Living Life Well: Gut Instincts


Gems for living a life of wellness. Lessons I have learned, or am learning, during this crazy journey through life.

We have deep within us a wellspring of wisdom.  Some would call it intuition.  Learning to listen to your intuition is a slowly learned process.  I can’t tell you how many times I  didn’t listen to that tiny inner voice or paid attention to that tiny feeling that was trying to tell me that I was about to do something stupid.

Deep down you know when you’ve made a bad decision.  You know when you’ve got to apologize, make amends, put things right.  results on justruminating men's blogDeep down you know when you are about to do something that goes against your grain.  But you do it anyway!  Often, with unpleasant results.  Trust me, I have been there, done that, bought the shot glass.

If you can tap into that inner voice or feeling the feeling, you’ll find it can help.  It will become more than a mindless parrot perched on your shoulder, chanting “You messed up again” after the event.

Try running stuff past your inner you, before doing things and see what reaction you get.  As with anything, the more you do this, the easier it is to accomplish.

I want to clarify here.  When I say listen, I don’t mean listen to what goes on in your head.  Now that really is where the insanity lies.  No, I mean a stiller, quieter voice.  mirror on justruminating men's blogFor some it’s more a feeling than a voice–what we sometimes call gut instinct.

“Follow your gut” is advice you may have heard before.  I was taught a method whereby before I am about to make a decision, I go in front of the mirror and ask myself if it’s a good idea.

Trust me, when you are standing in front of the mirror and asking yourself out loud your own opinion or advice on something, you will find you will never steer yourself wrong!


  • Interesting that you bring this up after my week of personal experiences. I had always conveyed to people that my gut is my Higher Power speaking through me. You hit the nail on the head, ” I can’t tell you how many times I didn’t listen to that tiny inner voice or paid attention to that tiny feeling that was trying to tell me that I was about to do something stupid.” I have learned to trust my gut, however my ego can get in the way (as you describe). When I go with my gut, I make the right decision 99.9% of the time. If I don’t, bad things typically happen, but I accept the consequences of my decision. We’re not perfect, we all make bad decisions in our lives. It’s how we learn and act upon them that makes the difference.

  • I call those God shots. 🙂

  • Love the mirror method! I find mirror work to be hugely transformative, but had never heard of this technique before! Always trying to find new ways of connecting with intuition, so thank you for this. I’m also so glad you stressed that our intuition is not the constant chatter we tend to experience daily. It’s that voice of quiet, stillness, non-judgment. This is great.

  • Great advice. Trust yourself.

  • This is really interesting! I’m going to try out the mirror technique the next time I make a decision 🙂

  • i really enjoyed reading this – amazing self realisation of past mistakes and ways to not repeat the same. What you write, its so true isn’t it, intuition does not need conscious reasoning, what you called the insanity of the brain, intuition is after all your soul immersed in the current of life that affects every human around you and their currents mingle with yours and the intuition comes from a subconscious knowing of the past which helps you with the present. I thought this was so well articulated and meaningful. we all need to trust ourselves more, the inner soft voice of knowing not reasoning. Love your words like this. I always follow my gut-feeling, never let me down.

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