I took some time to chat with my sis Dr. Kiernan Steiner for her podcast Decolonizing Kiki. We talked about the different expressions of divine inspiration. I hope you enjoy this episode!
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When you cultivate your inner voice, you make a big shift from seeking external validation to trusting yourself.
This is so incredibly important to me because 90% of people I talk to don't trust themselves and don't know it.
I was one of them.
Seeking external validation showed up in my life as
Being the doting wife and mother even if it meant putting myself last,
Taking any and all medication my health care providers prescribed me without question,
and spending time on social media even though I felt like everyone was faking it till they made it.
In a nut shell, I was a people pleasing robot doing what I thought was right based on "social norms" and it fucking sucked!
Cultivating my inner voice helped me set boundaries and find joy in living in a world that loves telling you what to do.
Here are my 3 tips to cultivate your inner voice so you can set boundaries and find joy in living.
Every successful relationship is built on listening.
Meditation is just that - listening to your inner voice.
Whether you meditate sitting, laying, or moving, spending time listening to your inner voice is necessary especially when you're starting out.
Listening is like a muscle and if you haven't been listening to your inner voice, you need consistent practice to build up your capacity to listen.
Start your meditation practice distraction free.
Observe any thoughts, feelings, or sensations that come up and say 'I release you…'
Eventually, you'll clear your mind of random thoughts and can engage your inner voice.
Gradually play with lighting, textures, postures, music, and scents to support your meditation practice.
Be a curious investigator.
This practice was so important for me because I was so used to blindly trusting everyone.
When I tried to be super mom and wife at my own expense, I was depressed.
I never stopped to ask myself 'why is this important to me?'
I just did what generations of womxn were told by society.
Start by asking yourself why while centering the questions around your well-being.
Why is this important to me?
Why do I want to do this?
Then work your way through the what's, how's, who's, where's, and when's.
In doing so, you're reclaiming your power in the decision process and gathering data to make an informed decision.
I'm surrounded by people conscious of their physical health and one day I hear antibiotics really mess up your gut health and it takes a year for it to stabilize 😳
At the time, I couldn't remember if I ever went 12 months without antibiotics.
So I started asking my doctors whenever they prescribed antibiotics if it was necessary - and the answer every single time was no 😮
Cultivating my gut health (abstaining from antibiotics unless necessary and eating foods nourishing for my unique gut) has me feeling like my immunity is in the best shape of my life.
***Talk to YOUR doctor if you're considering changing your medication regimen or get a second opinion, either way be a curious investigator.
Now that you have some data from listening to your inner voice in meditation and being a curious investigator, build trust with your inner voice by putting aligned action behind your data!
Show your inner voice you trust it with aligned action to prove it.
Start small - what does your inner voice say about how you feel in this moment?
What does your inner voice say about what you need?
Take aligned action to nourish and support yourself.
Cultivating your inner voice isn't a one-and-done thing.
Like any relationship - it takes consistency, trust, and time.
Commit to yourself and try these 3 tips for 21 days, focusing on one day at a time.
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