In every moment your body is sending you information and your task is to listen. When the messages rise in you, follow them. They are immediate and visceral and unconcerned about your evaluation. They are signals requesting you to take action.

You feel them before you think about it and they fade to the background when you don’t act on them. Impulses may be a nose tickle, internal laugh, tears, hunger, head pressure or even heart flutters. Your impulses are always true, accurate, and complete. You will recognize them by how you feel when you act. You may be relieved, satisfied, excited, or giddy. Sometimes the impulses require you to be courageous and vulnerable in this moment.

Every day I feel an impulse and much of the time I override it so I don’t look silly or squelch my true feelings all in an effort to be “safe”. When I do let the impulse bubble up, I have a burst of energy. It reminds me of who I really am.

The impulse may be quiet like a gentle breeze or clear and distinct as if someone is talking to you.

When you bust out laughing at a YouTube video, dance in your seat when your favorite song comes on, cry during a documentary, or smile when I friend texts you, you are following your impulse and that comes from your higher self. Honor the impulse by opening your heart, loosen your grip, and being fully open to the present moment.

Now I practice to call when I think of someone, buy two donuts at QuikTrip, and get in bed on time when the impulse rises. I am learning to feel the joy even when I don’t know where the impulse may lead me.

How will you follow your impulse?

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