck drivers trying to fill their trucks with bins of produce for deliveries and wondered if I should ask them if they have seen my license.  The captain and the other team member had finished their talk, so I decided to ask the captain, V, if he had seen my license.  He did not, but he decided to help me.

We went back to the office, but this time, no one came to the door.  I started to talk about my fears.  V was very calm, helpful, and positive the entire time.  On the way to the front of the building where we could come in through another set of doors, V saw a plastic card on the ground and reached down to get it.  It was my driver’s license!  It was close to the area where he and the other team member were chatting a few minutes ago.

I thanked him and was extremely grateful.  Then I started to laugh and told V about a post I had written about having a clear heart the night before.  That if you act while in the midst of strong emotions, you won’t be able to act clearly (*5).  I finally understood it… I was given the opportunity to learn it first hand.

So here are my lessons learned (and hope not to forget!):

*1: Driver’s License: I didn’t need it, yet I still took it with me.  That should have made me think something was up. HaHa!

*2: I did not stop to ask my two team mates if maybe they saw something on the ground.  (I might have seen my driver’s license then.)

*3: I decided not to ask anyone for possible help, and continued to take care of things on my own.  I need to learn to ask for help.

*4: I felt the need to calm myself down, but I ignored it. Follow your intuition, woman! (Sigh)

*5: Strong emotions will cloud your thinking.  Calm down and let the waves of emotions come and go first, before doing anything.

I am grateful for the lessons I learned yesterday.

Footnote:

+ When I traveled around Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, and South Korea (I did not know the language at all and my survival Korean phrase book did not help) by myself a few years back, whenever I felt that I had exhausted everything I could do on my own, as soon as I prayed for help, I received it.  That was when I realized (1) all my prayers are heard, (2) I am never alone, and (3) I will always be alright, no matter what.  The hard thing is not forgetting when strong emotions are in the way!  HaHa!

Links:

My reference post, To Have A Clear Heart.

FYHI have love for my family and friends. I have given unconditional love to others, but I will let you in on a secret…  I have never been in love.  How sad is that, right? I almost put it on my bucket list. HaHa!

In the process of learning to love myself–my authentic self–I really had to look at myself in the mirror.  I realized I put so many restrictions in my life.  That was why I couldn’t be free to live my life the way it should be lived… Happy, Free, and Fulfilled!

“The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.
~~ Deepak Chopra

I have been hurt and watched others get hurt.  Somehow, at a young age, I closed off my heart with stop signs in all directions and locked it up.  It didn’t matter that a part of my life wouldn’t be able to expand and grow.  At that time, it was better not to be hurt.

If your head tells you one thing, and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart.
~~ Marilyn vos Savant

It helped that I had a very logical mind. My mind rationalized everything, making it easier and easier for me to limit any experiences involving my heart.  My mind did a great job of being a dragon, keeping its jewel (my heart) safe.

As I learned to love myself, I realized that in keeping my heart closed, I had imprisoned my Spirit as well.  It wasn’t until after meditating regularly did I realize that I not only have to relearn to trust my heart, but also my intuition too, because the heart and Spirit go hand-in-hand.

Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.
— Author Unknown

I had to make a choice.  I had to open my heart to fully live and experience everything this life has to offer.  I had to open my heart to all possibilities–which could mean falling in love or maybe falling out of it.  It was time for my heart to experience fully.  It was time for me to experience fully.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.”

~~ Steve Jobs

My heart is open, but in baby steps mode, but open nonetheless.  As I continue to trust my heart and my intuition, my life is becoming richer and more colorful.  There is still a bit of fear, but I think, everyday, I am getting better at the whole open heart thing.

Also, in the process of loving myself, I learned that I have a far better heart than a better head. ;D

I am grateful for my better heart.  The better heart is much more ready and willing to experience the many things in life.  So now, wherever I go, I do my best to go with all my heart.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
~~ Confucius

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