5 Gut Instincts You Don’t Want to Ignore

Let’s try to find our way back to our gut instincts. Here are just a few feelings we shouldn’t overanalyze or ignore.

Source: 5 Gut Instincts You Don’t Want to Ignore

 

Although I generally agree with the premises raised in this article, I do have some issues and comments about the insights provided.  In particular, I feel that:

  1. Danger: It is not a matter of listening to our gut instincts when we feel we are in danger but to determine the correct response to what we feel.  One does not have to have a mental disorder in order to inaccurately react to situations that bring up fear in us.  For example, when my boss points out that I did something wrong at work and I get afraid of losing my job, I do not have a mental disorder if I feel I am in danger.  Emotionally I may not be as strong as I need to be to face criticism.  It may be that my boss is the one in fear. Definitely being aware of one’s feeling in danger is important to one’s wellbeing and survival.
  2. First Impressions: Again we are talking about awareness here. We are sensitive to other people. If someone is uncomfortable then that can make others uncomfortable (likewise with other emotions and moods we may sense). How many times have we felt uncomfortable about someone and then when get to know them that disappears.  Even people you trust can hurt us.  I agree with what was mentioned about “protecting yourself from the harmful actions of others without fabricating instincts that really aren”t there.”
  3. Feeling comfortable: Feelings are transitory and not necessarily indicating that things are right in the world or in ourselves.  Many times feeling comfortable is allowing it to be that way despite circumstances or appearances.

I really like what the website and the article generally promotes (especially meditation).  Promoting a sense of wisdom and wellbeing is good for all of us.

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Put it on your calendar.

Source: Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Obviously, I am posting this article because it contains some positive information and suggestions on the use of mindfulness in our everyday lives.  Although the emphasis is on business leadership, I feel any reason for the use of mindfulness is a doorway for personal emotional and spiritual growth.  We, as human society, dearly need this perspective.

Even though I try to practice mindfulness in all aspects of my life, I like reminders like these to encourage me to strive towards peace, serenity and freedom – to not blindly accept stress and suffering.

Abhayagiri Reflections – The Cycles of Addiction

Source: Abhayagiri Reflections – The Cycles of Addiction

This article describes the process of turning feelings into suffering of which the addictive person may not be aware of.  It notes that, during this process, the mind clings to the objects of our desire – blotting out everything else. A whole train of events occurs where what we sense is identified with leading us towards grasping the objects of our desire but being unaware of it.