We each possess a special tool to help us decide what is best for us — our Inner Compass, an inner resource that you can learn to tap into by following these simple steps
You have an Inner Compass. We all do. It’s an amazingly accurate and reliable resource that is working all the time to guide you and give you information about what is best for you. It also helps you figure out whether or not you are in alignment with who you really are.
Your Inner Compass is a very simple mechanism. It is an internal yes/no mechanism that is your direct connection to the Great Universal Intelligence – that force that created this amazing Universe and all Life in it, including you. In order to provide you with a clear indication of whether or not you are in alignment with what the Greater Intelligence knows to be the truth about you, the Inner Compass works like the North/South guidance of an ordinary directional compass.
When you are in alignment – when you are living in harmony with who you really are and what is best for you – this Inner Compass points directly North and you feel a sense of comfort, ease and flow in your life. In other words, you feel good. And when you’re not in alignment with who you really are, it means you are off the beam, and as a result, you feel a sense of discomfort or unease. In other words, you don’t feel so good.
It’s as simple as that.
The following exercise is all about finding and using your Inner Compass every day in every situation. This is what you do:
First of all, make the decision to be mindful of your Compass during the course of your day. Constantly remind yourself that you have it, and then start noticing how you feel, really feel, at various times during the course of your day.
- Notice when things feel good and notice when they don’t.
- Notice when you feel good and when you don’t.
When you notice that you are thinking more about what other people may be thinking or feeling about you – or about a situation, event, or another person – than what you yourself are thinking and feeling, immediately pull back your focus from the other people and return your focus to yourself. In other words, when you catch yourself worrying about what your boss is thinking, or about what your partner is thinking, or about what your mother is thinking, just drop it.
Drop the thought of what anyone else might be thinking or feeling about what’s going on. Drop it like you’ve got a hot potato in your hand and it’s burning you — ouch! That hurts, so drop it. Drop trying to figure out what other people may or may not be thinking or feeling or wanting. Just let it go. Stop trying to figure out what anyone else is thinking and feeling about what’s going on and gently return your focus to yourself.
Then take a deep breath and go within and notice what you are feeling. In other words, notice what your Inner Compass is telling you about the present situation, or about the person you are confronted with, or about whatever is going on before you right now. Take a moment to go within and notice how this feels to you right now. How does this situation feel? How does this person feel? How does this event feel right now?
That’s what the Inner Compass is telling you. And that’s what the Inner Compass exercise is all about.
It’s about noticing.
It’s about noticing honestly.
It’s about present-moment awareness.
It’s about right now.
It’s about being mindful of what’s going on within you, right this moment.
It’s about being mindful of your own unique connection to the Great Universal Intelligence.
It’s about understanding what your emotions mean and believing that they matter.
Your Inner Compass that is always giving you direct, real-time information as to how things feel and what is best for you. So go ahead and ask yourself: How does this feel right now? Does this situation, event or person feel good? Does this give you a sense of comfort? That’s all you have to notice. It really is that simple.
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