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Listen for the intuitive response rather than to your thinking brain. This is what your self needs at this moment.

Honour what your self needs. Pay attention to the outcome. Honouring what your self needs at any moment goes a long way toward creating both healthy self-esteem and authentic happiness.

You can reach your inner wisdom from a place of quiet, simply using your present moment awareness to connect within. As you listen within, you may be guided to rest, spend quiet time alone, or attend to an unfinished task. As a regular daily practice, ask yourself, "What do I need today?" Your intuitive self will direct you to where you need to place your attention. You may be guided to focus on creating moments of joy, practicing kindness with others, asking for or receiving help, creating time for play, or feeling calm. Practice listening within several times throughout your day.

How helpful would it be to begin each day with a focused intention that came from your intuitive wisdom?

Daily Practice: Your Body's Intuitiveness
Imagine yourself doing something that you absolutely loathe. Identify the specific physical sensations you feel in your body at this very moment. Allow yourself to feel them anchoring the feeling in your body.

Now, visualize yourself participating in an activity that you love. Notice how your body feels at this moment. Again, do your best to identify the specific sensations and simply experience them for a few moments. Are they different from the sensations you noted earlier? Make mental notes as you distinguish between the two felt-sense experiences. Anchoring the different inner sensations help you to read your body's intuitiveness at other times.

The above exercise is an ideal way to distinguish the spontaneous physiological sensations elicited simply by what you know to be pleasurable versus what is unpleasant. Use the felt-sense information of these experiences as a template for assessing future choices and decisions. Go within to read the language of your body. Your immediate physiological reaction will give you valuable information for when you need to participate in a particular task and when you need to refrain from doing so.

Let your body's intuitiveness be a source of guidance in making "right" choices and decisions for your life. These felt-sensations are the subtle messages of your higher, intuitive self.

Identifying Your Gifts
Defining what you are destined to do with your life gives you a profound sense of purpose and meaning. Your life's purpose is, to a large degree, shaped by the innate abilities and talents that are your gifts. Each of us has specific gifts. Your gifts are uncomplicated, often requiring little effort at best. They are not determined by intelligence, wealth, privilege, or physical attractiveness. While your gifts are predestined, you use your free will to decide how you share your gifts with others.

When you identify your gifts, they take on greater meaning in your life. Using your gifts, you can begin to define your life's purpose.

Daily Practice: Identifying Your Gifts
Below are useful guidelines, together with examples for how you can begin to identify your own special gifts:

1.) Create a list of all of the skills and abilities that come easily to you (e.g. writing children's stories, fixing computers, being a good listener, being well organized). Sometimes you don't view your ability as special because you may not realize others don't have it. It's important that you include talents and skills you find easy without comparing yourself to others.

For example:

You may remember that in grade school, you seemed to have the unspoken role of mediator. Other kids would come to you for help in solving conflict. You were able to listen to both "camps" and at times to negotiate positive solutions.

Later as an adolescent, it seemed natural that your friends would come to you when they had problems. They would even remark that you seemed to "always know the right thing to do," and how they felt like you "really understood them."

As you review situations where you have been able to help others, you will begin to uncover your gifts. In this case, your ability to listen, allowing others to feel heard is one of your inherent gifts. Another gift is your ability to help others find solutions to their problems.

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