Intuitive connection, intuitive response
Human beings nowadays are forced to use the brain, think, and analyse until the point of complete disconnection with their intuition. Most of the day we are sitting, thinking, in the office or another work setting, but we don’t have enough knowledge of how to digest collected thoughts and emotions.
It blocks also our channel to intuition. Our responses become less and less clear, because thinking in our mind is not processed enough.
How do we connect with our intuition?
The simple way is regular, deeper breathing, which helps to balance different areas of our body-mind. Simply counting breaths from one to ten lets us perceive the way we think; simply, what’s going on in our mind without judging our thinking. Our breath is more regular, and we can focus more on the present moment.
If we are present, then we can easily recognise the situation and respond in a more precise way to any situation.
How is that connected with the intuition?
We are not occupied by dealing with thinking, so we are connected with our self rather than schemas, patterns, worrying, and judging. In the past, when humans were simpler, experiencing the present moment was much easier, but now we need to work on developing a connection with our 'moment life' and intuition.
We can also get answers for many of our questions that way, including scientific questions. Einstein’s example is clear - his most significant discovery happened when he was in a state of deep relaxation. He said once that, if he could know more about meditation, he could discover much more.
How an intuitive way of being helps in our work and relationships
It opens a gate to the sources of immediate and most desirable responses to the particular, sometimes very complicated, situation. Sometimes we use many different techniques, or we try to get in touch with past experiences to deal with the problem. We often don’t know how to rely on ourself in the immediate moment. The reason for that is that we don’t believe it is going to help, or we don’t know how to connect with our true (intuitive) self.
We come across people facing extreme danger that stops their thinking. Usually, in this difficult moment, connection with their intuition is possible, and the response is perfectly correct, fast, helpful, and compassionate.
We don’t need to wait for an extremely difficult situation. We can develop intuition and intuitive connection by using very simple exercises and return to our true self.
How being intuitive is connected with being present in the moment
From my perspective as a mindfulness and zen teacher, it is not so easy to be completely present in the moment. Without training, we can do that for maybe 20% of the day, mostly at work when we have to focus in order to perform our job. After work, we are seeking to relax, to relieve the tension from our body and mind. Most of the time it is difficult to stop thinking, as we are still processing what happened at work, or after some difficult meeting or conversation. Sometimes it even takes over our bedtime.
By simply breathing and focusing on our belly during the process of inhalation and exhalation, we can bring our thinking and feelings to 'the mental digestion centre' and create space in our mind. After a few minutes of doing this exercise, we already feel refreshed and can easily connect with the moment again, with all of our mind, body, senses, and emotions.
I have said already that we can develop skills of being present in daily life, so our listening, seeing, and thought processing can be intensified. It will positively impact our relationships because our thoughts and feelings will not obscure the moment. Then, the next step is to feel who is going through all this effort, who is talking, hearing, walking, etc. That means we are creating a connection with our true self (intuition) which is beyond thinking and is always available for us, but we are rarely connected and available to listen to our intuition.
There are more techniques to develop a connection with intuition, like using an existential question about the meaning of our self and meaning of our life. After raising the question 'what is my life direction and meaning?', or 'what am I?', instead of analysing we can just stay with an open mind. This is a bit more advanced and needs to be practised with the support of an authorised teacher or instructor.