Let’s talk about guts.
As in our real life intestines, that thing we call our intuition or ‘gut instinct’, and having the ‘guts’ to do something.
Let’s start with the middle one first.
I don’t know about you, but my gut instinct is the hardest part of me to connect with. Sometimes I feel like my whole life’s quest is to hear, and listen to, my intuition. It’s the epitome of my ‘true you’, and it’s the first to go when I get off path.
What usually happens is something like this:
I’ll be washing the dishes, folding clothes, or doing some other mundane task like peeing or showering, and I’ll have a brilliant idea, or a feeling about someone or some situation that I just know is the secret sauce. It feels like a massive ‘Aha!’ moment and I’m filled with hope, anticipation, dare I say excitement.
My brain comes up with a million different reasons as to why that idea is stupid, why I am way off about that person or situation, and how basically I am just bat shit crazy.
My M.O. has been to listen to the brain. That highly esteemed and well oiled machine that has nailed the logic and reason exams.
But let’s face it. Our guts know better.
When I look back at decisions I’ve made because of a gut instinct, including moving to the UK, kissing my now-husband for the first time, listing my services on BEAT’s Helpfinder, contacting Urban Zen Yoga Cafe to host workshops in their space, and countless other moments… they’ve all opened up doors and opportunities that I (ie my brain) never would have dreamed of.
In each case I had list of reasons why NOT to make that move. But my gut, my intuition, my spirit, knew better.
Listen to your gut.
Easier said than done because it takes guts to listen. It takes courage to make a decision that is not backed up by a list of pros and cons that heavily weigh on the pro side.
It takes courage to lean into uncertainty, move into a space where all the answers aren’t figured out yet.
Guts. (And balls.)
But trust me, once you practice listening, even if you have to work up the courage over days or weeks or months, you will see how wise your gut really is. And next time, it will be easier to listen. It will still take courage, but it will be easier. Promise.
The point here?
You need guts to listen to your gut.
And lastly, it helps to take care of your gut. The real one that you can touch.
I am learning this the hard way. After years of messing with it… feeding it and then ‘Oops, nope, sorry, you can’t digest that because it’s time for it to come back up‘, and then turning a blind eye to the idea that perhaps my physical self might need healing as much as my emotional and spiritual self does… I am finally making strides in mending it.
And while I most definitely do not have this down pat yet, I will say this: Caring for your emotional self is easier when your physical self is also cared for.
When you are doing any kind of emotional or spiritual healing, you usually end up facing some pretty dark places that can wreak havoc on your physical gut, or anywhere else in your body. And when your body is under stress, it’s harder to take intuitive action.
Don’t discount that it’s all connected folks.
When your real gut is happy, it is easier to find the guts to listen to your gut.
(Go on, read it again 🙂 )
Saying all of that, I want to share a quick story of a woman who has embraced all three.
Meet Shann Jones, who stumbled upon a way to heal your gut after having the guts to listen to her gut. When her husband and son were ill with a variety of things and the doctors were coming up dry, she listened to that voice that said, ‘you can find natural health solutions from the goats on your farm’. She had the courage to listen and try it, and lo and behold, years later you have Chuckling Goat. www.chucklinggoat.co.uk. And then when the powers that be were asking her to stop talking about the miracles that kefir can do for gut health (And not because it doesn’t work. It does work, I’ve tried it.), she again found the guts to get her message out there anyway. Read her full story at www.thefarmerswife.wales.
I love stories like this. They inspire me to keep listening. Keep moving. Keep ‘gutting away’.
In the wise words of Chumbawamba: ‘I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down.’
Take care of your gut. Listen to your gut. Find the guts to do both. You will end up exactly where you need to be.