The word “living” is defined as the pursuit of a lifestyle of a specified type. The word “intuition'' is defined as the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. When we combine those two notions together we get a definition that sounds a little something like this:
“The act of listening to yourself.”
It’s as simple and as clear as that, the act of listening to yourself.
When we live with intuition and craft a livelihood that focuses on listening to our own needs, that's when we’re living intuitively. I’m not suggesting this is an overnight success, but rather like everything else in this life - a practice. It’s a practice of showing up for yourself. It’s a dedication to loving yourself and living by those rules and those rules only, to listen to your needs, to listen to your desires, to listen to what feels good and what doesn’t and to simply follow that.
Wake up and don’t feel like going to brunch with your girlfriends? Don’t. Have a workout class and you don’t have the energy to drag yourself there? Don’t go. Burnt out at work and need a mental health day? Take it.
Let’s revisit the definition of intuition “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.” This is the part that takes practice. Releasing all attachments to the rationale. You don’t need to make a mental note about all the reasons WHY you deserve rest, or can take a day off, or change your mind about something. Following what you need is the act of listening to yourself which is living intuitively.
No one knows what you need better than you do. No one knows you, better than you know yourself. We live inside ourselves, within our own minds, our own bodies and our own souls. We are the only ones that will know 100% how we are feeling, every second of the day. And again, I’m not suggesting that you don’t have a partner or a bff that has the “they know me better than I know myself” kinda vibe - but I’m talking about the day-to-day embodiment, intention and understanding of YOU that another person could never get.
Practice makes perfect and living intuitively is a practice however, when we say yes - when we want to say yes, say no when- we want to say no, journal to gain a deeper understanding into our subconscious, follow things that feel good, pursue our interests we are actively learning to listen to ourselves a little more each day.
In time the choice to show up, the choice to listen and the choice to act will get a little bit easier and we’ll be able to let go of the reasons why, why not, when, if, how, and other sentiments that hold us back.