How many decisions do you make on a daily basis?

Whether you realize it or not, from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep you are being inundated with decisions both big and small.

From deciding what to wear and what to eat, to how to approach someone at work, your brain is constantly making decisions.

While these decisions may not seem taxing, research has found that your brain can really only handle making a certain amount of decisions before you lose your ability to make good choices.

This may explain why supermarkets have candy at the registers. After traipsing the isles of your local supermarket making decisions about what to put into your cart and what to avoid, decision fatigue sets in, and you are more likely to give in to temptation.

It also explains why the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, who is one of the richest people in the world, chooses to wear the same outfit day in and day outour. Relieving the stress of figuring out what to wear each morning leaves him the brainpower to make other more important decisions for the rest of the day.

For the average person, decision fatigue begins to set in around lunch time. It is at this time that you lose a good chunk of your willpower, your ability to focus and your ability to make good decisions.

While a good diet or even a healthy lunch can help to reduce the severity of decision fatigue, it really only provides a small amount of relief.

In any given day, your brain can really only handle so much decision making before you begin losing your willpower and your ability to think clearly.

This is amplified further when going through a rough period in your life and when your body is already under a lot of stress. During these times in your life, making the “right” decision can feel a lot more challenging and stressful.

When faced with decision fatigue you are also more likely to eat more and spend more. You also become more vulnerable and are more likely to find yourself agreeing to things that you don’t really want to do.

Biologically, it seems that our brains can only handle so much decision making, but in all of this, where does that leave the decision making skills of the heart?

Could it be that we are overworking and unnecessarily stressing our brain instead of relying on other decision making mechanisms that we have been granted?

Making decisions from the heart takes very little mental strain. In fact, when you make a decision from a place of intuition, it often feels effortless and like the natural thing to do.

Our bodies are extremely intelligent, and it seems that the fact decision fatigue even exists could be a clear indicator that we are not really tapping into all of our given powers.

Using your intuition to make choices in your life can definitely help to fight off decision fatigue and can help you to conserve the decision-making power of your brain.

Here is how to use your intuition plus some other methods you can try:

4 Ways to Avoid Decision Fatigue

1. Use Your Intuition

As already mentioned, your heart holds valuable decision making powers and can be used in conjunction with your brain.

We all have an intuition, all we need to do is begin using it so it becomes stronger. One simple technique is to close your eyes, place your hand over your heart and visualize energy shifting from your brain into your heart center. Once you feel the shift of energy, present the decision to your heart.

Often your heart replies as a strong whisper or as a feeling of knowing. It may not make sense to the brain, so it is important to not try to rationalize the answer. Just trust it and see where it leads you.

Of course, when your are feeling low or tired, accessing your intuition can also be challenging, which is why the other steps below are also important to observe.

2. Get Organized

The more organized you are for your day ahead, the less likely you are going to run into decision fatigue.

Instead of trying to organize what you are going to wear or what you are going to eat at the last minute, consider having a routine all planned out where your don’t have to make any decisions.

While being this organized takes some planning, even reducing a few key decisions from your day can have an impact.

Just like Mark Zuckerberg wears the same outfit every day, when you get organized and remove unnecessary decisions, it leaves you with more time and energy.

3. Sleep On It

If you have to make big decisions in the later half of the day, consider sleeping on it before signing the dotted line. To make this effective, try to not think about your decision or any of the details until first thing in the morning.

Often when you wake up in the morning your mind is clear and fresh and you are more likely to make the “right” decision moving forward. In the morning your mind is also sharper and has the strength to look through the finer details.

If you don’t have time to sleep on it, consider doing a quick 20 minute meditation instead. By clearing your mind and recharging your soul, you can gain decision making power not only from your brain but also from your heart.

4. Trust Yourself

One of the most beneficial ways to avoid decision fatigue is to trust yourself. Instead of going back and forth over things again and again, be confident and bold when it comes to making your decisions.

The minute you second guess or doubt yourself, decision fatigue can set in a lot quicker. While its ok to change your mind, try to stick to your decision once you have made it and see it through.

Often the decision that we first make is the one that we end up going back to anyway, so commit to your first choice and trust yourself.

This article was oirginally published at Forever Conscious and used here with permission.

Do you want to ask the universe for something you want and you haven’t find a way that works for you yet?

The law of attraction is one of the most powerful laws of this Universe. It works on the principle that like attracts like. This means that you attract into your reality experiences, events and people that are aligned with your energy and vibration.

Everyone and every experience that comes into your life is a teacher in some way that is being drawn to you at your current state of consciousness.

If we believe this to be true, then we can also actively change our energy and our vibration in order to attract a different set of experiences or opportunities into our lives.

When we uplift our energy and our level of consciousness, our external environment mirrors the same and our energy starts to attract a new set of experiences.

Because we are co-creators of our destiny, we also have the power to create and manifest events in our lives as well. We can send our requests out into the Universe, almost like we are casting a wish and watching it return to us.

If you are looking to manifest or create an event in your life, whether it is attracting a new lover, money, a new job or simply a peaceful resolution to a situation, here is how to do it:

1. Develop a Relationship with the Universe

If you are new to the law of attraction and the inner workings of the Universe, it may be beneficial to start developing a relationship so you can see first hand how the Universe operates.

It is all very well for someone to tell you that “like attracts like” but until you start to see it in operation, it can be difficult to understand.

To start developing your relationship with the Universe, you have to first believe in its power and see the miracles it can create. Perhaps start on a small level first such as asking the Universe for a sign.

2. Set Your Intention

Just because you ask for something, doesn’t mean you are going to receive it exactly as you intended. This is especially true if what you are asking for comes from a place of ego or there is resistance and blocks surrounding what you are asking for.

Before you ask the Universe for what you want, you first have to get clear with your heart and really tune in to what your heart desires.

Once you have set your intention and have become clear on what you want, it makes it a lot easier to attract it into your life.

3. Visualize

With your intention in your heart, close your eyes and begin to visualize the receiving of your intention. Visualize what it may look like, what it feels like and any other details that are necessary.

Allow yourself to get taken away by the feelings you are experiencing. Really feel all the emotions that come with having your request answered. The more feelings you can conjure up, the more powerful your request will be.

Watch: Master Visualization

4. Thank You and Ask

Once you are sitting in that feeling place and your emotions about what you want are bubbling over, it is time to ask the Universe.

Start with “Thank You” as this allows you to ask with the intention that your request is already being received by the Universe.

Example: “Thank you Universe for giving/bringing/opening me to…..”

5. Release and Open

Once you have asked for your wish, you need to release and surrender all control to the Universe. You cannot micromanage the delivery or in’s and out’s of your wish. The “how” is up to the Universe, so surrender all attachments to your wish and remain open minded about how your wish will be delivered.

In fact, the more open minded you can stay, the easier it will be for you to recognize the Universe’s magic at work.

6. Trust in Divine Timing

Another law of the Universe that is important to understand here is Divine Timing. Whatever you have asked for will come your way when the perfect timing presents itself.

You have to trust that once you have sent your wish out into the Universe that it will be received back to you in perfect timing.

After casting your wish, keep trusting the process and holding the emotional feeling strong in your heart. After all, what you want is less about the object or the person and more about the feeling that it creates.

This article was originally created and published by Forever Conscious and re-posted here with permission.

By Tanaaz

Many people believe that only a handful of us have psychic abilities. In actuality, all of us have a built-in psychic ability: our intuition.

With a little practice, you can strengthen the connection you have with your intuition and come to really rely on it.

If you are trying to create a better life for yourself, your intuition is the very best source to turn to for guidance. It always knows the right answer, and if you listen to it, you will always be guided in the direction you need to move in to manifest your dreams.

There are a variety of ways to communicate with your intuition. If you are interested in improving this connection it is best to try a few different techniques to find the ones that resonate with you the most.

With that being said, here are 5 easy ways to follow your intuition:

1. Ask your body

When you are uncertain on which way to proceed in life, ask your body! For example, if you have been offered a job but you’re not sure if you should take it, sit down and close your eyes. Take a few breaths and wait until you are calm and still.  Next, deliberately ask your body if you should take the job and then imagine yourself accepting the job. With your eyes still closed, do a mental scan of your body to pay attention to how it feels.

Your intuition will cause some sensations in your body. A “yes!” answer will literally feel good. Your body will be buzzing, you will get the goosebumps or you will feel excitement in your heart. A “no!” answer will feel bad. You will feel drained, achy or have a knot in your stomach.

2. See the signs

Another thing you can do is look up for signs in your environment. For example, if you are in the middle of a conversation with your friend and it is getting tense, you might look up to see what your vision is immediately drawn to. If you were to see a stop sign or a “proceed with caution” sign you could interpret this as your intuition’s way of encouraging you to stop the conversation or to tread lightly.

There are no accidents, so signs are placed in your line of vision for a reason. Trust that  during the times you really need guidance, the signs and signals you are drawn to are there to provide you with clues, warnings or support.

3. Pick your “lucky” signs

Another similar way to communicate with your intuition is to identify your lucky signs. Perhaps you really like four-leaf clovers, butterflies or a particular brand of car. Close your eyes and ask your intuition to show you your chosen lucky signs when you are headed on the right path.

Whenever you see (or hear of) these lucky signs you now will know that you are receiving positive reinforcement from your intuition. Good luck signs are like little “winks” from the universe, letting you know that you are making good choices.

4. Ask and let go

If you need an answer to a question that is more complex than a simple “yes or no,” simply ask your intuition for the answer! Sit down, close your eyes and think intently on your question for at least a minute. Then, let it go! Move on to something else. Trust that your intuition will provide an answer for you.

You may get a great idea while you are driving, or in the shower or in the middle of a conversation. This idea will literally pop into your head out of nowhere.

5. Sleep on it

Dreams are a fantastic vehicle for communicating with your intuition. The best way to implement this strategy is right before you go to bed. As you close your eyes and head off to sleep, think intently about the question you have for your intuition.

You may get your answer in the middle of a dream and remember it when you wake up. It’s also quite possible that you won’t remember your dreams at all, but the next morning you will just know what to do.

It’s always a good idea to “sleep on it” when you have big decisions to make. In your dream state you are highly connected with your intuition.

Each of these strategies is easy to implement and can be a lot of fun! In time, you can develop a superior connection to your intuition. You will find that instead of obsessing about your questions and dilemmas, you will be more in the flow of asking for and receiving guidance quickly and easily.

Finally, when you receive the answers that you need or feel a connection with your intuition, take a moment to express gratitude for the guidance. The more you think about and appreciate the help your intuition has provided to you, the more easily you will receive the help that you want in the future. The universe will always reward a thankful heart.

Source: Body Mind Soul Spirit

About the author
Andrea Schulman is a former high school psychology teacher and the creator of Raise Your Vibration Today, which provides free and easy Law of Attraction techniques. She is available for group educational seminars and webinars.

Are you on the right path? Are you walking the path that is going to lead you to realizing your highest purpose?

There are a few things to understand about the journey of life before you can answer this question.

Firstly, there is no such thing as the wrong path. All roads are ultimately going to lead you to where you need to be, but like all great navigators will tell you, there are easier roads than others.

Some roads are smoother, some roads are bumpy, some roads are well lit and others are dark. Whatever road you ultimately end up choosing is the best road for you and for where you are at your current level of consciousness.

So ultimately in a bigger picture sense, you are always on the right path. But if you are curious if you are walking your highest path, that is the path that is going to help you reach the fullest expression of your being, here is how to tell:

1. You Just Know

If you are questioning if you are walking your highest path or not, you are probably not quite there just yet.

When you walk the right path you can feel it. There is a certain feeling that comes when you start walking this path that allows you to feel purposeful and fulfilled.

A lot of people think that their highest path is going to be some big grand pathway, but it can be subtle and gentle as well.

Walking your highest path is an unmistakable feeling, so get out of your head and into your heart and listen for the answer.

2. You Are Not Compromising Yourself

When you are walking your highest path you give up doing things to please others and instead start doing things that feel good to you. This doesn’t mean that you don’t compromise to get along with others, but these compromises come from a more conscious place and are met with equal respect.

When you walk your highest path you are completely aligned with your soul and what your soul has come here to achieve and so there is no way you can compromise this and still be on your highest path.

3. You are Equipped to Handle Life’s Curveballs

Just because you are on your highest path doesn’t mean you are not immune from challenges and hurdles.

When you are on your highest path however, there is an underlying feeling of understanding and acceptance. Even if things are difficult, when you are on your highest path it allows you the awareness to see the bigger picture and to view things from a more purposeful place.

When challenges do come, there is also an underlying faith that everything is working out perfectly.

4. You Are Not Afraid to Be You

When you are on your highest path there is a general feeling of confidence and acceptance of who you are and the gifts that you need to bring into the world.

You may also feel passionate about what it is that you are doing and fulfilled by the decisions you are making in your life.

When you can fully appreciate and acknowledge yourself, it allows you to make decisions from a higher level of consciousness which then allows you to walk the path of your highest self.

5. You Believe in Something Bigger Than Yourself

Those walking their highest path often feel a connection to something bigger than just themselves.

When you walk your highest path you are in sync with your soul and the vibrations of the Universe. This also allows you to access other Divine realms and be in constant contact with your intuition.

When you believe in something bigger than yourself it also allows you to feel supported on your journey and that your journey has a bigger vision than you can fathom for yourself.

6. You are Always Learning

When you are on your highest path there is a curiosity for life and to continually learn, grow and expand. Often those who are on their highest path are always learning and desire to develop new skills.

When you are on your highest path, you may also feel the desire to travel, volunteer or dedicate your time to learning about other people or cultures.

7. You Feel Grateful and Connected

When you are on your highest path, there is an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the experiences and people that cross your path.

When you are on your highest path you are also able to see that we are all connected and that your energy is part of a bigger tapestry that all living creatures are working on over several lifetimes and incarnations.

8. You are a Witness to Miracles

When you start walking your highest path, miracles start unfolding around you. Your intentions and thoughts manifest very quickly and your life may be full of synchronicities or “coincidences” that are just too mysterious to fathom.

Your intuitive senses may also be very strong and your body may be able to heal a lot faster than normal.

When you are on your highest path you are also more aware of miracles occurring in everyday life, from the simple blossoming of a flower to seeing your wildest dreams manifesting before you.

9. You Meet Soulmates and Twin Flames

When you are walking your highest path, you are more likely to meet soulmates and twin flames that are there to support you on your journey.

These special souls may come in the way of teachers, lovers or even friends. No matter how they manifest in your life, when you are walking your highest path the people around you start to also reflect that.

Old friends may shift away and new people may come into your life that are more aligned with where you are at vibrationally.

10. You Keep Growing in Consciousness

Just like you are changing, so too is your highest path. If you don’t keep up with the changes of your highest path, it can knock you off course. This is why some people may feel that they used to be on their highest path but got lost somewhere along the way.

This is very normal, and it will take time and a new level of consciousness and growth to find your highest path again.

Your highest path is a feeling and not so much an external destination. No matter what is happening in your life on an external level, walking your highest path is a feeling that we can all achieve when we start to realize our own potential.

This post was originally published at Forever Conscious and used here with permission.

That funny tingling in your tummy, a quick urge to do something, that squeaky little voice ringing in your head!

All of you would have experienced such feelings some or the other time in your life. And that is what precisely you would call a gut feeling. While instincts are natural, these are not exactly your thoughts. These can be considered as the thumb rules of your survival.

Here are 5 such instincts that you should never ignore in your life!

1. “Something is not correct with my body” or “I don’t feel well”!

Your body gives your cues, every now and then. And the signals are clear indicators of how it feels at a particular moment. Listening to your body is one of the first lessons taught in a yoga class. While a feeling of not being good is an indicator that your physical balance has been thrown off, it also, at times, points fingers at your psychic energy levels. You will experience this kind of feelings if you are in a place surrounded by the wrong people.

Just pay heed to what your body tells you when you are with someone. Are you feeling energetic or tired? Are you calm and peaceful or are your stressed out? The negative signals indicate that it is time for you to move on in life.

2. “Do not go there! It is dangerous”!

Believe it or not, many a time you do get to know what is there in store for you, especially if it is negative. Human body has an innate flight or fight system built into it. Have you ever noticed a violent stray dog and heard your mind saying, “Walk away from him”? This would be the simplest example to quote for. People share experiences about how they felt their heart beating faster and eyes throbbing before they incurred an accident. That is the power of your mind.

3. “This person needs help. I should lend a hand”!

Gut instincts do not always take a negative shade. The Universal bond that we share often invokes this sense of helping nature in you when you see someone’s expression. All of you have the innate skill to understand another person by just looking at their body language and facial expression. If you ever feel that a person needs help just from the cues you receive from the vibration, go ahead and help.

4. “I can do it. It is my cup of tea”!

The communication from your inner self can never go wrong. You might be new to a situation, but you will find that your inner voice is telling to go ahead with it, “You can do it”! Listen to these instincts when you decide on your career. Pay heed to that voice in your head when you embark on a new journey in life. Let go of your thoughts and embrace the instincts and just go ahead with it. You will be amazed to see the way the situation unfolds in front of you, revealing your hidden natural skills.

5. “This is just so right”!

This easily applies anywhere and everywhere. When you meet the person of your life or choose a career transition, your gut instincts will come to your rescue. Just close your eyes and listen to how you feel when you are handling such a situation. Take a deep breath and clear your thoughts to help you pay more attention to the words of your inner self. When the right person or right thing comes into your world, you feel that voice telling you “Yes, this is it! I feel so good!”.

While gut instincts exist in each and every person, the hectic lifestyle paves a way to the erosion of such powerful feelings. Meditating daily and praying for the right guidance will help you go a long way improving these skills. Start today and trust your instincts!

This article was originally featured on lifeadvancer.com and used here with permission.

By Nithya S.