Whether they’re willing to admit it or not, everyone has an inner voice that guides them in their day to day lives. Most of us can easily recall a situation in which an inner voice, perhaps considered a conscience or merely a fleeting thought, gave us sound advice that we knew was the right option. Time and time again, gridlocked decision-making processes have only been concluded after someone listened to their gut. Isn’t it time we start listening to our inner voice more?
With a little bit of help, it’s easy to tap into your conscience. Here’s why you should be listening to your inner voice, and how you can become more introspective if you’re struggling to tap into your conscience.
Everyone has one
We’re all similar in one way; no matter how tough we act or what wrongs we commit, we all always have a nagging inner voice at the back of our head that appears whenever we’re facing a moral dilemma. From early childhood to the end of our lives, we encounter situations of moral turpitude where we’re forced to make a decision for the good or bad of ourselves or someone else. During times like these, it can be easy to try and tune out your inner voice and make what you believe to be a purely rational decision arrived at through thinking, but as a matter of fact listening to your inner voice is imperative to making the right choice in your daily life.
Philosophers and medical officials alike have been debating what consciousness is, and whether we truly have a conscience or inner voice, for as long as anyone can remember. Throughout history, however, it’s always been indisputable that most people feel an inner voice warning them about something sooner or later. Whether it’s a risky situation where your instincts tell you not to go, such as betting on greyhound racing, or merely a nudge in the right direction when conflicted with a tough moral choice, virtually everyone has some experience of an inner voice helping them get by. Too often, we try to shut it out because we don’t like what it’s trying to tell us.
Sometimes in life, however, we need to face harsh truths even and especially if we don’t want to hear them. It’s easy to turn your back temporarily on your principles so that you can benefit in the short-term, but listening to your inner voice means remaining true to your ethical code at all times and being the best person you can be.
Find your inner moral compass
Despite how important our inner voices can be, some people struggle more when trying to find there’s than others. In order to find your moral compass, you should consult not only scientific work on how the brain works but also consider introspection and self-questioning. Meditating and practicing tranquility exercises is a great way to get into connection with your inner voice, but you should also just be actively listening for moral alarms going off in your head on a daily basis when confronted with tough choices.
As research from the CDC makes clear, meditation and mindfulness are excellent ways to destress,
and indisputably help you reflect and contact your inner voice. If you’re
struggling to make contact with your conscience, consider taking some alone
time to reflect on how you make ethical decisions every day. It’s not easy to
drop what you’re doing and listen to your inner voice, especially if it’s
telling you something that you don’t want to hear, but it’s virtually always
the righteous route when it comes to ethical decision making.