Remember the Where’s Waldo? children’s books series?
The challenge lies in finding Waldo amongst the gazillion tiny colored detailed drawings surrounding him.
The very first time you glance at a page to find Waldo amongst the myriad of figures, it may appear confusing or overwhelming.
Finding Waldo actually requires focus and time to be able to distinguish him from the crowd.
Sometimes, in a fraction of a second, you might even think that you have found him, but only to realize not. Thus, you continue searching for him again, carefully, and attentively.
What amazes me most is what happens after you have found Waldo!
Once he has been identified in the double-page picture, it appears totally trivial to see & find him.
It appears as though he is the only one standing out in the picture now, and is soOoo easy to identify.
(At that particular moment, some might even question why they did not see him more quickly before.)
Once you know where Waldo actually is, your focus settles down.
The intensity of finding him dissolves.
YOU now know where he is. And YOU can find him at any given moment.
The surrounding drawings may even appear vague or insignificant.
Similarly, in life, I believe there exists a myriad of stimuli, confusion, overwhelm and numerous distractions surrounding YOU.
YOU may be surrounded by 1,000,001 shiny things, actions, people, emotions or thoughts, without knowing where your inner voice actually is?
Amongst the gazillion distractions in your environment or the 1001 thoughts popping into your mind, YOU wonder where is your inner voice?
What does it look like? What is it saying? Where is it standing?
How to recognize it amid the myriad of movement/noise surrounding YOU?
Just as finding Waldo for the first time in a crowd, identifying your inner voice may feel like a true challenge.
Nonetheless, I believe that connecting to your inner voice is an innate process.
In other words, it is a capacity YOU were born with. YOU may live/experience it in your life.
Everyone has an inner voice.
The diversity however lies in ‘HOW’ each person connects to their inner voice…
How each person connects and recognizes their inner voice, from the array of stimuli in their life, varies.
Everyone may have different strategies to find and connect with their inner voice.
That is perfectly natural.
The most important thing to remember is that YOU have the ability to connect to your inner voice. Even if YOU feel disconnected from it or ignore where it can be found, YOU have one.
:: It is right there, within YOU.
The secret lies in ways for YOU to identify your inner voice.
Once you find ‘the’ perfect way(s) for YOU, then it becomes easy to connect with.
Just as once we have found where Waldo is, we may easily spot him -every time- afterwards.
Interested in exploring ways of finding & connecting with your inner voice?
Here are a few of my favourite ways of connecting to my inner voice:
1. Connecting with Nature
(Photo taken by me in Cape Town, South Africa)
I love spending time, alone, in nature, in silence.
Having solo time in nature allows me to tune into my Self easily, without having any distractions.
Whether it is 2 minutes, 2 days or 2 weeks, any amount of time suffices.
Nature always brings me back to my essence. It creates a space for me to simply BE.
In Being, many inspirations come to me this way.
I clearly hear how I am feeling, where I am at.
My inner voice can smoothly communicate with me when I am in nature.
Another way I love connecting with my inner voice is via meditation.
Every day, I practice Heartfulness Meditation.
I sit in silence. Breathe. And observe myself.
During my 1 hour meditation, the first half is often (over)crowded with thoughts or feelings that flow through me.
Afterwards, I tune in better into my inner being.
There are inspirations or messages that come through, feelings expressed, desires of my heart that pop up, ideas appear, etc.
In this space of silent meditation, I hear my Self clearly.
My inner voice resonates.
3. Disconnecting from the World
At the era of overflowing communications + technology, I love disconnecting from the world (as I like to say).
How? I shut everything off/down (i.e. cell phone, laptop, computer, TV, lights, …) for a period of time (depending on my agenda of the day).
I like to take these moments to simply breathe and to assess where I am at, at that particular moment.
I enjoy being – being present to my Self & with my Self.
I sometimes go for a walk or paint or stare at the sky…
In essence, I connect deeply with my Self and hang out there for a while –without focusing on the outer world.
By focusing on my inner world, I connect to my inner voice.
Maybe for some of YOU, finding & connecting with your inner voice involves dancing, constructing things, creating, writing in a journal, playing, expressing yourself, etc.?
However YOU prefer connecting to your inner voice is excellent!
*Questions for YOU to Explore:
Q. What are your favourite ways of connecting to your inner voice?
Q. What are your strategies to find Waldo?