Raising Conscious Children – One Village at a Time
An Innovative Approach – Helping Children Cultivate Love from Within –
Instructional Guide #1
An excerpt from Chapter 5: Listening to Your Gut
WHAT does it mean to listen to your gut?
Listening to your gut means you are in touch with your inner knowing, the voice you have inside of you. Inner knowing is beyond logic or reason. You just know when something is good or bad for you, even if you can’t express why you know it. People will often say, “I had a gut reaction” or “I just knew in my gut” (your gut is your belly) when making decisions or taking action. Decisions can often be made very quickly and without much thought because you know instinctively whether or not a choice, experience, or activity is right for you. On the other hand, if just the idea of something gives you a stomachache (or some other unpleasant physical signal) or makes you feel bad, it would be a sign that whatever you are thinking about is not a good idea.
Ulices had this inner knowing when it came to dogs. He just knew in his gut which dogs were friendly and which were not. Ulices had a feeling before Princess even snapped at Ana and bit her finger that something bad was about to happen. He heard himself say, “Uh oh!” inside his head right before Ana reached out to Princess. He even had a feeling about Princess’s owner, and he was right about that too!
One way to listen to your inner knowing is to pay attention to the things you love, the things you gravitate towards. Your passions can determine what you are meant to do later on in life. Ulices naturally gravitated towards dogs. He spent his free time at the dog park. He loved dogs, and the dogs loved him! His gift of understanding dogs led to a happy career for him when he grew up.
What do you find yourself interested in the most? Your gut can help you know this when you find yourself gravitating to a particular toy, game, activity, or subject such as drawing, dancing, reading, science, or math. Perhaps you have the desire to go outside often and be in nature, such as the mountains or beaches.
Your instinct can help you know which people are safe. Maybe you don’t want to show affection or hug a person you just met. Your inner knowing will help you trust and decide for yourself who you feel comfortable with. Another example of how your instinct might show up is perhaps just as you are thinking about your Grandma or Grandpa, the phone rings and it’s them calling!
Like Ulices, everyone has inner knowing and the ability to listen to their gut, even you! Your inner knowing can show up in a variety of ways. You might hear your own voice tell you an answer inside your head, see an image in your mind, or feel a sensation in your body. You might just know something instinctively, like Ulices. You will get to practice listening to your gut in a little while to see how your inner knowing shows up for you.
WHY is listening to your gut important?
I’ll bet you didn’t know it, but you have all the answers to life right inside of you! And listening to your gut can help you hear them! The gut, or stomach, is sometimes called the second brain. What does this mean? It means that if you are trying to make a decision and tune into your body, your body will tell you the answer somehow. Tuning into yourself and getting answers can help you know whether to take action and what kind of action to take. This is important because all actions have consequences. Listening to your gut or inner knowing is essential because it can keep you out of danger, guide you in activities you enjoy, and help you develop your uniqueness through decision-making.
Ulices was good at listening to his gut. If Ana tuned in to her inner knowing the way Ulices did, it might have kept her safe from getting bitten! Listening to his gut helped Ulices in the long run, too. Ultimately, following his instincts led him to be a very successful dog whisperer when he grew up, where he was able to help not only dogs but their owners too. You can learn to listen to your gut and do what you love, and be happy. Isn’t that exciting?
WHEN is listening to your gut appropriate?
If you get good at it, you can listen to your gut all day, every day. You can tune into your body and follow your impulses to do what feels good for you. Pay attention to and do the things you love and notice which activities you like the most. When you get good at it, like Ulices, you will instinctively know what’s best for you.
It’s important to listen to your gut anytime you have a choice to make, big or small, especially when you have to decide on something important. Listen to your gut in new situations and unfamiliar places. Your gut will help you stay safe.
However, keep in mind that until you grow up, adults will be making a lot of decisions for you. While you are learning how to listen to your gut, a trusted adult can guide you in knowing what’s best for you. They have your best interests at heart.
ASK A TRUSTED ADULT…
…for help when making big decisions.
…if a choice they make for you does not feel right, talk to them about it.
…if you listen to your gut and happen to experience a consequence you did not like. They can help you look for the lesson and opportunity for learning.
HOW do you listen to your gut?
Listening to your gut is going to be fun and exciting! Now you get to practice! You listen to your gut by tuning into yourself. When you tune into yourself, you are paying attention to:
- any sensations you feel in your body
- any pictures that pop into your mind
- any words or things you tell yourself while listening
- or anything else that comes up for you as you sit quietly and pay attention; you may even smell a scent or get a taste in your mouth!
Listening to your gut is a valuable skill that can help you use discernment to make decisions and stay true to yourself. To do this, simply quiet the mind and pay attention to what your body is telling you.