Do you feel like you’re connected to an inner sense of what is right for you? Do you feel like you can trust yourself when making decisions and acting on your priorities?
Trauma and crisis often interfere with our connection to our internal sense of knowing. But, if you feel disconnected from your inner sense of self, it may be for much more mundane reasons. We live in a culture that values the ability to get more done in less time and believes that the way to achieve this is to do more things at once. However, according to a 2002 FAA study, multi-tasking tends to result in difficulties in filtering out irrelevant information and in remembering details.
When people multi-task, the demands they place on themselves exceed their abilities. The end result is an inability to be fully aware of what’s going on in and around you. The result is decreased self perception and insight.
We all have an inner wisdom; it's that inner sense of knowing just the right solution to a difficult problem, the ability to make an unpopular decision because it’s the right fit for you. Unfortunately, times of feeling truly centered and in touch with what we, as individuals, need are sometimes elusive.
We might have slowly drifted from our center to find that we’re far from a sense of wellness. Or we might have lost connection during a time of difficulty or pain, leaving us unable to make a big decision from a place of self knowledge. When called upon to act, we can’t connect to that sense of self that guides us in our personal best direction.
There is no magic answer to rediscovering that sense of inner wisdom. However, studies of mindfulness continue to find that the practice of focusing on just one thing leads to a greater sense of self and coherence. Mindfulness means to simply experience the moment while excluding worries, self-doubts, and distractions. It is to focus on the current moment without judgment: to simply observe both internal and external events.
Greater observation leads to increased information and an increased self perception. This, in turn, can result in a re-connection to our sense of inner wisdom.