I’ve noticed that my five year old can sleep soundly in a room with the lights on, the radio blaring, and people talking in the background. But if I turn out the light, turn off the radio, and close the door, he wakes up in just a few minutes. I myself have had this experience, when sleeping… and in life.
If there is a seemingly-never-ending stretch of insanely busy days, with no room to catch your breath, you can go on for awhile. You push through. You push past any discomfort. The cacophony of intensity drowns out your inner voice.
It’s only when you slow down a bit, or are forced by something more significant to hit the brakes, that you can finally hear your inner voice.
I’ve found it’s easier to hear my inner voice when I make the choice to slow down. Sit and have a cup of tea. Go for a walk. Experience a yoga class. Write down highlights from my day. Play with my kids.
But if I am forced by difficult circumstances to stop suddenly, then it’s like someone has taken the volume dial for my inner voice and cranked it up so loudly that I either can’t bear to hear it or would prefer to jump back into the cacophony to avoid hearing it.
Am I alone, or have you too experienced this?
When I guide clients inward to quiet their minds and hear their inner voices they are often happily surprised at what they learn and affirm. If you have not done this in awhile, I strongly recommend it. I do this with clients on regular coaching calls, as well as in a much longer and more powerful way during retreat days.
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