More and more tech companies are doing what they can to help employees handle stress and unplug.
There is widespread recognition that meditation and mindfulness enhance performance and teamwork. Even companies outside of the tech world, like Safeway and Clif Bar, have found real tangible benefits to programs like exercise, meditation and yoga.
While a daily meditative practice is beneficial in terms of cognitive performance and reducing stress, it will also help quiet your mind so you can be open to your intuition.
Intuition is insight that comes to you from out of the blue. It’s when you know the answer to something without having to follow all of the logical steps to reach it. You may have also heard it referred to as a “gut feeling”, “sixth sense’, or knowingness.
We sometimes discount our intuitive abilities because it’s hard to trust the source of this information.
Have you ever been in a situation where a question was asked and you immediately received the answer? You might not have given the answer because you couldn’t trust or verify the answer. Later you found out that you were spot on!
Learning how to develop your intuition is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
Exercises to Tune Into & Trust Your Intuition
- Meditate daily!!
- When you are asked a question, keep track of the first answer that pops into your head. Write down the answer if you are not comfortable verbalizing it. Compare your written answer to the correct answer. See how often you are right!
- When the phone rings, before you look at the caller id or pick up your phone, say the name of who you think is calling out loud (no cheating with ringtones!). See how often you are right!
- Think about someone you know. See them clearly in your mind. Notice how long it takes the person to contact you or for you to run into them.
The more you use your intuition, the more you will notice the benefits! You will get more confident making big decisions and begin to trust yourself even if others can’t quite see the logic.