Who Are You Listening To?

 

For the first time in history we have access to an unprecedented amount information, all needing to be fact checked before it can be digested.

In a world filled with constant commentary, political proselytizing and endless echo chambers it becomes a challenge just to know who to listen to and what to believe.

The steady deluge of information coming at us from all sides can make it a full time job to discern the actual from “alternate” facts.

Thoughts and opinions are presented as truth, rarely open to debate and discussion.

Each sensational headline necessitates a thorough read to get to the true essence of the story.

Trusted sources get caught in lies, blush and apologize as if trust is a commodity grown overnight. (Hello Brian Williams!)

On any given day, the unending uncensored uproar of mainstream news media is enough to make one’s head explode!

…and that’s before the radio programs, podcasts, webinars, blogs, books and magazines we actually seek out.

Add to this the endless marketing, both subliminal and overt, telling us in no uncertain terms “you will never be enough” until you have this car, drink this beer, wear this designer…OY!

The noise of the outside world has become deafening!

In researching this blog, I came across Ginny Owens‘ brilliant ballad, expressing my exact thought:

 

And so it must be asked:  how do we reconnect to the one voice we should be listening to, our own?

 

What if I told you that human beings came with their own internal GPS?

 

Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.

~ Steve Jobs

 

Each and every one of us comes equipped with an incredibly powerful, readily available guidance system designed to alert and protect.

Yet many of us don’t even know this inner resource exists!!

From an early age we are conditioned to believe that the knowledge of “others”, be they allopathic doctors, politicians, educators or other sundry talking heads, supersedes our innate understanding of our own inner workings.

We have been taught that all the answers to our most pressing questions lie on the outside rather than inside.

We have somehow accepted that our inner voice should be regarded with suspicion, that our gut instinct is not something to be trusted, that intuition is no more than mumbo jumbo.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

How comfortable are you with silence?

 

There is a voice that doesn’t use word.

Listen.

~ Rumi

 

If there is one barrier to accessing our personal navigational system it is the requirement of stillness.

Sitting quietly and not being distracted by our monkey mind takes discipline and devotion.

Humans have approximately 50,000 thoughts a day, many of them repetitive. This constantly chattering internal monologue makes it nearly impossible to be present and focused on the moment we are in. Training our minds to focus on the present necessitates a practice. Over and over and over again.

If you meditate you understand what I am talking about. There is a constant pulling back to center to quiet one’s busy mind.  We are learning to control our minds instead of letting them control us.

Over time, as the noise falls away, another voice emerges.   This is the voice of our own inner knowing.

 

Stop second-guessing yourself.

 

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.

~Cicero

 

The more comfortable we become with our inner compass, the more we can trust it to guide our decision making.

Try quieting your mind and asking yourself how you feel about a particular decision you have made.

Listen. Your gut, your intuition, will respond.

Don’t try to rationalize. Become aware of what your gut KNOWS. Focus on its sensations.

Do you feel uneasy?  Do you feel confident? Giddy?  Joyful?

If your monkey mind tries to intervene, flooding you with fear, bring yourself back to quiet.

Ask again.

Listen. Deeply. Trust in your gut to protect you.

Take action based on your intuition.

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The quieter you become the more you are able to hear

~Rumi

 

Like anything unfamiliar, this new way of communicating with yourself may feel strange at first.

But as you experience the wisdom of your own GPS, you may find yourself travelling to the places you never thought you would go.

And this will have you asking: Why would I ever listen to anyone else?

 

I think 99 times and find nothing.

I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me. 

~Albert Einstein