You’re so right in what you say about your decision to take your day off, despite the temptations of the overtime/extra funds that would have resulted from accepting the request to work through.
It’s a great lesson for us all and thanks for sharing it (along with the tale of the Great Steam God, which was a hoot!).
It’s not always easy to follow that first response (the one that in this case said to you “No way am I working my one free day!”). Those logical objections come flooding in thick and fast, with all the Reasons why you should not do what your heart and body are telling you to. More often than not, people listen to what the mind comes up with (what I call the Monkey-on-the-Shoulder, because it jabbers away to us incessantly, telling us to “do it this way” instead of following our hearts). Yet when we follow the promptings of the Monkey-Mind, we always pay for it in other ways.
This is because those intuitive flashes, call them hunches or inspirations, come from the heart rather than the head. It’s a crucial distinction. The heart is the organ that is truly tapped into the invisible weft of interconnections that weaves its way through all creation. It has its finger on the pulse, and its pulse points the way for us each and every moment of the day.
Not only that: it is precognitive, meaning it reacts to stimuli way ahead of the slow-moving rational brain (which is why we feel something first and then our logic kicks in with objections afterwards). Logic can deal only with single things in sequence, whereas our intuitions are processing millions of bytes per second.
The heart knows what’s best for us on a deep level, because it is our tap-root into that weft of connections, whereas our brains have been taught to follow a different route – the route of common-sense, take-no-risks, follow-the-herd…just as you say.
So, this week’s comment from me is quite simple: always follow the promptings of the heart, no matter what rational objections you have to a course of action. You may have no clue why you are doing something, or where it will lead, but if you are following the heart you cannot go wrong.
How do you know that you are doing this? Simple. When you follow the heart, your body will tell you. It will feel good about your decisions. This is because it informs you from within, which is what intuition means: to be taught from within.
Follow the head at your peril. How do you know when you are doing this? Again, because the body will give you immediate feedback. It will ping a headache your way, or indigestion, or a night of tossing and turning with little sleep.
The reason that heart-disease is now the number one killer in the west is because so many people are following their head instead of their hearts. They KNOW deep down that what they are doing is not right, either for themselves or for the planet, whether they consciously admit it or not. (They know, too, that it is not what you call a “sustainable” course of action.) So the heart becomes anxious. It feels dis-ease rather than knowing comfort. And the body develops symptoms to reflect that dis-ease.
The reason for this is equally simple. Your heart, being true to your nature, can only encourage you to do what is good for you. Your brain, however, having been affected by years of training from the “outside” can fool you into doing things that are against your nature.
We are all finely calibrated receptors, each one of our billions of cells containing extraordinary intelligence. When we follow the heart, those billions of cells breathe a collective sigh of relief. “Thank you!” they say to us. “This is the perfect path for us!” And that way lies contentment, health and fulfilment.
It’s the path to experiencing what I call Natural Wealth.
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