Trust your Gut

Trusting Your Gut: The Power of Gut Feelings and Intuition

brain/gut Aug 31, 2023

Unveiling the Wisdom Within


How well do you trust your gut? Have you ever experienced a moment when your gut whispered a truth that your logical mind couldn't quite grasp? That intuitive nudge, that instinctive knowing – it's a sensation we've all encountered, often brushed aside in our quest for rationality. 

But wait! Not so fast. What if our gut feelings and intuition are very real sources of information that we can trust? In today’s post we’ll check out the remarkable role gut intuition plays in shaping our decisions, dreams, and destinies.


In a world where information floods our senses and choices overwhelm us, cultivating a connection with our inner wisdom has never been more crucial. 


Picture this: You're at a crossroads, facing a decision that has the potential to shape the course of your life. You analyze, you ponder, you weigh the pros and cons, you research and gather the data points. Yet that elusive feeling of certainty still remains unclear. This is where our gut, our intuitive compass, comes into play.


The Science Behind Gut Feelings


The Brain-Gut Connection: A Silent Symphony of Signals


The brain and gut, though occupying different realms of our anatomy, engage in an interactive communication known as the brain-gut axis. Imagine this axis as a bridge that connects two distant islands, allowing them to exchange messages, insights, and influences. When your brain sends signals to your gut, it influences your digestive processes. But it's not a one-way street – the gut also sends back signals to your brain, conveying vital information about its state and surroundings.


Hidden within the depths of your stomach lies a world teeming with activity. Nerves and blood vessels weave an intricate tapestry, akin in complexity to the neural networks of the brain itself. This bustling web of communication forms the foundation for those subtle sensations you feel deep within. As you make decisions, contemplate possibilities, or even experience emotions, your gut sends signals to the brain, creating a dialogue between your mind and body.


(See: How Your Brain-Gut Shapes Your Emotions)


Intuition: Your Brain's Masterpiece of Data Processing


Intuition, that elusive whisper of insight, is not some imaginary mystical force. It's the culmination of your brain's extraordinary capacity to process an astonishing amount of data coming from within and without. Picture your brain as a grand conductor, orchestrating a symphony of information from various sources – sensory input, past experiences, and even your emotions. 

Your nervous system aggregates these subtle signals, into a feeling that guides you. That overall "gut feeling"  is an inner knowing that often defies the confines of logical explanation. Think about a time when you met someone new and had an inexplicable sense of connection or discomfort – that was your brain sifting through a treasure trove of sensory cues to arrive at a conclusion.

The Emotional Landscape of the Gut


The Emotional Gut: Where Feelings Take Center Stage


Here’s a surprising revelation: the gut is not just a hub of digestion, but a hub of emotions. Have you ever felt a rush of butterflies before a big presentation or a sinking feeling in your stomach when faced with a tough decision? These visceral responses are not mere coincidences; they are the result of a sophisticated interplay between neurotransmitters and gut sensations.


Neurotransmitters, those messengers of emotion, play a significant role in linking your feelings to the sensations in your gut. Serotonin, for instance, often hailed as the "feel-good" neurotransmitter, isn't limited to the brain; it's actually even more abundant in your gut. This complex interaction of chemicals and sensations creates an emotional landscape within your stomach, influencing your mood, stress levels, and even your overall well-being.



“An empty stomach is not a good political adviser”
 -Albert Einstein


Scope and Complexity: Unveiling the Gut's Neural Symphony


The gut's complexity extends far beyond its role in digestion and emotional responses. Imagine if the gut had a neural network akin to the brain?  Well, it does! This intricate network of nerve endings rivals the complexity of the brain itself. In fact, the enteric nervous system is often called the second brain. Neurons in the gut, those messengers of information, extend their delicate tendrils, forming connections that facilitate a web of communication and signaling.


Recent scientific discoveries have illuminated the extraordinary nature of the gut's neural network.* This complexity emphasizes the profound significance of gut feelings and intuition. Just as the brain processes data to form thoughts, the gut processes sensory input to create feelings and insights. It's like a silent partner in your decision-making process, providing a unique perspective that complements the rational mind.


Overcoming Obstacles to Intuition


Fear and the Mind: Navigating the Stormy Waters


Despite the innate wisdom of our gut, there's a formidable obstacle that can cloud our intuitive insights – fear. Imagine you're on the brink of a significant decision: starting a new venture, pursuing a passion, or making a life-altering change. Your gut nudges you one way, but fear's icy grip tugs you in the opposite direction. This is the battle between intuition and fear-triggered responses.


Fear, a primal survival mechanism, can sometimes overpower the subtle signals of intuition. It's like a storm that distorts the calm waters of our gut feelings. Consider a time when fear led you to second-guess yourself or opt for the safer path. These fear-based responses can lead us astray, steering us away from choices that align with our true desires and aspirations.


Cultivating Awareness: Tuning Into Your Inner Wisdom


The path to harnessing the power of gut intuition begins with cultivating awareness. You might imagine your mind as a tranquil pond, reflecting the sky above. Fear, like ripples on the surface, can distort the clarity of the reflection. Mindfulness practices are akin to smoothing the water's surface, allowing you to quiet the noise of fear and tune into your intuitive signals.


Awareness serves as a bridge between thinking and feeling. Practicing mindful movement, our specialty here at the Moovy Studio, is a way to develop access to the state of awareness- a state from which skillful action can emerge. As you learn to differentiate feeling, thinking and doing, you also learn to better align with how you’re perceiving your experience.  For example, by gently acknowledging fear-based thoughts and redirecting your focus to the sensations in your gut, you can strengthen your connection to your inner compass. Self-awareness becomes your guiding light, enabling you to distinguish between fear-induced responses and authentic intuitive insights.



“Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business - everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.”
-David Lynch



In the next section, we'll consider how to embrace gut intuition and its transformative potential. We'll explore how to embrace the art of active listening, celebrate the victories of trusting intuition, and strike a harmonious balance between instinct and analysis. 


So, let's continue our journey, peering through the doors to empowered decision-making and a deeper connection to your inner self. Isn’t this fun?



 "The Gut-Brain Connection: How Your Gut and Brain Work Together" Source: Harvard Health Publishing Link:

 "The Gut-Brain Axis: The Missing Link in Depression" Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry Link:

 "Neuroscience of the Gut - The Emerging Role of the Enteric Nervous System" Source: Nature Reviews Neuroscience Link:

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