Over time, failing to listen to the inner YOU is like jumping into a waterless swimming pool. Ouch! That’s going to hurt.
The deepest part of you houses wisdom, and wants to be there for you, in support of your dreams. Developing a good relationship with yourself allows you to access the gifts and support that live deep within you.
When we don’t listen to ourselves, we create a barrier between our conscious and subconscious mind, leaving each alone on an island by itself. We rob ourselves of the comfort and security we get from knowing that we can rely on ourselves. This leaves room for other voices and ideas to decide what is good for us. Before you know it, you’ve traveled a path for your life that was designed and dictated by someone else, or other outside forces.
There are hundreds of ways to redirect attention to your inner self: Meditate. Journal. Ask yourself what matters to you. Listen to your answers. Write letters to yourself as though you are writing to a trusted friend; in the letter share your deepest thoughts and concerns.
Read personal development books and articles from magazines like Psychology Today, O – The Oprah Magazine and Mindful. Visit this blog often, and discover other ways in which The Inner Fitness Project might support your life. Using your free moments in these ways is time well spent. Developing yourself is the path to a more fulfilling future and inner freedom. Try it -- you might even find it fun.
Next time you find yourself rushing past your feelings, thinking that you or your dreams don’t matter, or doubting your right to have joy, stop. Ask yourself: If I were to behave like a best friend to myself right now, what might I do?