2011-06-03 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

Have you been trusting your own instincts lately? We have pundits everywhere telling us how to do everything from breathing to sleeping and everything else in between. We are told what to eat, what to think and what to do. So much is legislated to keep us safe.

People can tell us when the world is ending, what invisible microbes can do to us, and what things to pay attention to. Where does our own mind fit in here? Some people do feel that if they do everything right ... according to the experts ... then they should be guaranteed good health, success and rewards. When the opposite happens, like getting a disease, they feel betrayed.

The most important thing to remember is that the advice of experts changes all the time. Moderation is probably a good way to be safe. But, if you can, your own inner guidance will propel you to do things or think things that may seem counter to what experts feel. Many of us just dismiss our own feelings and feel safer trusting the outside world. In the long run, you will be given good information from your own instincts as long as you are in balance. Your impulses are not the same as your instincts.

When our energy is calm and in balance, and we allow our inner information to give us gut feelings or inner knowing, it is usually smarter to trust ourselves. Experience is the only way we can know if this works or not. The more we can do what we feel, the more we can see that our lives can become easier. The more it works, the more reinforcement we have to continue. So, if you can follow what you think is important, see if it gives you more peace and satisfaction and brings you closer to what you believe your life is about. Trust yourself even if others don’t understand. The way it goes, may show in the long run how important it was that you took the actions that you did.

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