What Is My Inner Voice Saying?
“How do you know if you don’t want to do something if it is the voice of fear or simply the voice of truth?”
This past week, a client of mine asked me this pointed question after reading my latest articles on fear and which inner voice to listen to. It was a good question, especially when it comes down to starting a creative project or a business.
MY answer at that moment was “if it keeps coming back, if it keep nudging you, it is something that your heart and soul are pointing in the direction of.”
The tricky part about making the choice is knowing where the “voice” is coming from and for most of us that is where we get tripped up.
Tapping Into Your Inner Wisdom
Let’s say, to keep it simple that you decide to remove sugar from your diet to stop sugar consumption for a month. You make this decision from a “healthy place”, the place inside of you that wants to be more centered and grounded. Now during your month, you are invited to someone’s house and there is your favorite chocolate mousse cake.
Let’s say that you worked very hard that day and you are tired; you tell yourself that you truly deserve a treat, what in that moment will you choose to listen to?
To me, it all depends on where the decision was made from in the first place. Was it from a place of fear? (aka lose weight in order to be loved) or from a place of love? Self-love that is, because you recognize that sugar makes you dizzy, hyper, unfocused and you choose to be living more from a more centered place inside yourself.
“There is no bad decision.. there is only a decision that will take you down one road rather than the other and it is a matter of choice. Inner wisdom lets you know that when you make your decision. “
To make these decisions it is important to create an “ inner environment” of calm and centeredness through meditation, a walk in nature, journaling or talking to a trusted guide (friend, coach, therapist, consultant). You need to tap into a deeper place within yourself, the place that “knows”.
I have always known that I wanted to be a business owner, and have done so for the past 20 years.
Have I always succeeded at it? No, I haven’t!
Have I learned a ton along the way? Yes!
I often say to my clients that the fastest path to personal growth and development is starting and growing a business.There is no one to turn to except yourself and this, for some of us, is the most challenging thing we do.
I remember years back answering my coach, who was highly skilled and experienced and who could not seem to find a way to help me get unstuck (my gremlins were definitely working extra time). She asked “what do you want” and my answer was “it depends on what “self” you asked that question to”.
I wasn’t trying to be a smart alec, I was simply being truthful. I was aware of the different “voices in my head” and I couldn’t find the answer because there seemed to be a variety of answers.
Today, if someone asked me that question I go straight to my heart and listen for the answer. The answer is always simple, loving and compassionate. My heart “knows” the way through, that is where I get inner guidance from.
“Take The Leap” Workshop THIS WEEK!
Do you want to know what your heart has to say about what you love and even go deeper and make money doing what you love?
If your answer is YES, join me in person at Healing Rhythms in Lenox on this Tuesday, August 9, at 7 p.m.
Or by phone, Thursday August 11, at 7 p.m.
Inner Guidance Versus Inner Gremlins
Find a way to get calm.. meditate, go for walk, journal, do something that brings your body, mind and heart together and ask a question.. place a hand on your heart and listen for the answer.. if it comes simply, joyfully, clearly that is your answer. Trust it and move forward with it.Remember “there are no bad decisions”, there are only decisions that lead us down different paths.
As a soul embodied being, born with a mind that can think, remember that the mind is a great servant and a poor master, that is the “small mind” or “ego mind” that I speak of. Once your heart speaks, let your mind help craft the strategy that will help you get to where your heart is guiding you. Remember, the messages of your heart are simple, loving, compassionate, fearless.
Drop me a line and let me know how that goes!
Fun In The Sun With Fido
Weekly Health Tip From Chantal
Ok, by now you know that I don’t have a “Fido”, I have a Lola and a Chloe!
One of my favorite walks this Summer has been along a beautiful lake called the Stockbridge bowl. I have seen it in all kinds of phases; tumultuous, so peaceful that you could hear a fly, sunny and filled with people having fun on it kayaking or swimming. The best part has been to part in my dogs love, Chloe and Lola walking along.They love swimming and I love watching them play and enjoy the water.
Here are some of the health benefits that pets have on human beings.
Studies have found that:
- Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
- People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.
- Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
- Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
- Heart attack patients with dogs survive longer than those without.
- Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
After reading this, even if you don’t have a pet, let yourself borrow one from a friend or family member; set up a play date. You never know how helpful this could be to them and to you!