Trust Your Inner Guidance

The journey to living an authentic life can, at times, be scary and challenging. Often, we want the people in our lives to approve of our choices, or validate our feelings. For me, there have been many decisions that I have made that sometimes weren’t fully supported by either family or friends. Regardless of my choices or their subsequent outcomes, I am fortunate and grateful for their steadfast love. Perhaps the realization and respect that we each have a unique path to follow allows this acceptance. One of the many gifts of mindfulness is coming to know who we are, the patterns of our thoughts, how beliefs arise, and the freedom to choose those thoughts and beliefs, regardless of past conditioning. It is a full acceptance of the self.

Suggested practice: Trust your inner guidance

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If there is a question, decision, or simply something you are exploring, like a new city or activity, I invite you to engage this practice and notice how you connect with your inner guidance.

Connecting with the breath, arrive in this moment.

  • Settling in, perhaps notice how the breath is moving throughout the body.
  • Allowing yourself to simply sit easy with the sensations as they are arising, what do you notice
  • Perhaps thoughts are bubbling up to the surface.
  • Perhaps you are noticing tension, a holding in various parts of the body.
  • Simply noticing these areas, you might sense a gentle easing, a letting go as the breath calms the nervous system, calms the mind.
  • In opening the senses wide to the sounds, sensations, thoughts and the breath, what are you witnessing?

If you are processing a question or a decision, notice where the body speaks to you.  Perhaps notice all of the ways in which the body speaks to you, sometimes screaming, when we ignore it.

As you listen to that still, but interestingly, dynamic and flowing place within you, the answers might surprise you.  And as you trust it more, allowing your inner compass to guide you, that “voice” gets stronger and easier to hear.

Have a wonderful week!

Aurora Hutchinson

Aurora Hutchinson

Aurora Hutchinson, M.A. is passionate about sharing the transformative power of mindfulness and meditation. As a certified Science of Mindful Awareness (SOMA) meditation teacher and wellness educator, she teaches group classes, workshops, conducts corporate seminars and works with private clients seeking to learn meditation for stress management, improved health, career and family support. As a PhD candidate in Psychology with training in neuroscience and pharmacology, Aurora has an understanding of the biological and psychological mechanisms underlying mind-body practices. This information provides students and clients a meaningful way to connect with the practice of meditation. Aurora is a certified Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher and Jikiden Reiki Shoden practitioner. She is trained in Clinical Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and is an iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher-in-Training. Aurora is a faculty member of the SOMA Meditation Teacher Training Program, and has served as the Mindfulness Programs Director at The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, MD. She is committed to promoting and practicing evidence-based, best practices of self-care in hospitals, wellness centers, educational and corporate settings to empower and serve others.

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