Do you know what you need?

Do you know what you need?

In some regards, our bodies are good at letting us know what they need. Hunger indicates a need for food. That odd pressing feeling in your bladder tells you you need to pee. Thirst indicates dehydrated. You get the idea.

Our minds, on the other hand, are not always that clear with their communication. We have words for hungry, thirsty and horny but no word to describe the need for mental stimulation, hugs or ideas.

I found myself craving a new idea or thought this morning. While I was lying on the floor, it felt like my mind was opening up, an interesting sensation. Then I tried to find the word for the desire for creative stimulation but couldn’t pinpoint it. A google search only led me to sensation seeking and now I’ve diagnosed myself as a highly sensitive sensation seeker (can you relate?).

When you’re slightly out of touch with yourself it’s hard to know what you need. Especially when the need is not shouting (like hunger does). What do you need right now? A stretch? A phone call to a loved one?

Of course, our man Maslow did the things by creating the pyramid of needs back in the 1940s. Where on the pyramid are you?

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs | Simply Psychology
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