How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

Okay, but what if crickets is all you hear? How do you actually hear that inner voice? To help us answer that question, we sat down with Los Angeles-based life coach and breathwork teacher Gwen Dittmar to ask for her tips on how to hear your inner voice.

1. Create space for your inner voice to come through

“ One of the reasons why people aren’t hearing their intuition or trusting it or following through on it is because there is no space for it to come in,” Dittmar says. The solution? More quiet time.

“Prayer is actually asking [for guidance] and then meditation is the space that you create to be able to hear the answer,” she explains. Whether you sneak away for a brisk nature walk or meditate in your car before work, incorporating more quiet time into your day to just be present and listen to what’s coming up for you will make all the difference.

And you don’t even have to go out of your way to carve out the quiet time, just squeeze it in alongside mindless activities you’re already doing like washing dishes, showering, or exercising. You’d be amazed at the wisdom that can come through when you’re elbow deep in dish soap.

2. Pay attention to your emotions

Although we refer to it as an “inner voice,” your intuition might not manifest itself as a voice at all. It might just be a feeling. “Intuition often comes through your emotions,” Dittmar says. “Your emotions are simply feedback. It’s a part of you attempting to get your attention.”

So, when emotions bubble up, Dittmar advises that you not shrug them off or feel guilty for having them. Instead, try to decipher what the emotion is really trying to tell you. You can even have a conversation with the emotion.

Also, pay attention to any bodily sensations like digestive issues, a lingering cough, a headache, or fatigue. All of these can also be ways that your inner guidance system is trying to tell you something.

3. Look for your inner voice patterns

Whether you realize it or not, your inner voice has a pattern. It will usually speak to you in similar ways so that you can learn to tune into it. “It’s about cultivating a new relationship with that intuitive voice,” Dittmar says. “Similar to any other relationship, you have to get to know it. You have to understand how it sounds and the things that it says.”

To strengthen your intuitive muscle, she recommends a simple exercise. It involves taking a look back at your life and collecting some intuition data, if you will. Notice how your intuition has popped up for you in the past by remembering a time where you felt pulled to do something for no logical reason. Maybe you had an inner knowing that you shouldn’t attend a party and later found out some drama went down. Or, maybe you had a gut feeling to not work with a certain person and didn’t listen to it and it turned into a big headache. Make a note of how it felt to receive that intuitive hit and whether or not you followed through with it and what the outcome was.

Your notes are literal proof of how intelligent and all-knowing your inner voice is. For some people, it’s really helpful to see the data right to really believe in the power of intuition.

4. Set the intention to tune into your inner voice

Learning how to listen to your inner voice can be as simple as setting the intention every day to tap into it, Dittmar says. “It’s like you plant a seed in the garden and it will start to naturally grow,” she says. That willingness to listen to it is sometimes all you need to awaken your awareness of your inner voice.

5. Don’t let your mind take over

Many of us are so conditioned to go straight to our heads when we’re looking for answers. In our minds, it makes more sense to make a decision or choose our life path from a logical perspective instead of going with our gut and what feels right.

The problem is there are so many voices swirling around in our head, which makes it difficult to know which one is actually our intuition. Your mind, your fear, and your intuition are all battling for your attention, Dittmar says. It’s this noise that creates confusion and prevents us from following through on what our inner voice tells us to do.

Pro tip: Dittmar suggests paying attention to the first answer that comes through when you’re making a decision. That’s usually your inner voice talking before your mind has had time to actually process it.

6. Take a moment to pause and breathe into it

If you need to make a decision in the moment but can’t figure out what to do, Dittmar suggests doing an easy breathwork exercise. You simply breathe in through your nose for four counts, hold for seven counts, and then exhale out of your mouth for eight counts. You can take three of these breaths and then just sit in that space.

“It brings some clarity and washes out the cobwebs and the fog in the mind,” Dittmar says of the technique. “When you exhale out of your mouth, it connects you to your heart and your lower chakras. That’s really where you want to connect to when you’re in a state of confusion, not the mind.”

You can also use your hands to help you connect even deeper. Just put your left hand on your stomach and your right hand on your heart. “The left side is the feminine side,” she says, so it allows you to connect to your gut and intuition. “Your right hand is associated with logic and the mind. So when you bring the right hand to the heart, it connects you to what is the truth.”

7. Talk to your confusion

Can’t hear your inner voice? Ask it to speak up. Start by pinpointing where you feel the confusion in your body; this helps separate yourself from the feeling. Maybe it’s tension in your shoulders or pressure in your head. “This starts to create that space between your higher self and the confusion,” Dittmar says. “The confusion is not who you are.”

Imagine you’re talking to your confusion as if it were a person in front of you and ask it, essentially, what’s up. Listen to what it tells you. The response might be that you’re just too tired to go to that event or you don’t feel like that decision supports your highest evolution. By giving yourself the time and space to just have the conversation, you’re giving your inner voice more power.

In short, just like building a muscle, learning how to listen to your intuition takes work. But as Dittmar says: “The rewards are going to be huge.”

by Carol | Mar 9, 2020

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillmentMy inner voice has saved me from things that were going to go really wrong, time and time again.

I’m not special, either. I just paid attention.

We all can do this. You can do this.

About a decade ago I was going to make a life change that would’ve been disastrous. There were signs of doom along the way, but I was insistent. Out of nowhere, I was presented with another option so dramatic that I had to stop and reconsider. At first I refused. But the message was insistent. So I stopped. I listened. And my entire life changed ina big and beautiful way.

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillmentFuture events made clear that had I not listened, things would not have gone well for me.

A few years ago a sick friend neglected to take sufficient care and as a result, something happened. When she told me, in frustration I blurted out: “Your disease isn’t going to kill you, THIS is.” The words came out of my mouth before I could stop them. And in fact, a few days later that happened.

More recently, my inner voice told me I needed to postpone or cancel the retreat to the Middle East planned for this month. I had no idea that coronavirus would impact travel so seriously during my dates that I would’ve been forced to cancel at a late date, at a great financial loss. In retrospect, it was prescient.

I feel the same frustration about coronavirus. Many people in my greater circle remain uninformed. Some are just not paying attention to public health guidance. Some are just stupidly stubborn. They don’t take expert guidance seriously because they don’t think anything will happen to them. They don’t want to curtail activities. They don’t see that it’s not just about THEM: we are all in this together and we need to all take measures for this virus to abate.

We’re in this together

I feel the same sense of frustration I did when those words came out of my mouth to my friend. In fact, I can’t keep from providing strong input. Probably obnoxious input. That could be life-saving input.

Our responsibility to one another is so clear to me. I wonder why people can’t look past their own self interest and see what I see. And why they aren’t in touch with their own inner wisdom.

In retrospect, guidance has been present in my life for a long time. I think it’s true for us all, but we don’t always listen.

The late Joan Rivers attributed her success to the fact that she was smart enough to walk through any door that opened. I think the reverse is also true: Be smart enough to notice when doors need to be closed, at least for a while.

So how do we listen to our inner voice?

  1. Quiet yourself periodically. Slow down.
  2. Listen for times when your inner voice is insistent. For a hunch. A feeling. Intuition. Or that feeling of frustration.
  3. Ask for guidance.
  4. Let it steep. Wait for answers.

Regarding coronavirus: Listen to qualified public health officials. When they recommend social distancing, do it. If you don’t want to prioritize your own health, put public health above anything else.

Use good judgment. That’s how we’ll get through this.

Everyone has their own path to happiness. What’s yours?

We all want to feel happy, and each one of us has different ways of getting there. Here are 10 steps that you can take to increase your joie de vivre and bring more happiness into your life.

1. Be with others who make you smile. Studies show that we are happiest when we are around those who are also happy. Stick with those who are joyful and let them rub off on you.

2. Hold on to your values. What you find true, what you know is fair, and what you believe in are all values. Over time, the more you honor them, the better you will feel about yourself and those you love.

3. Accept the good. Look at your life and take stock of what’s working, and don’t push away something just because it isn’t perfect. When good things happen, even the very little ones, let them in.

4. Imagine the best. Don’t be afraid to look at what you really want and see yourself getting it. Many people avoid this process because they don’t want to be disappointed if things don’t work out. The truth is that imagining getting what you want is a big part of achieving it.

5. Do things you love. Maybe you can’t skydive every day or take vacations every season, but as long as you get to do the things you love every once in a while, you will feel greater happiness.

6. Find purpose. Those who believe they are contributing to the well-being of humanity tend to feel better about their lives. Most people want to be part of something greater than they are, simply because it’s fulfilling.

7. Listen to your heart. You are the only one who knows what fills you up. Your family and friends may think you’d be great at something that really doesn’t float your boat. It can be complicated following your bliss. Just be smart, and keep your day job for the time being.

8. Push yourself, not others. It’s easy to feel that someone else is responsible for your fulfillment, but the reality is that it is really your charge. Once you realize that, you have the power to get where you want to go. Stop blaming others or the world, and you’ll find your answers much sooner.

9. Be open to change. Even if it doesn’t feel good, change is the one thing you can count on. Change will happen, so make contingency plans and emotionally shore yourself up for the experience.

10. Bask in the simple pleasures. Those who love you, treasured memories, silly jokes, warm days, and starry nights: these are the ties that bind and the gifts that keep on giving.

Happiness and fulfillment are within your grasp, but sometimes just out of reach. Understanding what works best for you is the first step in finding more of it.

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

Spiritual awakening is a lifelong process. I feel a mixture of laughter and sadness when I hear someone talking about becoming “enlightened” as if there is a stopping point on the spiritual path. Is the game of life ever finished? And then there are others who talk about getting a “wake-up call” from a brush with death, or coming face to face with some other hardship. Can inner awareness be turned on or off so readily? The phrasing spiritual awakening (with an “ing”) implies an ongoing progression – like slowly wakening from a sleepy weekend morning where there are no agendas that call you to spring out of bed.

Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought. -Eckhart Tolle

Uh let’s see, does that mean if I go back to sleep right now, my thoughts will stop and I’ll be spiritually awake? Maybe it would be easier if I became a monk and could meditate 24/7? That would surely propel me along this process of spiritual awakening. What I really want is something a little more attainable within my everyday reality. I also want a path of spiritual awakening that includes things like schedules and family life and making a living.

Spiritual Awakening: Road to Inner Peace and Spiritual Fulfillment

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

First of all, I don’t believe in spiritual agendas or prescriptions. Of course, I can still intend to be more loving, peaceful, joyful, or compassionate since I am always in the process of expanding my consciousness. But trying to analyze and control the process of awakening to these things is like taming wild lions. Let the lions of love or joyfulness roar. Let the lions roam freely to devour all that isn’t the lion of wakefulness.

Secondly, if you have the persistent desire to be more at peace, for example, you will (eventually) find your inner peace. There is nothing that can stop the inevitable unfolding of your self-improvement. We are all moving toward growth and expansion into something greater that is the Source and Heart of all. Your “self” may sometimes step in the way, but that merely slows the pace of your spiritual growth. You must have confidence that you will become exactly who you came to this earth to be.

The main requirement for spiritual growth: A yearning to know who you really are. – Adyashanti

Sometimes your spiritual journey may seem to bring you more trouble instead of enlightenment – described by some mystics as the “dark night of the soul.” Many spiritual masters have experienced this dark before the dawn on their spiritual path. In my experience, these difficult times have much to say about my perceptions of dark vs. light. It shows me my limiting beliefs which tend to blind my eyes to the many gifts held within the dark of the unknown. Feeling the insecurity or abandonment in the darkness is directly connected to my desire and expectation that my spiritual awakening “should” look or feel better than it does. This shows me my reliance on something other than myself to provide me with better feelings. If what you want from your spiritual quest is to simply feel better right now, then it is entirely up to your own choosing.

4 Ways to Nurture your Spiritual Awakening

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

Practicing these can reduce your attraction to life-altering “wake-up calls” and ease the “dark night of the soul.” There are no complicated or rigorous steps here that can’t be experienced within the regular routines of life. There are no pre-requisites to your spiritual awakening.

  • Practice letting goes of the need to control or to think your way through your awakening process. It is nearly impossible to THINK your way out of your problems. The urge to control is a sign of resistance. Letting go of your attachments allows room for increased awareness to develop at a relaxed yet compelling pace.
  • Take a persistent and inspired approach to your spiritual development. Persistency simply means that you are willing to pick up again wherever you left off. This helps you to feel a wave of inner peace and calm, knowing that your spiritual awakening will happen at its own perfect pace. Trust your process because you are never truly “asleep.”
  • Be open to all the gentle abrasions and nudges that naturally come your way. Everyday life is the perfect teacher. Use the everyday bumps as signs of your resistance, and reminders for you to listen and respond to the quiet voice of the Spirit within.
  • Meditate to free your mind from the endless cycle of thoughts that only seek the end result. Meditation is not just sitting silently in the lotus position waiting for inner peace and enlightenment. Take advantage of the numerous moments of potential quiet throughout the day. The majority of thoughts that circle through my head on a daily basis are not necessary to my functioning or well-being. Excessive thinking is a habit, not a requirement. Spiritual awakening to greater levels of conscious awareness is a process to enjoy, not an item on a “to-do” list.

Conclusion

There is nothing you can force to happen on the spiritual path. Rather it is a persistent but often subtle intention to direct your attention towards greater consciousness in all that you do throughout your day. The path of spiritual awakening is full of opportunities to experience greater love, joy, and peace; but those things are not the end of the path. I’ll let you know when I get there if I can, but for now, I’ll simply practice enjoying the journey, letting go of my ego, and seeing “that of God” in all.

How many times, when faced with a decision or dilemma, have you been told to just follow your gut? Go with your intuition? All the time! That’s because it’s truly awesome advice. Problem is — it’s easier said than done.

Here’s why: Your intuition isn’t the only voice talking to you. The other speaker in your mind is your ego and it’s quite disruptive. If it were in your classroom, you’d have to move its desk right up front next to yours. And because your ego has such a dominant monologue running, your intuition can easily get lost in the noise.

The good news

It’s absolutely possible to learn how to distinguish the two. Once you know what to look for, you can begin to identify if you’re listening to the agenda of the ego or the spiritual purity of intuition. And once you master this, you’re well on your way to achieving the confidence and peace of mind that can only come from truly letting intuition guide your choices and your actions.

Your ego

Ok. So first things first: get quiet and just listen. Soon a voice will start in. It will be familiar. It’s probably what you’ve been thinking is your intuition all along. It’s not. That bold rambling in your head is ego. You can tell because it started talking first.

Your ego’s main job is to protect you — mentally and physically. It’s a powerful job. But because ego is largely influenced by the world in which we live — our past experiences, our hurts, and our fears feed our ego until it becomes too powerful.

When so much of your thoughts are governed by this overfed bully, it’s not serving to set you on the right path. In fact, it’s doing everything in its power to hold you back. The ego is afraid. It tries to keep you safe by shutting down anything new or different. It spins a web of “what ifs.” It’s controlling and bossy and manipulative.

Your intuition

Intuition, on the other hand, is everything your ego is not. It is quiet. Often silent. It may come to you in a strong physical sensation in your stomach (hence the term “go with your gut”) or may feel like tingly energy in your hands or at the nape of your neck.

Your intuition is loving. It’s a gentle and kind nudge toward peacefulness and positivity and warmth. With intuition, you just “know” something. It doesn’t need to make sense. It doesn’t need a logical explanation. It’s just a confidence that you feel, backed by the wisdom of the universe.

And the interesting thing about intuition is that it is always there and available to guide you back to your highest self’s greatest purpose. You just need to know how to quiet your ego long enough to hear its message.

The reallocation of power

While ego is never going to go away completely, recognizing it for what it is will automatically take its power away.

Here are a few sure-tell signs that your ego is at work.

  • Fear – If your inner voice is speaking in a fearful or anxious way, you can bet it’s ego. Intuition does not come from a place of fear.
  • Scarcity – When you feel insecure, lacking, and have a scarcity mindset, it’s driven by ego. Intuition is about abundance, confidence, and fulfillment.
  • Change – Fluctuating ideas, changing viewpoints, inconsistent self-talk — these are characteristics of ego. Intuition is steady.
  • External – Your ego tries to boost itself up by amassing more on an external level. Intuition needs nothing more — it’s divine.
  • Justification – Ego backs up its decisions with a laundry list of reasons. Intuition gives you just one simple answer. No explanation needed.
  • Judgment – If your inner voice speaks in judgment or comparison, it’s definitely ego. Intuition knows only love.

Once you grow accustomed to deciphering the source of that inner voice, you’ll notice that your intuition becomes more noticeable. Louder. And it is in this volume that you’ll find a clear-cut path to your ultimate purpose, your greatest fulfillment, and a profound sense of peace.

Everyone has their own path to happiness. What’s yours?

We all want to feel happy, and each one of us has different ways of getting there. Here are 10 steps that you can take to increase your joie de vivre and bring more happiness into your life.

1. Be with others who make you smile. Studies show that we are happiest when we are around those who are also happy. Stick with those who are joyful and let them rub off on you.

2. Hold on to your values. What you find true, what you know is fair, and what you believe in are all values. Over time, the more you honor them, the better you will feel about yourself and those you love.

3. Accept the good. Look at your life and take stock of what’s working, and don’t push away something just because it isn’t perfect. When good things happen, even the very little ones, let them in.

4. Imagine the best. Don’t be afraid to look at what you really want and see yourself getting it. Many people avoid this process because they don’t want to be disappointed if things don’t work out. The truth is that imagining getting what you want is a big part of achieving it.

5. Do things you love. Maybe you can’t skydive every day or take vacations every season, but as long as you get to do the things you love every once in a while, you will feel greater happiness.

6. Find purpose. Those who believe they are contributing to the well-being of humanity tend to feel better about their lives. Most people want to be part of something greater than they are, simply because it’s fulfilling.

7. Listen to your heart. You are the only one who knows what fills you up. Your family and friends may think you’d be great at something that really doesn’t float your boat. It can be complicated following your bliss. Just be smart, and keep your day job for the time being.

8. Push yourself, not others. It’s easy to feel that someone else is responsible for your fulfillment, but the reality is that it is really your charge. Once you realize that, you have the power to get where you want to go. Stop blaming others or the world, and you’ll find your answers much sooner.

9. Be open to change. Even if it doesn’t feel good, change is the one thing you can count on. Change will happen, so make contingency plans and emotionally shore yourself up for the experience.

10. Bask in the simple pleasures. Those who love you, treasured memories, silly jokes, warm days, and starry nights: these are the ties that bind and the gifts that keep on giving.

Happiness and fulfillment are within your grasp, but sometimes just out of reach. Understanding what works best for you is the first step in finding more of it.

Whatever your personal situation right now, meditation can help you to feel greater calm and inner peace. Instead of using your outer will to transform your life, meditation helps you to access your “inner voice” or guide. I like to refer to this ‘inner voice” as your Heart. Your Heart knows what’s correct for you, but its voice is often drowned out by the confusion reigning in the mind. Meditation helps quieten the mind so you can listen to your Heart. By listening to our Heart we can experience greater peace and better health which in turn bring us more fulfilled and balanced lives.

How to get started.

On this site you’ll find a growing collection of free guided audio meditations and visualizations drawing upon traditional and modern meditation techniques. Most of the meditations are recorded as audio files so you can sit back, relax and listen to them right here on the site. There are meditations for beginners and ones for more experienced meditators.

These meditations are designed to encourage you to feel nurtured and nourished, to help you to heal and revitalize, and to guide you to find inner peace and calm in body, mind and spirit. I hope this website becomes your personal meditation retreat where you can feel “at home”. A home where you can come to let go of stress and tension whenever you need to. A haven where you can change negative beliefs about yourself into positive uplifting beliefs that will benefit you in everyway. In doing so no matter what meditation style you choose, you have endless possibilities to feel good, to feel inner joy, to just know that your world is right for you.

Don’t miss the free “Learn How to Meditate in 5 Days” course

If you are new to meditation, this course spread over 5 days will teach you the technique that I have personally found to be the most effective way to meditate on a regular basis. When you master this technique – and it’s easy to learn – you’ll have a lifelong skill that you can call upon anytime you wish to move into a zone of deeper calm and inner peace.

Why are the audio meditations free? What’s the catch?

I’ve been meditating for more than 20 years and have found it a profoundly life-transforming experience. During this time I’ve had the privilege of learning from many inspirational teachers. My dream with FragrantHeart.com is to “give forward”, as the saying goes, and create a sanctuary where anyone can give meditation a go. That’s why the meditations are free for personal use.

Guided meditation for everyone

Just in case you’re wondering, this website is not under the auspices of a guru or a religious organisation, nor do the meditation techniques require extreme ascetic practices or rituals. You aren’t required to do anything that goes against your own religious practices. Meditation is non-sectarian although it is practiced in many religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.

Your feedback welcomed

I really appreciate your feedback. It helps tremendously to develop this website in more user-friendly ways. To be in touch, please use the contact form.

Blessings to you in joining with me in meditation,

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

My mind tells me all sorts of stories, but do I have to believe every one of them?

Whatever your personal situation right now, meditation can help you to feel greater calm and inner peace. Instead of using your outer will to transform your life, meditation helps you to access your “inner voice” or guide. I like to refer to this ‘inner voice” as your Heart. Your Heart knows what’s correct for you, but its voice is often drowned out by the confusion reigning in the mind. Meditation helps quieten the mind so you can listen to your Heart. By listening to our Heart we can experience greater peace and better health which in turn bring us more fulfilled and balanced lives.

How to get started.

On this site you’ll find a growing collection of free guided audio meditations and visualizations drawing upon traditional and modern meditation techniques. Most of the meditations are recorded as audio files so you can sit back, relax and listen to them right here on the site. There are meditations for beginners and ones for more experienced meditators.

These meditations are designed to encourage you to feel nurtured and nourished, to help you to heal and revitalize, and to guide you to find inner peace and calm in body, mind and spirit. I hope this website becomes your personal meditation retreat where you can feel “at home”. A home where you can come to let go of stress and tension whenever you need to. A haven where you can change negative beliefs about yourself into positive uplifting beliefs that will benefit you in everyway. In doing so no matter what meditation style you choose, you have endless possibilities to feel good, to feel inner joy, to just know that your world is right for you.

Don’t miss the free “Learn How to Meditate in 5 Days” course

If you are new to meditation, this course spread over 5 days will teach you the technique that I have personally found to be the most effective way to meditate on a regular basis. When you master this technique – and it’s easy to learn – you’ll have a lifelong skill that you can call upon anytime you wish to move into a zone of deeper calm and inner peace.

Why are the audio meditations free? What’s the catch?

I’ve been meditating for more than 20 years and have found it a profoundly life-transforming experience. During this time I’ve had the privilege of learning from many inspirational teachers. My dream with FragrantHeart.com is to “give forward”, as the saying goes, and create a sanctuary where anyone can give meditation a go. That’s why the meditations are free for personal use.

Guided meditation for everyone

Just in case you’re wondering, this website is not under the auspices of a guru or a religious organisation, nor do the meditation techniques require extreme ascetic practices or rituals. You aren’t required to do anything that goes against your own religious practices. Meditation is non-sectarian although it is practiced in many religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.

Your feedback welcomed

I really appreciate your feedback. It helps tremendously to develop this website in more user-friendly ways. To be in touch, please use the contact form.

Blessings to you in joining with me in meditation,

How to listen to your inner voice for greater fulfillment

When I hold a loving thought for someone, the energy of that thought reaches out and touches that person.

We all have flashes of inspiration. Sometimes they appear as quiet whispers in the night, as fleeting thoughts in the morning shower or as huge “a-ha!” moments. The question is: Are you giving enough attention to the clues that your inner voice is sending? How can you get more attuned to the inner directives? Here are three ways to get started.

1) Knowledge Is Power

Socrates said it best: “Know Thyself.” This includes understanding what makes you feel alive, what captures your imagination, and also what comes naturally to you. Knowing your strengths is a huge advantage. If you have a great sense of humor, creativity or an ability to communicate easily with people, then you can build on those qualities to create your best life. By focusing on enhancing your strengths rather than trying to make up for your weaknesses, you can move more quickly in your desired direction and have fun in the process. Ask a few friends what they see as your strengths, and do the same for them. You may be surprised! For more clues, check out “The Authentic Happiness Brief Strength Test.”

2) Get Into The Flow

Have you ever been so caught up in an activity that the hours fly by in what seemed like minutes? This is called being in a flow state. According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow can happen when you’re totally immersed in what you are doing and feeling both serene and connected. This buoyant state can happen many ways, including when deeply focusing on a sport, writing a paper or even playing music. Yoga and mindfulness are reported to increase flow, but it can occur anywhere your skill level is equal to your challenge and you get totally absorbed in the activity. When athletes say they were “in the zone,” they are talking about flow. When artists refer to the music, art or inspiration flowing through them, it is the same state. Think of times when you were engrossed in something: your attention was heightened and you felt that everything was aligned. What if you made the choice to make more time for that in your day to day? For me, yoga is where I experience flow. Although I never set my sights on being a yoga teacher, I noticed (and happened to pay attention to) an ad in the paper about a yoga teacher-training course. After checking into it, I decided to go for it. The course was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever taken on – every class was like immersing myself in flow. What are some ways that you can incorporate more flow into your daily life?

3) Embody What You Believe In

Once you know your strengths and where you experience flow, you can consciously tweak your life to include more of that. By stepping into your authenticity, you automatically come into greater alignment and a peace that serves not only yourself but others, as well. Gandhi stated that “[h]appiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Don’t underestimate the importance of your own fulfillment and happiness; it ripples out farther than you may know. Rather than rocking the boat by being who you are, you actually give other people permission to do the same. Listen to the clues. By being on the lookout for directives, you will start to see them everywhere. Steve Jobs has an interesting quote:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

If you can tap into your intuition and inner wisdom to direct your passions, you can use that in your own life, as well as to serve others. Then, you will easily embody what you believe, and your authentic happiness will shine the way for others, too.

What are you passionate about in your life?