Coaching and Living From a Place of Intuition – Living a natural spontaneous life

Aug 4, 2023

By Mac Dryden, ACC, BS

As coaches and human beings we rarely need the overcomplicated stories and ideas that we’ve been taught. We each have access to our innate, intuitive genius in each moment when we tap in. If you look, you will see all babies and animals have this innate, intuitive genius guiding and supporting their lives.

As educated adults, we too have the natural, inner guidance which is always present, giving us what we need in every moment -if we would but listen!

As I write this I notice my cat walking to the screen door, suddenly he pauses mid stride with one paw raised ears rotating, listening. The rest of his body motionless, silent, the spontaneity of the moment catching his attention. I too am caught in this moment of wonder. Staring. After a moment of listening he begins moving and is ready to go outside. This spontaneous discovery of the moment is what intuitive living and coaching is all about.

To be spontaneous we must drop our old ideas, and arrive into this now. From this now we discover our current self, our current reality, and can actually respond to our current desires and needs. What does this moment say to you? What do you need to know in this moment? What needs to be said in this moment?

In the not knowing, the knowing that is relevant is known.

When we remember these elegantly simple things about ourselves, and our universe something happens to our minds and bodies. We get to be who we innately are once again, and all that stuff we were wrapped up in before falls away like old leaves in the wind as we return to the trunk of our inner being.

So come join me for this Monday’s monthly Mindfulness Coaching Call where I will be offering some simple tools and ideas that support you in living a life of intuitive guidance and joy.


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