Day 124: Instinct & Intuition - One In the Same

by Sarah Devika Sumnauth

So today I woke up bright and early to drive my good friend Meghan to the airport.  She left today for a yoga retreat in Peru and I offered her a ride to the airport, even though I’ve only known her as long as I’ve been working at Whole Foods.  I think this is primarily due to the fact that in life sometimes you meet people and you just click somehow.  It’s an intuitive way of knowing that you want to be friends with someone, and somehow you don’t mind waking up at 5am, because heck you know you’ll just laugh the whole way anyways.

I feel like this is a great reflection of the way I’ve been trying to steer my life.  I worked for so long in a place that I didn’t feel valued me, and until I made the move to get out, I was fairly unhappy.  Now that I hold a job that I find fun and interesting, at a place where I feel truly valued, my enjoyment of all the inherent processes of my life have tripled.  It’s that simple switch from one job to another that has me thinking about intuitive kindness and how it can positively affect your relationships, business and otherwise.

Having a strong sense of intuition is important to me.  I feel as though I have a very good bullshit barometer and I can usually tell when someone isn’t being totally genuine.  This has served me in countless situations, and working in retail, you get to learn fast what body language is good and when people are hiding something.

I feel that through this knowledge I’ve become keen at picking out good people to surround myself with and this has obviously served me well too.  I believe that when Urban Minerals launches June 21st, 2013, I will continue to bring my intuition to work with me, because that plus my ability for analysis and logic will keep me aware when things start to feel off.  Perceptiveness for energy has also never led me astray.

Which leads me back to really an innate feeling of intuition that we can all cultivate.  A lot of women I know would call it intuition while some men I know would just call it instinct.  One in the same in my books.  Both are operating from places other than the conscious mind and both are equally important to survival and happiness and therein lies why I think it’s important to actively understand when you get certain signals.  

I’m glad that I drove Meghan to the airport.  I was partly encouraged by the good practices of my boyfriend Jess to just ask if she needed a ride there (he always offers rides to friends, even if it’s out of the way, what a great guy) and partly just knew it was the right thing to do.  And it turned out to be a lot of fun.  It was really nice to spend a little time with her before she left, chat and laugh on the drive to Pearson International Airport, and then watch the sun rise and head in to work early with a great bounding energy that kind of came out of nowhere - but somehow I know that it came from the fuel of having an intuitively guided decision turn out to be just plain awesome.

I love when that happens.

So let me ask, is there any part of your life today where you operate from an intuitive mindset?  Or is there any decision that has been informed by your ability to read the situation correctly?  Let me know! I would love to hear about your techniques for reading people and how that can lead to better friendships and business practices.  Hit me up here on the blog, on twitter @Urban_Minerals or by email at