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5 gut instincts to tune in

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The phrase “Go with your gut” is a fairly common one, though we often dismiss our subconscious alert system in favor of what our conscious mind tells us. The thing is, science is discovering that what we call our gut is often a range of physiological reactions to real dangers and opportunities our bodies evolved to recognize for our own good or the good of others.

Megan at Care2 has compiled a list of five feelings to tune in to as our bodies raise the alert.

“Something feels wrong in my body.”

Listening to your body’s subtle signals is a critical part of exercising your intuitive sense, says [Judith] Orloff [Ph.D.], who also trains UCLA medical students and psychiatric residents to use intuition when treating patients.

“Your body is a powerful intuitive communicator,” she explains in Second Sight. “Intuition allows you to get the first warning signs when anything is off in your body so that you can address it. If you have a gut feeling about your body — that something is toxic, weak or ‘off’ — listen to it. Go and get it worked up.” She’s seen too many people ignore their sense that something isn’t right with their bodies, and subsequently find that small problems have become big ones.

Physical symptoms can also have symbolic value. “If you’re around somebody and your energy goes down, that’s an intuition not to ignore,” Orloff says. Sudden sleepiness can mean that you’re in the presence of an energy-draining person or circumstance; it can be your body’s way of communicating that these conditions are taking more energy than they give. If you stay in a situation that makes you feel instantly depleted (like taking a job after you left the interview feeling exhausted), it can easily lead to a situation where you become depressed, anxious and — not surprisingly — stuck…

Full story at Care2.

For our own good.

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