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By Sam Petrou
The ability to listen and understand your inner-self doesn’t always come easy and in most situations it is something that gets left out of the lessons we learn as we grow up.
Fortunately, there are certain tools and exercises you can explore to help fine tune the inner voice of your soul, and although some of them may sound easy, a lot of strength and will is required to work through them. For some of us this may come more easily than for others, as we are all different, travelling at difference paces and experiencing different things on this life path, so there is no hurry. Simply remain open to the lessons of the Universe.
The first part of your journey is to get to know who you are within by giving yourself some alone time.
One of the biggest challenges in today’s society is finding time and in order to help you do that, I need to make you aware of certain aspects that may not be so obvious already.
Our society has grown with the belief of keeping busy all the time and if you are ever fortunate enough to get some down time, you may notice a feeling of anxiety that surfaces without a reason. This is because at a subconscious level we are always driven and encouraged to keep busy and are made to feel bad when we are not being productive in the eye of society, so the much needed down time is wasted with these unpleasant thoughts and feelings.
There is no doubt about it, we are all busy. There is your partner, children, errands to complete, a busy career, social responsibilities and so forth. You are allowed to invest time with your loved ones and in your passions but who will invest time in you?
That is right, it is time to realise that you must do this as nobody else will give you the time you need to nurture yourself. When we nurture ourselves it gives us the ability to grow.
Now that we have explored the need for allocating time for ourselves, we must now find a way to tune in and listen to our soul, and with this in mind I introduce you to the world of meditation.
You might be wondering why Meditation? Meditation is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and relax our mind & body.
If you have trouble with meditation, you are not alone. It is normal to have difficulty early on, but the reason behind it is probably different to what you thought.
When we start meditating, we normally join a group and the facilitator is already in the process of doing their own thing so we are really jumping in to the deep end.
There are many different styles of meditation; Zen, Mindfulness, Guided, Transcendental, just to name a few. The style you may have experienced may not be suitable to the type of person you are, so exploring a range of meditation styles and techniques will benefit you in a way beyond imaginable. You will find certain styles that you love and some that just aren’t for you.
Meditation will teach you that your thoughts are part of who you are and in most instances, will remain with you during most meditation practice. It will help you to manage them in a way that listening to your inner-self will become clearer and brighter giving you confidence and balance.
Read “Listen to your Soul” Part III here , where I will be providing you with additional tools to help you listen to those inner words of wisdom.
Thanks again for joining me.