For generations the term “women’s intuition” has been used to describe the unexplainable, non-logical, sometimes quirky wisdom that women often possess. No one quite knows how or why intuition works. But it does.
Intuition  has been defined as simply knowing something without any reasonable and logical way of knowing it. Associated with the right side of the brain, intuition resides in the elusive realm of emotions, creativity and imagination, the domain of the feminine.
Everyday in ways that normally go unnoticed, our intuition is at work. We intuit the unspoken feelings and emotions of our partner, co-workers, children and even the check out girl at the grocery store. We know when a loved one in the other part of the house or even miles away is struggling or having difficulties and we can sense the honesty or dishonesty of our children’s excuses and the car mechanic’s estimate with surprising ease.
Although we don’t always know how we know these things, when we listen to our inner voice and follow through with our gut feelings  we are almost always right.
There are many ways that you can employ your intuition to make your life easier and frankly more fun. Try these:
Your intuition is telling you that there is something that your partner, who is slumped in his chair, needs to talk about. When you ask him, he tells you there is nothing wrong. Although this is frustrating, it may be that he is unable to put into words what he is feeling. Give him the benefit of the doubt. He may not be intentionally withholding information.
Instead of pushing him to talk, take a seat near him and sit quietly. Take a long deep breath and relax. Come into an open hearted receptive state and listen within. When you feel moved to talk, express from the heart what you are receiving. Do not lecture, push or tell him how he feels, instead use “I” statements and talk about what you are experiencing.
This simple practice will help your partner to relax, open up, and communicate.
Open hearted intuitive listening is also affective with your children, other family members, friends and even co-workers. It creates a calm intuitive environment of safety and love.
It’s been a long day. You finally have a few minutes to relax. Before making your way to the couch or bed, you scan the refrigerator and cabinets for a special treat. A little chocolate, a piece of left over fried chicken, and some popcorn never hurt anyone, right?
Before you grab the bag of tortilla chips, sit down, take a deep breath, and listen within. Imagine that your body can intuitively communicate with you.
Ask within if you are hungry? If the answer is no, ask your body to reveal to you what is prompting the desire to eat.
There is a message behind the hunger, listen to it. You might find that emotions like loneliness, frustration or stress surface. You may be bored or want to fill an inner feeling of emptiness.
Instead of eating to dull the feelings, spend some time in inner listening.
Eating is a way to nurture ourselves, but there are other more affective ways. What is the best way to nurture and take care of you?
Listen to your intuition and commit to those actions that will empower you with self-care. Often times just listening within and acknowledging how you feel will help you to release the feelings and dissipate the gnawing hunger. Acknowledge all that you accomplished during the day and have loving compassion for you.
Intuitive Career Decisions
Something feels off at work. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you feel restless and find yourself scanning job boards for other employment possibilities. You talk to your manager and he tries to assure you that your job is secure. As much as you would like to believe this, that little inner voice keeps telling you to start looking.
At this point, you have a choice. You can convince yourself that this is just your insecurity and caution speaking or you can without any outside evidence, listen, and act on your intuitive impressions.
In these kinds of situations, I often advise people to pay attention to outer synchronicities that may reinforce your intuition. Synchronicity is the random occurrence of unlikely coincidence and a form of intuition. In this situation, you might for instance receive a call from a friend who randomly lets you know that the company she works for is hiring. While exercising at the gym you overhear a couple of people discussing a new division about to open in an exciting and innovative company. You have dreams of being in interesting places involved in new activity and wake feeling more sure and ready to pursue other career options. I have a friend who woke up at 2:00 in the morning, spontaneously went to her computer, and looked at the job postings of a company that she had always wanted to work for. There was a job listed that was perfect for her. Two weeks later, she was hired.
Your intuition is like a muscle that must be exercised. Be creative and explore the many ways throughout the day that your intuition can guide you. As you do this you will become more adept at recognizing and confidently following through with intuitive messages. You will more often than not be glad that you did.
By Sherrie Dillard for Not Just the Kitchen