Listening to your intuitive heart: this is how you stop worrying in 6 steps

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This article is for all worriers and worriers. HeatherAsh Amara, author of Warrior Goddess , shares an exercise that changed her life. Discover how you can live more carefree like them. “It’s about: how do you listen less to your disaster brain and more to your intuitive heart? One way is to face and process your demons.”

The disaster brain is like a nervous co-driver who constantly taps your shoulder and screams in your ear that he sees something dangerous in the distance.

Your disaster brain

Where the disaster brain loves drama, the intuitive heart prefers the calmness and beauty that underlies everything.

Ooh, the sheer amount of energy we as humans put into worrying and worrying. It’s like an inexhaustible inner storm: just when you think the wind has died down and a sense of calm descends on you, your head turns on and your brain thinks it’s time to stir up some turmoil. If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone.

Many of us have developed a so-called ‘disaster brain’. This part of our brain believes it can protect us by alerting us to all the things that might go wrong in the future. Or by continuing to punish us for the things that happened in the past.

Your intuitive heart

The disaster brain is like a nervous co-driver who constantly taps your shoulder and screams in your ear that he sees something dangerous in the distance. Or forcing you to look in the rear-view mirror, confronting yourself again and again with the mistakes you made in the past.

And then there is the intuitive heart. The intuitive heart sits in the back seat, quietly observing everything. Where the disaster brain loves drama, the intuitive heart prefers the calmness and beauty that underlies everything. The intuitive heart is harder to hear, but always there as soon as you turn off the noise of the disaster brain.

Disaster Brain: Help, there’s a rock in the road and now we’re all going to die!
Intuitive Heart: Hey, there’s a rock in the road. Take it easy.

Disaster Brain: The world is unsafe, I must protect myself and trust no one!
Intuitive heart: Be in the here and now and listen to me about who to trust and how.

Disaster Brain: I’ll never think about death and do everything perfectly because that’s how I’m safe! Death is evil and the enemy!
Intuitive heart: You will die one day. Until then, let’s live life to the fullest.

Your intuitive heart also calmly accepts something your disaster brain fears: death.worrying intuitive heart

Facing your demons

How do you listen less to your disaster brain and more to your intuitive heart? One way is to face and process your demons. Demons like our mortality, the end of the world, being abandoned or losing our loved ones. If we want to get rid of that disaster brain, we have to stop and run from it. The following exercise has changed my life and I hope it will change for you too.

First a warning: it is not an easy ‘blink three times and then everything is solved’ exercise, but a very effective one. It takes courage and perseverance. But if you do it right and have patience, you are able to reconnect with your intuitive heart and your creative, all-knowing, loving and wise instincts.

Exercise: this way you can live fully from your intuitive heart

With these 6 steps you can free yourself from your disaster brain and live fully from your intuitive heart:

1. Detach yourself from time. Have a notebook and pen handy. Make sure you can’t get distracted. Turn off your phone and your computer.

2. Connect with your intuitive heart. The best way to do this is to think of something you are grateful for. Breathe that gratitude into your heart through ten slow and steady breaths.

3. Now give your disaster brain permission to go all out about your personal worst-case scenario. Whatever you fear — your job, finances, health, spouse, or children — let that fear arise and give it a name. Walk through the entire story, right through to the last chapter (probably a variation on the ‘we’re all going to die’ version).

Instead of letting your disaster brain run in the background and slowly poison you, now you shine a light on the story it’s trying to tell you, with all its fears and misconceptions.

4. Make sure you stay connected to your heart and keep breathing deeply. Stay true to yourself by not believing what your brain is trying to tell you. Let your heart say to your brain over and over: I’m with you, I’m with you, I’m with you…

5. When you have followed the dark path to your deepest fears, you return to the present. Breathe into your heart. Now imagine where you want to go, your best case scenario, your most creative vision, the deepest desires of your heart.

6. Agree with yourself that you will not let your mind wander into that dark path again. Every time your brain does move in that direction, tell it forcefully but lovingly, “No, we’ve been here before. Come back. Just stay here.’ Listen to your intuitive heart how to move forward now. If there are tangible and helpful actions that calm your brain and support your body, do them.

The power to change the world

When your disaster brain learns to trust the power and wisdom of the intuitive heart again, you discover a shift in your attention from worrying about the apocalypse to curiosity about how to be creative with whatever comes your way. And herein lies your power to change the world. By facing your greatest fears, you open up your most influential inner gifts: your imagination, your creative intentions, and the courage to trust what your wise intuitive heart tells you.

The intuitive heart is harder to hear, but always there as soon as you turn off the noise of the disaster brain.

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