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Head, Heart or Intuition?

By Karen Vally on 14 Aug 2017

In our daily lives we make hundreds of decisions about mundane things. At other times, we are called upon to make decisions that require a little more time and effort. Which one of these three - the head, the heart or the intuition do you use in the process of making a decision?

" Your decision is really only as good as your process." Lea Stankovic.

We make the wisest decisions when we are in a state of balance - neither too stressed nor too relaxed. Psychologists refer to it as a state of "flow." It is only then that we are able to activate all three "brains" - the head, the heart and our intuition. What role does each one play?

The head is where we do our thinking, perceiving and evaluating. The heart is the seat of our feelings and our intuition is that little voice deep within us that is so difficult to explain, analyze or adjust. Learning how to pay attention to and listen to all three, takes regular practice, as they are not always aligned. Some people rely heavily on their hearts, others on their heads. It might be a good idea to practise using the non-dominant "brain" to strengthen its effectiveness.  When all three are aligned,  creativity, compassion and courage emerge and that's a powerful combination in any situation that requires a wise and timeous decision.

So, the next time you're called upon to make an important decision, pause and ask yourself a few questions:

How do I feel about the options with which I am presented?
What are the pros and cons of each one?
How closely are they aligned with my values?

" A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." Nelson Mandela.

We know how we SHOULD make decisions. But how do we ACTUALLY make them?



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