Being a highly sensitive person can be a challenging and overwhelming experience at times. It’s easy to get caught up in the opinions and expectations of others, and to feel disconnected from our own needs and desires. However, as a highly sensitive person, you have a unique gift that can help guide you through life: your intuition.
Your intuition is the inner voice that tells you what feels right or wrong, what direction to take, and what decisions to make. It’s a powerful tool that can help you navigate the world with more ease and confidence.
I recently had a strong reminder of how important it is to listen to my intuition. I still fall into the mode of wanting to help and giving situations a bit (ok, a lot) more of the benefit of the doubt than is healthy for me. I really do want things to work out, and want to help as many people as possible, and find solutions to seemingly unsolvable issues.
Once I realize I’ve not been listening to my intuition and make a change, almost immediately I feel a sense of relief and peace. And I try to not judge myself for the not-listening, not attach to any feelings of guilt for letting go or setting that boundary, and just plan to be more aware next time.
Learning to listen to our intuition is an ongoing practice. Here are some tips for listening to your intuition:
1. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. By practicing mindfulness, you can tune into your intuition and become more aware of what your body and soul are telling you.
2. Listen to your body: If you’re a highly sensitive person, you may be more attuned to the physical sensations in your body. Pay attention to how your body feels when you’re making decisions or facing a difficult situation. Thinking about a situation or choice which resonates will feel good, calm, gentle. One that doesn’t will elicit tension, unease, friction. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s likely your intuition telling you to pause and reconsider.
3. Trust your gut: Your intuition often shows up as a gut feeling or a hunch. Trust this feeling, even if it doesn’t make logical sense at the time, and even if it’s not what others are recommending. Your intuition is often picking up on subtle cues that your conscious mind may not be aware of.
4. Get quiet: It can be difficult to hear your intuition when you’re surrounded by noise and distractions. Take time each day to get quiet and tune into your inner voice. This can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths or going for a walk in nature.
5. Practice self-compassion: Listening to your intuition can be scary, especially if it means going against the expectations of others. Remember to practice self-compassion and be gentle with yourself as you navigate this process. You have a unique gift, and it’s important to honor and respect it. There may be backlash, especially if you’re establishing a new boundary, and it’s important to allow for the discomfort it can create.
As a highly sensitive person, listening to your intuition can be a powerful tool for navigating the world with more ease and confidence. By practicing mindfulness, tuning into your body, trusting your gut, getting quiet, and practicing self-compassion, you can develop a stronger connection with your intuition and live a more fulfilling life.
Let’s chat if you’re struggling with letting go of others’ expectations and listening to yourself ❤️