Years ago, people searched for the answers to their life situations in books and by talking to a friend, family member, neighbour, teacher, preacher, carpenter, policeman, doctor, etc. Now many of us depend on Google, which seems to have an answer for everything.
Today we all seem to be caught up in the rush of life, which often times leaves us feeling stressed, frustrated, annoyed, confused, worried, overwhelmed and exhausted. We're not always happy with our relationships, jobs, where we live and even with ourselves. We continually try to find a better of way living and we keep repeating the same mistakes. We search for answers to solve our problems and despite all the information that is available to us, we can't seem to find anything that works.
Why we wonder? We tell ourselves that we've tried and yet nothing is working, so we become more frustrated and feel defeated. If only we could find someone to tell us the easy way to make things better.
But the truth is that even if someone gave you the answers to your many questions, would you listen? What if you found someone to help you, who knows you very well and wants only what is best for you, would you follow their advice?
What if I could point you in the direction of that one person who has all the answers that you will ever need, would you stop everything else and sit down and really listen?
Who could that person be you must be wondering? Okay I will tell you... the only person who has the answers that you are looking for is looking back at you in the mirror. Oh yes I forgot... most of you don't really like that person looking back at you. The hair is too straight, your smile is ugly, your ears stick out, your skin is blotchy and the list goes on. So you never get passed your perceived physical flaws and you turn away. You have been doing that since you were a child and now you are even more critical because you are a woman and that is what we do best.
But if you take a look in the mirror again and focus on your eyes... those little windows to the soul they say, you will find your way to your true self and your instinct. From there you will connect to that silent voice inside your head who has been telling you all along what you should do.
But like everyone else, you dismiss it you own inner voice. You tune it out and listen to everyone else. We lost the ability to trust our own judgement a long time ago after we were told what to do, how to think, where to go, what we needed, what was right, what we deserved, who to love,what made us worthwhile and so much more. With so many outside influences telling us so many things, we moved away from our own "inner knowing". At a young age, we learned to believe that they must know more than we did because there were a whole lot of them in the outside world and we were alone on the inside.
And so unfortunately, we stopped listening to our inner guidance that is constantly trying to keep us safe, well and happy. Our basic instinct is as natural to our well being as our heart knowing how to pump blood to the rest of our body, or the sensation of touch, sight and sound. Just like we do not need to tell the lungs to work for us, our instinct is at work all the time, but we don't use it very well. We are the keepers of our own lives and no matter how many people tell us what to do, at the end of the day, we are the ones responsible for ourselves.
The first step to finding your answers is to take an hour to shut off the outside noise. Get in the habit of going for a walk by yourself everyday and you might find that things are going to become a lot clearer when you stop looking for answers outside yourself.
I am not telling you to stop listening to others, reading books and educating yourself. All of that is very important and can help you become stronger in your quest to find your answers. What I am saying is start to learn to trust yourself again by figuring out, who you are, what you really want and by taking steps to go after it.
I know from experience that it will take some time to start to trust your own thinking again, because first you have to work on letting go of the heavy fog of doubt, shame, judgement, guilt and fear that has dulled your ability to think for yourself. But if you want the answers, it will be worth the effort and you can be sure that your instinct will cooperate with your efforts to help you overcome your challenges by using your own powerful "gut feeling". You have more answers within yourself than you were lead to believe.
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