How to hear your inner voice.
Last week I came across a speech by Stephen Spielberg about dreams, how they come from behind you, how they whisper and how hard it is to listen to your intuition because it whispers. It never shouts.
“So you have to, every day of your lives, be ready to hear what whispers in your ear.”
I heard my little voice last week in a yin yoga session. As my yoga instructor encouraged me to direct my breath to the tightness in my body, I realised that I was pushing that breath. Good old yang energy finding it’s way back in and taking over again. I allowed my breath to become shallow. There I found a gentle presence I have experienced before that feels both ephemeral and eternal.
A few days later I met an old friend from London Business School. This friend is a real “grown up” with a proper job in a large multinational. I was rather surprised to find that she had read, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo and was about to put it all into practice. I came across the KonMari Method earlier this year when I was looking for “science” for our new exercises. Holly and I had devised for the New Look at Changing your Mind Kit. I wanted explain how clearing out a cupboard can change your thinking and remove limiting belief patterns. All “clearing out” routes led to Marie Kondo.
The KonMari Method is about putting your house in order. Transforming your home into a tidy, clutter-free space to transform your life. Judging by the success of the book and the testimonials, it works. The process starts with discarding. Rather than focusing on what to get rid of, you focus on what you want to keep by asking, “Does this spark joy?”
Talking to my friend about the KonMari method I realised two things. First, that every time you ask, “Does this spark joy?” you are speaking to the small voice, the one that connects you to your dreams rather than “Should I keep this?” which speaks to the other voice, the one that maintains your comfort zone, shaped by responsibility and accountability. Second, that clutter is like white noise so as we remove it, it becomes easier to hear that small voice.
Your intuition is as unique as your are. It knows you better than anyone and is your ultimate guide for finding new possibilities.
So keep listening to that little voice.