I have been studying how intuition works for several months now, practicing techniques I’m learning through Sonia Choquette’s books and other books as well.
And yet it continues to surprise and sometimes outright shock me when my intuition actually works.
Intuition is an odd word. It has different definitions depending on who is doing the defining. My favorite definition at the moment is “to notice,” although I also like the definition “inner teacher.”
But noticing is where I seem to have the bulk of my struggles. Reason being, my inner teacher can lecture all day, draw me pictures, send me GPS directions even, but if I’m not noticing it won’t do me much good.
I especially tend to struggle to notice when things are moving fast, when I am jumping from one project or appointment to another with little time for respite in between.
But when life slows down, the noticing gets easier, at least in theory. In fact, the slow pace tends to send me into a place of anxiety, and that anxiety serves to fill up the empty spaces so I don’t notice my life has slowed down as much.
Speaking of slowing down, recently I was wandering around Instagram and happened across a quote that stopped me in my tracks. The quote read:
do not be afraid of slow moments.
The quote’s author, a young man who writes under the pen name of Yung Pueblo, goes on to explain that slow moments are very valuable. Slow moments, he shares, are when we have time to practice newly learned lessons, strengthen our patience and commitment, spot the ways we typically cope with too much worrisome space, nip dependency in the bud and more.
Slow moments are when we can grow the most, he states, by showing us where we still need to heal within ourselves.
Until I read his words, I had no idea I was waiting for permission to feel okay when my life slows down. I am now seeing how I have always treated slower moments in life like there were a sign I wasn’t working hard enough to make things happen in my life, to take care of business, so to speak.
In the past, when my life slowed down, this would be a cue to my mind to hit “replay” on all my old fears about being alone, friendless, penniless, a bag lady on the street, that sort of thing. So of course I would try everything I could, real or artificial, to speed things up again to make sure this didn’t happen.
But now I am learning that slow moments = good moments.
When my life slows down, it is time to breathe. It is a signal to meditate more, contemplate more, get down on my hands and knees and play with my young tortoise and spend more time scratching my sweet parrot’s neck feathers.
Life slowing down is a sign that I can slow down, take stock and recalibrate, rest and re-evaluate before life inevitably speeds up again. If I don’t slow down along with my life, I won’t have the insight and energy to go with the flow when life speeds up again.
It is so nice to hear that I haven’t done anything wrong when my life slows down and things stop happening for a time. It is so reassuring!
Just in case you have struggled with the same fears I have about life’s ebbs and flows, I wanted to share Yung Pueblo’s words with you here as well so you know it is okay.
Today’s Takeaway: Have you ever worried that your life is slowing down because you aren’t working hard enough or doing enough to make things happen in your life? How does reading Yung Pueblo’s quote affect you?