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Head, Heart, & Gut - Part 1

Updated: May 26, 2022

Last week's Finding Balance session was a valuable opportunity to consider how we can better balance our heart, head and gut. Enneagram or not, we seem to intuitively know that we are healthier when our thoughts, emotions, and body are in sync with each other. We make better decisions when these parts of ourselves are aligned and when we pay attention to when they are not.

The enneagram takes this intuitive knowledge and helps us make sense of it. Each of the nine personality types fall into one of these three areas - head, heart, gut - also known as centers of intelligence. Each type has a center that is dominant or overused, and one that is underutilized and as a result often underdeveloped.

By tuning into each of these centers and developing all of them, we find more balance in our lives, in our decision-making, and our capacity to manage stress.

If you've ever been "stuck in your head" or "feel the anxiety in your body," you know what I mean and the need to recalibrate.

Over the next three weeks, we'll delve into simple tips to tune into each center, as well as practices to help you when you get stuck in one.

But first, let's explore the basics of each of these centers of intelligence.