Call it inner wisdom, intuition, insight or guidance.
Whatever term you use, this is the little voice inside you that represents the real you. It’s the you after stripping away society’s standards and expectations — and everyone else’s.
Brian Leaf, author of Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, defines inner wisdom “as a knowledge that comes from quieting the mind, setting aside the ego, setting aside one’s ideas of how things should be, and listening and feeling for what feels truly right.”
But listening to ourselves can get tricky. Often our inner wisdom is a mere whisper. It’s a murmur that’s especially hard to hear over your harsh inner critic. With its roaring jabs, the critic drowns out your authentic voice, said Sandy Grason, author of Journalution: Journaling to Awaken Your Inner Voice, Heal Your Life and Manifest Your Dreams.
She shared the personal example of wanting to write a book. While her inner wisdom would say, “Write a book,” her inner critic would yell, “You can’t write a book. Who do you think you are? …What makes you so special? Nobody will care what you have to say.”
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