2011-07-01 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

When your instincts guide you, do you follow them? Sometimes we don’t because we can’t see the point or understand why we are led in a direction that doesn’t make sense. The point of following our instincts is that we don’t have all the pieces of information about everything, and we can have faith that a big picture of our lives is what guides us. For example, the other day I was taking a long walk on the beach. Inexplicably, I decided to turn around before I made my usual end point. As I got closer to the conclusion of my walk, the sky opened up to a tremendous downpour. I just walked one block as a light rain came down, but I would have been totally soaked if I had stuck to my original intellectual end point.

When you can realize that your instincts actually guide you safely, it is easier to trust yourself. When I had to make decisions about my mom’s health, everyone advised me to go in one direction. But my instincts knew she could recover, and I made different decisions because I trusted myself. It wasn’t easy to go it alone.

The end result of her recovery and continued enjoyment of her greatgrandchild is what reminds me always to trust myself. When you yourself have an experience where you can see God in action, then it strengthens you for the next opportunity to trust yourself.

It is important to distinguish between being calm and focused on clarity and being impulsive. It is only when you know that your energy is cleansed that you act on your instincts.

Even if we have to wait a day to be sure that we are on track, the answer will be there when you can breathe deeply.

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