It’s been said that the body is composed of three minds – The Brain, Heart & The Gut and on any given day each of them will have their own way of communicating to you. This will be dependent upon the circumstance, situation or crisis you’re facing at the time or on a particular day.
I’ve often let those three minds run my life; most times a little more than I should have. When I faced a crisis, I would never listen to my brain or my gut. I would shoot straight for the heart and let it lead and guide me on what I needed to do in that moment. I sometimes (I’ve gotten better), can be a very emotional person and have always allowed my heart’s emotions to do the talking for me. I was a person that usually would run off what my emotions said do and reacted according to how I felt it was leading me to react. This behavior caused me many good relationships (not to say that the other party didn’t have some blame, but I can only speak for me), running off my heart’s emotions has even caused me a couple of jobs. For it made me unstable, erratic and untrustworthy.
I was presented with a life changing decision recently. After asking many questions and going back and forward on should I go for it or leave it. The individual finally told me “Trust your Gut on this One” But because I wanted the opportunity so bad, my brain was yelling “YES!! Take it, this would be a great opportunity for you. My emotional heart said “Think of the changes you can make in other people’s lives.” While my brain and heart was in dreamland; each dancing, singing and scheduling for this event to happen. My gut was also responding with it’s own opinion and was giving me the truth of what the situation really was; it simply said “NO! You can’t right now.” It was trying to pull my heart and mind together to look at the big picture. Was I really ready?, Could I possibly do what I was being called to do and juggle everything else at the same time? After I quieted my heart and brain down, I began to look at the big picture of what my gut was presenting and therefore decided that while the opportunity was a great one. It just wasn’t the time right now to delve into it. You see, when it comes to your heart, gut and brain. You have to go with the one that is speaking peace to the situation at hand. The one that seems to calm your nerves in the midst of your brain and heart going into their own separate direction.
Which mindset are you allowing to rule your world; while they are all important and each have their own “power of influence” you may be wondering which one should you listen to the most. Listed below is a short list of each function and how they can shape you or break you.
- Your Brain – The brain is the powerhouse behind most of our major life choices, from parenting, to relationships, to our businesses and our jobs. We need that brain power to help us function in our daily grind. While the brain is definitely a “strong tower” it can also play tricks on you. It can quickly make you see things in a different light and make you feel as if someone is your inferior instead of your friend, given how they may act, look or treat you and tell you to shut them out, without the possibility of talking things through first. Ever heard of out of sight out of mind; well the brain is the ultimate player when it comes to that. It has a way of making you overthink even the smallest things, which in the end will make you crazy if you let it. It can make you see things differently when it’s really not like that at all.
- Your Heart – The heart is the center of our life. It’s the emotional driving force behind why we do what we do, say what we say and love as hard as we are capable of loving despite how we’re treated most times. It pumps vigorously to the flowing of our blood and is big and strong. However, the heart can make us blind. It has a way of covering up the truth and allowing us to only see the surface of a matter. The heart is heavily run by emotions and usually has us running into circumstances and situations head on, without giving it a second thought. They say Love is Blind and that is so true when it comes to the real issues of our heart. It puts blinders on your eyes and allows you to see what your brain tricks you into seeing.
When the hearts emotions and the minds erratic thinking collide; it can be a bomb waiting to happen!
- Your Gut – When People think of the Gut, the first thing that comes to mind is food; in which the gut is constantly being filled up on more than twice a day in most cases. We entice our gut with many goodies and delectable foods and wait for it to digest, so we can feed it some more. But we don’t give the gut the credit that it truly deserves. It’s not just a place to bury food, but a place that gives us the real truth of any matter. The key is taking out time to listen to it. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Food for Thought” well that is exactly how we should look at the Gut, as an avenue to where we give it food for it’s most truest thoughts. That strong feeling you feel in your gut when you’re faced with a circumstance, question or situation is your guts way of revealing what you really need to do. We fail at listening to it because we see it as a food disposal rather than a guided source, but it’s the first instinct we should take heed too.
- The Secret Sauce to it All – GOD! Yes, you definitely can’t forget about God. After-all he’s the maker of your body. When in doubt, he’ll help you work it out. God is the ultimate source for all things “confusing” you might say. The bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with All your Heart and Lean not unto your Own Understanding, In all your ways acknowledge him and he’ll direct your path. So you see, even though the brain, heart and gut may all speak at the same time. God is the one that will bring them all together to give you a peace of mind. Now don’t get me wrong, he gives us signs and you will have certain feelings to come over you about something that he would have allowed to come to you, in order to get your attention and this feeling usually happens within the gut.
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