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Is it intuition or distraction


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Is it intuition or distraction

  1. 1. Is it Intuition or Distraction? As life gets busier, information bombards us. It becomes difficult to limit information coming to us, and even trickier to choose what is necessary and what is a distraction. If we want to become more intuitive, we must choose. (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. How do we choose? Better yet, how do we know the difference? Intuition and distraction can be distinguished two ways: 1. Where our attention goes 2. What the process feels like (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. How do we decide which is which? 1. Follow where your attention goes 2. Ask yourself: "Does this lead me along the right path in life?" You will not always get an answer, but keep asking and practice following your attention wherever it goes, until you can FEEL the difference. You do this every day anyways, but now you will become aware of it consciously. So read your newspaper, answer your email and call the friend you've been thinking about. Simply be conscious of what thoughts lead you to each step. (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. Which is a distraction? 1. Follow it and you start to feel flustered, scattered, slow or heavy. 2. Distractions occur because of our thoughts. Most of us aren't aware of the constant stream of thoughts below the surface of our lives (60,000 thoughts a day!). 3. This stream of thoughts "finds" a distraction when faced with fear, uncertainty or a promise for something better (marketing campaigns can rely on these). If you are aware of the thought that triggers fear, you can redirect it. (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. What is intuition? 1. Follow it and you feel life flow more effortlessly, activities line up in sync with each other and the day feel more productive. 2. Follow information, in your mind, as if it simply flows into you. Intuition is an act of receiving information, not searching for it. It is watching objectively where thoughts go, without questioning "why." 3. Intuition is also acting without much thought, trusting the steps you take, acknowledging any fear and moving forward anyways (unless you are about to step out in front of moving traffic!). (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. Learning to follow intuition and ignore distractions takes daily practice and patience. Try asking yourself questions to focus your mind, then follow the answers your thoughts provide: 1. In a new grocery store: "Where do they stock the agave syrup? The sandwich wraps?" 2. At the start of your work day: "What is important today?" When you feel frustration, stop and take stock of where your thoughts are. When you feel drawn to something or someone, follow your thoughts and take action, moving through fear if necessary. (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved
  7. 7. Soon you will "just know" the difference between intuition and distraction. Leigh Harris (c) 2010 All Rights Reserved