“Sometimes I can’t even hear myself think.”
That’s what my new client said to me during her consultation session. She is a hard-working business owner with lots of responsibilities that keep her on the go.
I told her what I am going to say to you now, it is imperative that we CREATE time to “hear ourselves think” every day to live intentionally. We must quiet our minds long enough to tap into our intuition because this is where our flashes of insights come from. You know more than you believe you do, but when your mind is racing and you are overwhelmed, you can’t tune into your inner wisdom.
So, this is one of the main reasons my morning walks are so sacred to me. It’s the time for me to intentionally clear my mind and just listen.
I told this new client the following story that recently happened to me, and although it may sound a bit bananas, it actually resonated with her. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find some value in it too.
One morning, a few weeks ago, I had a lot on my mind. I was ruminating on some issues I was dealing with as I walked, and my thoughts felt dark, heavy, and discouraging.
As I noticed what I was doing, I made the conscious decision to quiet my mind and just listen with non-judgmental curiosity. I’ve practiced doing this for many years now, and so it’s not as difficult as it used to be.
First, I focused in on my five-senses, got very present in the moment, and eventually my thoughts became lighter and uncluttered.
Then, in came an intuitive hit.
You’re not going to believe what it was…
BUGS BUNNY popped into my head!
Yes, the cartoon character from my childhood, appeared in my thoughts and I just couldn’t get him off my mind.
Now, even as I am writing this, I realize how ridiculous this may sound. But I think it is a great example of the importance of trusting your intuition, no matter how silly it may seem.
So, since I had no idea what to do with this unusual insight, when I got home, I wrote “Bugs Bunny” down on a Post-it note, dated it, and put it in the back cover of a book I have on my dresser. This would be my reminder that if and when Bugs showed up in my life, to give him, and the circumstances he appeared in, my full attention.
Fast forward a few weeks later, and I was listening to the book, “Big Magic”, by Elizabeth Gilbert, on my way home from the park one morning. My podcast co-host, Amanda, recommended the book to me, and although I read it a few years ago, it felt like I was hearing it for the first time.
In the chapter I was listening to, the author was talking about the difference between martyr energy and trickster energy, and how we should strive for the latter.
She described martyr energy as dark, solemn, and rigid. A martyr says, “life is painful.”
Gilbert said a martyr thinks, “I will sacrifice everything to win this unwinnable war, even if it means being crushed to death by a wheel of torment.”
In contrast, she said a trickster thinks, “Okay, you enjoy that. As for me, I’ll be here in this corner running a successful black-market operation on the sidelines of your unwinnable war.”
Trickster energy is light, clever and transgressive. A trickster says, “life is interesting!”
And so that morning as I was listening to this chapter, I thought, “Wow, this is EXACTLY what I needed to hear. I want to get out of martyr energy and strive to be in trickster energy much more often.”
This thought delighted me!
And then Gilbert said…
“A martyr is Sir Thomas More.” (I had to Google who he is. Feel free to do so too if you are so inclined.)
“And a trickster is BUGS BUNNY!”
Bingo! There was the confirmation of my intuitive hit!
My subconscious mind was telling me to lighten up.
This prompted me to consider the wider perspective and remember one of my favorite Jen Sincero mantras: There’s nothing serious going on here.
Aaaah! I am so grateful to Elizabeth Gilbert and my intuition for the valuable insight!
I now have a picture of Bugs Bunny on my dresser as my daily reminder to stay in trickster energy as much as possible.
So, I’m wondering, do you find yourself constantly on the go with your overwhelmed brain racing from thought to thought?
How often do you purposefully quiet your mind and tap into your intuition?
Remember, you must CREATE time each day to tune into your inner wisdom.
Practicing this will help you stay focused on what’s important to you and give you valuable insights and opportunities to get there faster, in order to live a more meaningful life filled with purpose and fun.
You have all the answers you desire already inside of you. All you need is a moment to hear yourself think!
As for me, you will find me popping on my “listening ears” every morning as I trot off to enjoy the day in full trickster style!