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With the world feeling increasingly chaotic, making decisions can feel more and more challenging. It could be a choice as complex as how to live the most purposeful life possible, or as simple as deciding whether it’s safe to attend a live event. At times like these, it’s important to be able to drop into the inner wisdom that’s available to you.

Your capacity to access and integrate your inner wisdom when you are under stress can be expanded with four simple steps.

  1. First assess the key factors involved in the situation. For example, if you are longing to live more purposefully, you might ask yourself what direction would make use of every part of you, with nothing left behind. If you are evaluating whether or not to attend a live event, you’d obviously assess the safety protocols in place. Write down what you discover.
  2. Second, change your mental state by thinking of a memory of a place or an event that brings you great comfort, peace and happiness. Immerse yourself in this memory with as many senses as possible – what did it look like, feel like, sound like, and more. Notice how the memory feels in your body, and amplify that feeling as much as you can. Let your body overflow with the positive sensations.
  3. Third, from this place of immersion ask yourself “What is mine to do in this situation?” Jot down what you receive in a free flow without judging or censoring anything. Then, ask yourself “Considering the key factors, what is the most purposeful path for me to take in this situation?” Again jot down what you receive in an uncensored free flow.
  4. Finally, step back and look at what you’ve captured. How are your head, heart and gut responding? Are they aligned or pulling you in different directions? If these aspects of yourself are aligned, you have your answer. If they are not aligned, cycle back to step 2 and the steps that follow and ask deeper questions to find the answers you seek. For example, you might ask “What do I need to do to align my head and my heart?”

Over time and with practice, it becomes easier and easier to access your inner wisdom so it can be integrated into your decision-making process. Have fun with this and let me know how it goes!