Sunday, November 2, 2014

On Intuition

James is a Winter child, he's taught me to love the upcoming season (yes, it was snowing today in Whitefish!) so much more.  During our first Winter living together in a cute, Missoula basement apartment, we went Downtown to a Ski Event at Sean Kelly's.  Plenty of schwag to be had, and it was time to get *stoked* for ski season.  The big item they were drumming up was a snowboard with "Kokanee" written on it.  Crazy as it seemed, soon after we walked in the door that night, I KNEW I was going to win the snowboard.  Not even that I wanted the thing.  I just KNEW I was going to win it.  Over burgers and beers, I repeatedly stated: "I'm going to win that snowboard."  Hours later, at the end of all the raffles, they called my name.

Scrolling through email a month ago, I noticed goop, you know, Gwyneth Paltrow's hip newsletter?  The title:  Trust the gut, drew me right in.

A great line from the article:

"Intuition makes the sliding doors, choose-your-own-adventure a little bit of a smoother sail, as we're more inclined to go through the right sliding door."

That sounds nice, doesn't it?  Intuition is rarely as easy for me as it was that night at Sean Kelly's, just buy a raffle ticket & wait to hear your name.  No, I tend to second-guess it often.  What's your intuition like?  Do you notice it?  Do you overthink or follow your gut?

My therapist, Elizabeth, helped me through some challenging times in Middle School and High School.  We'd often discuss the connection with individuals who have disordered eating to intuition.  Many of us tend to be people-pleasers, who end up compromising a strong feeling, something we know in our gut, because are influenced by outside factors.

When we act against our gut or intuition, it creates an icky feeling, an imbalance.  Many of us try to fill it up with the wrong fillers.
/Happy Belated bday to the photographer of this favorite photo!
Anders Olson

Do you know what I mean?  Hole-filling?  When you just need something, so you fill up?  It can be attempted through emotional eating, shopping, substances, the media, etc... but it always feels worse than making an effort for the good stuff- like going for a hike or talking with a loved one.

After I read this goop article, I read it again.  Nothing spoke to me as strongly in months.  Intuition's something that Jill, the intuitive from the goop article, says grows as women experience motherhood.  I thought, at the same time, intuition can be really hard to hear in this day in age.  We wake up to our iPhones, we go to sleep with them.  How are we supposed to get in touch with ourselves with so much extraneous influence?

The next day, one my favorite Instagram feeds, Alpine Baby Co. posted a raffle for a pair of Adventure Leggings.  I saw the word raffle, and I had that same feeling.  So I bought a ticket, and I commented "#feelinlucky"!

Low and behold, soon after, there was a congratulatory email in my inbox, and now Eliza has this adorable new pair of Adventurer Leggings!

Photo via Alpine Baby Co.

If you're struggling with intuition, Elizabeth said one thing to do to help can be to write down (or at least take mental notes) of those times you follow it and end up with a good result, or when you don't.  Either way, it's recognizing the existense of this powerful voice we all have inside us.

Examples: going to bed early, working out, passing a slow car on a two-lane highway at the right moment, instead of hesitating and getting stuck forever, the voice that tells you to stop procrastinating, ok... you get the idea.

The snowboard, after I repainted it for my brother

This subject of intuition simply facinates me.  I'd love to hear from you--- have you had {{good/bad/indifferent?}} experiences with intuition?  Do you think using it can help us create better experiences?

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