Oftentimes, when we encounter an awkward situation or a person that seems “off,” chances are, our gut has already reached a final decision. Sometimes, our intuition informs our own judgment even before our mind chimes in, and it has its own way of letting us know what’s up. Call it coincidence or common sense, but don’t deny these five ways your gut may be confirming what you know is true.
You get that uneasy feeling in your stomach
You may have experienced an indescribable, sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach that “something’s not right” or “I have a bad feeling about this.” These aren’t just passing subconscious thoughts. According to an article via Psychology Today, we have an ecosystem of bacteria within our gut that’s comprised of some 100 million neurons. “Up to 90 percent of the cells involved in these responses carry information to the brain rather than receiving messages from it.”
You’re doing things you wouldn’t normally (and not in a good way)
Typically, we receive praise for stepping outside of our comfort zone. But when we’re abandoning our values and doing so in a way that doesn’t serve our best interests, this is when it really doesn’t feel comfortable. There are opportunities that are put in your path to help you develop yourself, and there are those that will ultimately set you back. If you a sense a sneaking suspicion that you’re being taken advantage of, take notice.
You keep second-guessing yourself
Your gut feeling is usually not the one we lead with – we usually want to do what is right rather than what feels right, which may have us going back and forth. But there can be a strong feeling which we should not deny. Remember, intuition doesn’t come from the logical brain. Pay attention to it and don’t let your thoughts steer you away.
You receive omens from the universe
When we fail to listen to our gut instincts, we receive these messages (or warnings) in other ways that can’t be denied. For instance, I remember a time where I was close to making a foolish decision that would sabotage a relationship. I was ‘stopped’ in more ways than one–-I got off at the wrong stop of my train, the weather was horrendous and they decided to take a “rain check.” In other words, all signs pointed me back home – and I’m glad I listened.
You’re not enthusiastic about your decision
When we’re confident in our big decisions, it shows. We want to tell the world, we feel secure in ourselves and our spirits are high. Agreeing to something our intuition feels strongly against won’t ever really put our minds at ease or help us move forward. Recognize where your ego might be interfering with your heart’s guidance. The more you practice listening and leading with your heart, the happier you will feel about the choices you make.