Daily Mindfulness 4/22/13 - Intuition
The words instinct and intuition are often used synonymously, but they have quite different meanings. We often are following our instincts, which are our primitive survival habits such as fight or flight. Our instincts are often fear-based. When we feel pain and avert, this is an instinct. Following our instincts is following our habit energies. We continue doing what we are doing without investigating how it serves us or why we do it.
Practicing mindfulness, we drift away from instinct and into intuition. Intuition is listening to our heart, to the feeling we experience, and to our better judgement. Where an instinct is more of a reaction, intuition is a sometimes subtle feeling of what should be done. Our intuition is connected to our heart.
Mindfulness Practice for the Day: Today, be mindful of where your instinct is driving your actions. Rather than act out of fear, get in touch with your heart and your intuitive feeling.