What Are Those Gut Feelings Telling You?

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. Albert Einstein

We’re often told to “trust our intuition” but what exactly is intuition or “that gut feeling”? Are gut feelings really a thing? 

Yep, those gut feelings are real! Scientists call this little brain in your gut the enteric nervous system (ENS). And it’s not so little. The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum. Trust it!

Affirmation: I will pay attention to my intuitive mind as well as my rational mind.

Coaching questions: Do you listen to your intuition and trust what it’s telling you? Can you think of a particular time when you did this? What was the outcome? 

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Take a Tip From Einstein

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Einstein was a cycling enthusiast of sorts. It’s widely believed that he conceived the theory of relativity while riding a bike (really?). The BMJ, a highly respected British medical journal, found that regular cycling cut the risk of death from all causes by more than forty percent. Of course, other forms of exercise are also beneficial but the bicycle provides exercise without additional weight-bearing stress on joints.

The bike was invented in 1817 by a German, Karl von Drais. Early bikes were known as dandy horses among other things.

Want to be smarter, happier, and more resilient? Like most other physical activities, cycling enhances cognitive function.

Affirmation: I will ride my bike this week.

Coaching question: If you feel unsafe riding outside, consider a stationary bicycle and ride in the confront of your home. What good memories do you have of riding a bike? What would it be like to start riding again?