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Do what’s in your heart


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Do what’s in your heart

Inner wisdom is so underrated. When you do what’s in your heart and you follow your instinct, amazing things happen. The thing is, we tend to ignore that wise inner voice that is trying to tell us something. That gut feel nudges us to do something or to refrain yet we carry on regardless.

When you do what’s in your heart, you are more likely to experience a positive outcome than if you ignore what’s in your heart. I have taken note over the past few years of this theory and have found from my own personal experience that when I tune in to my instincts, it usually guides me in the right direction.



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When you meet someone for the first time, you make a judgement about them. How often have you found that your initial assumption was correct? The more emotional intelligence you have, the easier this will be. People with autism might find this harder but most people, who have empathy for others and are generally good with people should trust their instincts more. As it is with most things in life, some of us are better at things than others. Listen, tune in and see how effective your inner wisdom is in guiding. It is a skill that can be improved upon.

I believe that we give off energy, there are some people I immediately feel closer to and more connected to than others. Psychologists still can’t fully explain this phenomenon and I believe there are dynamics at work that we don’t fully understand. They are there nonetheless and if we can harness this energy and use it to guide and inform us we will be better placed to make good healthy decisions in life.

Mandy X



What is your method of escape?

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What is your method of escape?

We learn ways to escape from a young age. When the stress/distress becomes too much, we seek ways to release the pressure. Sometimes these methods of escape are positive and healthy but more often than not, they aren’t effective in the long run. Having a method of escape acts as a comfort and a way to feel in control but when we escape instead of dealing with or confronting an issue, we divert our energy in a dysfunctional and unhelpful way.

The problem with learning methods of escape when we are young involves the fact that as children we are far less powerful than we are as adults. Children need to be resourceful to come up with ways to cope with an environment where they have little control. This is especially true for children who grow up in unhealthy environments where there is abuse, neglect, suppression or a lack of consultation relevant to the child’s cognitive age/function.

Children learn passive-aggressive behaviours as a subtle act of defiance. Young children who have been suppressed and have been expected to “do as they are told” without question will be the ones who frequently find ways to escape and who often end up as difficult, rebellious teenagers. When children are respected as people and are made to feel that their opinions will be taken into account, a much more balanced adult will emerge.

Negative methods of escape

Excessive sleeping/napping

Excessive spending/shopping for things you don’t need



Excessive exercise

Drinking alcohol/ drugs/substance misuse

Affairs (relationships)


Passive aggressive behaviour




Positive methods of escape


Taking time out to rest and relax

Talking things through with someone you trust


Music/ Movies/Creative outlets

Occupational therapy – making items/crafts/hobbies

Massage/Spa breaks


If your method of escaping is self sabotaging, it might be time to ask yourself what you are trying to escape from? What are you not dealing with? Is there something you have been unhappy about but have left to fester indefinitely? Are you in denial about anything? If you haven’t felt happy in a long time, this is usually a sign that you have come ‘off track’.

Get back to basics, slow down and re-assess where your life is going. Try to include as many positive methods of escape as you can. These nurture you and help you reconnect with your essential self. The real you under the ‘social you’ that feels the need to please others and give in to other people’s demands on you. Too much of that and ‘escape doors’ begin appearing all over the place.

The more in touch you are with your essential self, the more integrity you will live with and the less you will feel the need to run away from the reality of your life.

Mandy X

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