Did you know you have one hundred million neurons (also called brain cells) in your intestines?
And your heart has over 40,000 of them all of which can sense, feel, learn and remember.
Yep, that’s right. We have three brains communicating together at any one point in time – the brain, the heart and the gut.
Or the more official names are the cephalic brain (head), the cardiac brain(heart), and the enteric brain (gut). Each organ has complex neuro networks and is able to store and process information, and each has the capacity for neuroplasticity (capacity of neurons to change their connections and behaviour in response to new information, sensory stimulation, development, damage, or dysfunction.)
Many ancient wisdom teachings have told us how we should check into our own innate intelligence, speaking about following the wisdom of the heart and gut feelings. In recent years technology and neuroscience have finally advanced enough to prove these wisdom teachings to be correct so we now know for sure.
You can tap into and use the intelligence, wisdom and intuition of your three brains to make better decisions and stay more in touch with what really matters with this simple 5 step ‘Head – Heart-Gut’ Check In and meditation. Saving your time, anguish and anxiety as you deliberate over what decision to make.
5 simple steps to make better, more mindful & intuitive decisions:
1) Take 3 slow, deep breaths. This calms your nervous system, takes your attention away from your thinking mind, and connects you with the moment.
2) Bring your awareness to your head. Observe what thoughts you are having about the situation. Watch and take note.
3) Drop down into your heart. Place your hand gently on your heart and take the time to connect with what matters most to you about this situations, what your values are around it and what you ultimately want.
4) Now place your hand on your belly/abdomen. Tune into any hunches or intuition that you might be present in relation to the situation at hand.
5) Gather all this information together with 3 deep breaths and then ask yourself “what shall I do now, what is the first step?” Listen for the answer
This short practice really helps you to gather information from these three brains so that you make calm, informed decisions. I’d love to hear if you use it and how it helps you, so please email me anytime!