I Listen to My Heart


Make an important decision? Only way I know is to listen to my heart. It is a big risk and I can’t blame anyone later on if it proves wrong. I have been taking decisions based purely on instincts, so far proved lucky for me. It could have ruined my life if went wrong. Be it choosing a work place or choosing a life partner I believed in that little voice in the back of my mind (or call it intuition) and I took wise decisions.

I think most women go by their gut or so called “sixth sense”. God has given us the unique quality to sense the danger or preempt the situation we are going to grip in.  Not necessary everyone follows gut. Women are head strong at times.

An essential interdependence exists between our brain and our gut. It can be felt when we meet someone for the first time. I try to “trust my gut instinct” while making an important decision. I would rather explain in a way that it’s “gut check time” when faced with a situation that tests our intention and determination. This mind-gut connection is not just symbolic but actual does wonders at times.

And how can we make sure that we have better gut instincts? 

To train ourselves we need to introspect and explore our gut instincts, not just use them with some vague irrational feelings. One really has to “know Thyself” and take the pains to do that inner work to use their gut feelings successfully in decision-making. Gut instincts are not merely just “pattern recognition brain impressions”, infact these patterns are certainly a result of our gut intelligence combined with our thinking and that’s where the trick is.

There is a flip side too. Medical daily.com describes it like this,  “We often talk about intuition coming from the body — following our gut instincts and trusting our hearts,” the study’s coauthor Barnaby D. Dunn, of the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK, said in a press release. “What happens in our bodies really does appear to influence what goes in our minds. We should be careful about following these gut instincts, however, as sometimes they help and sometimes they hinder our decision making.” 

So next time during shopping when my heart says that I must go for the black dress but the brain reminds me of all those black dresses stuffed in the wardrobe then it would be interesting to see whether heart wins over logic or not. What about you?

I will be waiting for some answers to the following questions: Do you believe in your “second brain” ? How do you know when your gut feelings are reliable? 



23 Responses

  1. I have some theories about intuition and what it really is. I agree with “go with your gut,” but don’t forget to use you brain, too. Double check your feelings and make sure you can afford it, will wear it, can live with it, really want it enough to sacrifice something else that you may really need. Because we need all of our judgment and faculties. Life is complicated. So are we 🙂

    1. I know. I loved your advice as always. You are so apt and correct while putting your views across. Neutral and not bias. Just finished with my post and off to read yours.

  2. So well said, Rashmi! So long we don’t do it with emotions, we can trust our sixth sense. In some situations, we almost have to make decisions with guts or sixth sense. Love this post. Great photo to go with it. 🙂

  3. I live with my sixth sense. I call it “following my nose” and up to now it has paid off. I have survived over the last 68 years and if it does not work out, then just walk on.

  4. I use my past history and my budget when it comes to clothes (brain) but I am often using my gut to choose friends and especially men.

    My Mom had a bad fall shattering her hip so I was busy up there 2 weekends. She had surgery and I really just answered my own blog replies, except simple photos or quotes that are easy to say a few words. Three weeks ago I took a week to spend watching grandkids while son and wife at hospital. This was his first son, although he shares Landen his stepson with Landen’s dad. So, you were right about a month without too many long reading. I will continue to go back and check up on your posts.

    1. So sorry to hear this. I hope your mom is recovering fast. I can imagine your condition Robin and at this point of time your mom is your priority therefore you must look after her. The hip injury is very painful for the patient and it takes long to heal up in old age.

  5. “One really has to “know Thyself” and take the pains to do that inner work to use their gut feelings successfully in decision-making.” Well said…do let us know about your little black dress decision…Love your thoughts.

  6. There’s this book that’s all about intuitions, and how intuitions are actually insights of the path that we must follow. It’s called The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield. Although it tends a wee bit towards spirituality, but it might be helpful in understanding how intuitions shape our lives in the long run, and also in improving these intuitions. Might be an interesting read. If I’m not wrong, an online pdf of the book is available for free.

    1. Thanks for the information Karan. It is so nice to hear from you Karan and that too on these pages. I have not read the book yet but I would love to. This was a light weight article on intuitions which was a reply to one of the prompts. Thanks for reading and comment.

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