I spend time everyday to work on my physiological introspective sensitivity (borrowed that phrase from Josh Waitzkin, The Art Of Learning). I have been doing this for about 5 years now.
For me it feels like a quieting of my internal lagoon… I know when there are some waves and work on the internal chatter until the water is totally calm.
I can tell when a drop lands on the water when it is that still.
I have also been listening more to my intuition… working on picking up on the information that surrounds us but we are too internally noisy to hear/ feel.
I started my morning walk today by internally calming the water… picking out thoughts and feelings… working out where they came from and clearing them by strengthening the weakness.
As I walked along a walk way near the beach I saw a man and his dog in the distance… I had the choice to carry on walking or turn left at an angle around a park area… both going the same direction but going left was longer.
I heard myself say “go left” and I did as I’m working on listening to my intuition
… even though I immediately started questioning myself about being foolish and I was being paranoid that there may be an issue with this man and his dog.
As I rounded the park I heard the man shouting at his dog and saw it coming towards me at full speed… I kept my pace and stared at the dog not letting him see fear.
My heart pounded as the dog went back and forth thinking about going for me. He had run about 50 m to get to me. The owner finally managed to get his dog and put it on a lead. He knew his dog was dangerous.
I walked on and realized I had sensed the danger with no real clues or evidence. I have never felt in danger from a dog before. If I had walked straight I would have been attacked head on.
Another piece of evidence for me to listen to my inner voice. That’s all that counts for me… try something again and again and if it works keep it. Don’t listen to what other people say… most people could never feel a drop let alone a boulder fall into their internal water and they have storms raging 24/7 and use alcohol and distraction to cope.
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.” Bruce Lee