Your body is the vehicle that communicates intuitive messages in the form of physical feelings. A feeling can be the sensation of anxiety in your stomach when you know something to be wrong, or the sense of acceptance and relief in your chest when you know something to be right and true. The answers will always reside in your body, but it’s up to you to interpret the messages and their meanings.
There are times when I feel very connected to my intuition, and there are times when I feel very disconnected. Over the years I noticed a correlation between how I honor my body (or don’t honor it), and how clearly I hear my inner guidance. I’d like to share with you the knowledge I’ve garnered throughout my life.
How to amplify your intuition
Eating healthy, whole foods
The best way to support your body is to eat whole foods that are unprocessed, close-to-the-earth, fresh, and brimming with vitamins and nutrients. I’m talking fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, fish, eggs, nuts, and fiber (depending on your diet). A general rule of thumb is: if it’s in a box, it’s processed. If it doesn’t go bad over time and it’s not a grain or legume, it’s processed. If it’s white and it’s not a potato, it’s processed.
On a typical day, I eat an array of healthy foods. I take vitamins, drink plenty of water, avoid gluten, eat healthy fats, etc. Do I follow a strict unprocessed diet? Hell no. I also like to munch on snacks, partake in drinks with friends, overdose on copious amounts of coffee, and gorge in the occasional take-out meal. I’ve found that, for me at least, it’s not so much that I avoid processed foods, but that I also feed my body with healthy foods.
I first discovered that diet affects my intuition when I was out-of-town. I have a rule that all dietary restrictions are dismissed during vacations, including my preference to eat gluten-free (I’m not going to hold back on fried chicken and biscuits if I go to North Carolina, after all). It was during one of these trips that I noticed how disconnected I felt to my inner guidance. After returning home and eating a healthy meal or two, I finally felt plugged back in to my intuition.
Being rested, calm, and grounded
The body has other fish to fry if it’s suffering from sleep-deprivation, anxiety, or emotional turbulence.
Sleep-deprivation can cause profound disturbances physically and emotionally, not to mention spiritually. It causes the body to go into fight-or-flight mode. It pushes the parasympathetic nervous system aside (the part of you that feels calm), and forces your amygdala into overdrive (the part of you that maintains survival). It also depletes your feel-good chemicals which leaves you feeling grouchy and hungry.
If I’m sleep-deprived and I’m searching for intuitive guidance, I can’t get a clear read. The messages I receive just don’t feel right. It’s as though there is a veil covering my eyes from the truth. Similarly, if I’m feeling ungrounded or experiencing emotional turbulence, my abilities are strained.
For very strong emotions, I have to allow them to run their course before I can feel calm again. For sleep deprivation, there is only one cure, and that is sleep. If I get some good rest, the next day, I can hear my intuition as clearly as ever before. It really is as simple as that.
Mindful breathing has this magical way of calming me down and promoting peace and stillness within me. After all, the Latin root for spirit, spiritus, means breath, and so it can be said that breathing connects us to our higher-spirit.
One way to engage in mindful breath is through four-square breathing, a technique to calm anxiety and promote bodily presence. You breathe in for four counts, hold it for four counts, breathe out for four counts, hold it for four counts, and repeat. I have a few friends who meditate using this technique and swear by its benefits. I personally don’t practice traditional sitting-meditation, but I enjoy mindful-physical exercise.
The way I connect with breath is through yoga. When I’m REALLY confused and I REALLY need guidance, I go to a class, and all my confusion disintegrates. The veil covering my eyes melts away and I am filled with peace and understanding. I walk away thinking, “Ohhh I get it now!” I believe that the yoga teacher makes a difference, too. I go to a class that promotes inner-exploration, and so it doesn’t surprise me that I walk away with clarity. I know this experience is unique to me, but it certainly attests to the power of breath.
Well, that’s everything I know about how to amplify your intuition. With good food, rest, mindful breathing, and being calm and grounded, you will prepare your body to receive intuitive messages loud-and-clear.
Thank you SOO much for reading!!
The inspiration for this blog post came from Ronni Ann Hall’s book, Help! I’m Sensitive: 50 Tools for the Sensitive to Help You Survive and Thrive.