Meditation is commonly described as a powerful practice to balance out the effects of stress. Many people begin a meditation practice because they feel stressed out and want to find a little more peace of mind. However, I like many others didn’t realize that you can use meditation to tap into your intuition.

Although I’m fascinated with intuition, I tend to be a person who relies more heavily on my thinking mind than my gut. I also know that when I’m more in tune with my intuition and use it in my decision-making processes, I actually experience less stress in my life. I  have noticed that the decisions that come from my deeper sense of knowing are ones that tend to work out the best for me.

A great deal of stress in our lives comes as a result of battling between our head and our heart. When we make decisions that are aligned with our core values and our “souls”, we are way more peaceful and less stressed.

Decisions that are made purely from our thinking mind and don’t take into account our gut feelings often result in decisions that we regret.

Most of us can remember a time when we ignored our gut feelings when we were making a big decision and it didn’t turn out well. We realized pretty quickly that we made the wrong decision. We also found that the course correction for some of these decisions was pretty painful. It may have meant that we needed to end a relationship, change jobs, or deal with health consequences as a result of the stress.

If there’s one thing that we can learn from these experiences, is that we need to give our intuition and gut feelings more credit for knowing what’s best for us.  It doesn’t mean that we ignore our thinking mind, we just become more aware and balanced between the two.

We need to understand that listening to and tapping into our intuition is vital if we are to live a physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy life.

Prior to learning to meditate, I predominantly let my thinking mind run the show. I really didn’t know how to make decisions any differently and certainly had no idea how to tap into my intuition. Meditation is a very powerful tool for getting more in touch with that little voice inside of you. When you hear and pay attention to that little voice, you make more nourishing decisions.

How do you use meditation to increase your intuition?

The practice of meditation itself will increase your awareness of what’s going on inside of you. As your mind begins to settle, a whole new intuitively receptive world will open up to you.

My meditation teacher, Sarah McLean at the McLean Meditation Institute taught me a powerful practice called, “The Heart Centered Self-Inquiry” meditation. When I do this meditation, I like to start by reflecting on a problem that I’d like a solution to or a difficult decision that I need to make. I then  introduce three questions into my meditation practice:

  1. Who am I?
  2. What is my heart’s desire?
  3. How can I best love myself?
How often do you consider these three questions when you’re making difficult decisions?

In your practice, you ask these questions silently to yourself, not expecting an answer. Some people have things come to them right away, while others don’t. You ask the questions, letting go of any expectations. What I’ve found is that the answers come to me at the most random times from someplace deep within me.

This practice will help you get clear about what you need to do to make a nourishing decision for yourself.  Actually taking the next steps to move forward with what you decided is a whole other ballgame, but at least you have greater awareness.

When you make decisions based on your thinking mind AND your intuition, you are more likely to make a decision that feels right to you and that you won’t regret.

How in tune are you to your intuition? Do you use intuition and gut feelings when you’re making decisions?