Community//

Why You Should Listen To Your Inner Voice

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.

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. 

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.