" Intuition is the apparent ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason. “The word ‘intuition’ comes from the Latin word 'intueri', which is often roughly translated as meaning ‘to look inside’ or ‘to contemplate’." Intuition provides us with beliefs that we cannot necessarily justify. For this reason, it has been the subject of study in psychology, as well as a topic of interest in the supernatural. The "right brain" is popularly associated with intuitive processes such as aesthetic abilities. "
Even though our intuition can burn bright and scream the answers, we don't always listen to what's inside of us. Sometimes we get caught up in what we don't have, aren't doing, or aren't receiving; in essence, we lose our way. We wonder off the path that we set out for ourselves, and as a result close our minds and hearts to both people and opportunities around us. Perhaps this is done unconsciously and even unintentionally; however, when we ignore the signs that are in front of us, we trap ourselves in a state of limbo and lose the sheer motivation to act, laugh, and live both happily and free.
Limbo is a place where a person or project is held up, and nothing can be done until another action happens.
Exactly two years ago today, I was offered a job in San Francisco as a marketing/social media intern at a start-up gaming company. After contemplating my summer plans, dreams, and inhibitions, I knew it was time for me to pack my bags and explore new territory. Besides, how could I possibly go wrong with California, right? ;)
This trip opened many doors for me, including adopting a new and passionate liking for social media. I met new people and made new friends, some of whom I am still close with today. My trip to San Fran also gave me the chance to reflect, alone, on my personal goals and experiences.
I'm reminded just how important these self reflections are as my life transitions into a new and beautiful chapter. I'm also reminded, thanks to my best friend, just how important it is to be still and know that everything is aligned the way it's supposed to be. Everything is perfect.
For the past 5 months, my days have been in high gear overdrive. Consumed with my new job, workout-regime, social life, love life and everything in between...it's been a whirlwind. Lately, caught in my whirlwind, I've been "too tired" to blog or to attend that event I signed up for. It was only until recently that I shook myself out of a rather unbalanced state. I'm currently finishing up a 3-week cleanse and couldn't feel better!
Anyway, during an acupuncture session with my naturopath, I was told that I was giving off a lot of excess heat and that I need more "Jess time" (and yoga!). I didn't disagree or even attempt to justify because I knew my naturopath was right; besides I thought, I happen to quite like Jess time. Time for me, myself, and relaxation..which often consists of mini at-home-facials, scrap-booking, and tea-drinking.
"You time" is balance time, and balance is crucial. Without it, your mind, body, and spirit will react to reflect that imbalance..and not always in a good way. When I'm really stressed, my neck and lower back tighten up. I also get dehydrated quite easily. I remember a few weeks ago, during a stressful work day, I drank about 4 big pitchers of water. I also had to pee every 20 minutes. My 4-pitchers of water did help though :)
I find that once you awaken or realign your balance, it's simply magical. Not only does a weight lift, but relationships are revitalized and new doors fly open. If there is one thing I can leave you with it's this, listen to your body and follow your intuition. If you seemingly fall off the tracks and lose your way, it's okay. Life isn't as complex, confusing or stressful as we deem it to be. It's how you see and share it with the world, that will begin to define how you're able to live.
As my best friend says quite beautifully, be still and know that everything is perfect.
I'm off to power yoga :)