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The Wisdom Within: Navigating Life's Choices with Head, Heart, and Gut Alignment

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that our intelligence extends beyond the confines of the brain, permeating throughout our bodies. This concept, known as multiple brains or mBraining, suggests that we possess not just one, but three distinct centers of intelligence: the head, the heart, and the gut. Each of these "brains" plays a vital role in our decision-making, emotions, and overall well-being. By understanding and harnessing the power of these multiple brains, we can unlock new avenues of creativity, compassion, and courage in our lives.

The head brain, which encompasses our cognitive and rational thinking, is the brain we are most familiar with. It analyzes information, solves problems, and makes logical decisions. It is the center of our intellect and critical thinking. However, it is not the only brain we possess. The heart brain, located around the heart, is associated with our emotions, intuition, and deeper values. It enables us to empathize, connect with others, and make decisions based on our core desires and passions. The gut brain, residing in the enteric nervous system within our digestive tract, is responsible for our instincts, intuition, and the "gut feelings" we experience. It is linked to our courage, self-preservation, and sense of identity.

The mBraining framework recognizes that these three brains communicate with one another and influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions. When all three brains are in alignment, we experience a sense of coherence and wholeness. However, imbalances and conflicts between these brains can lead to internal struggles and decision-making difficulties. For instance, we may find ourselves torn between what our head tells us is logical and what our heart or gut instinctively feel is right.

By consciously exploring and integrating the wisdom of our multiple brains, we can enhance our personal and professional lives. Here are three key ways to tap into the power of mBraining:

Cultivating Creativity:

When we bring our head, heart, and gut brains into harmony, we open ourselves to enhanced creativity. The head brain can provide logical analysis and evaluate ideas, while the heart brain brings passion and emotional depth. The gut brain contributes instinctive insights and a sense of daring. By engaging all three brains in the creative process, we can generate innovative ideas and solutions that transcend conventional thinking.

Cultivating Compassion:

The heart brain is the seat of empathy and compassion. When we tune into this intelligence, we can develop a deeper understanding of others and their experiences. By consciously integrating our heart brain with our head brain, we can make more compassionate and inclusive decisions that take into account the needs and feelings of those around us. This fosters better relationships, empathy, and a sense of connectedness.

Cultivating Courage:

The gut brain is associated with courage, resilience, and taking action. By listening to our gut instincts and aligning them with our head and heart brains, we can tap into our inner strength and make bold choices. This allows us to step outside our comfort zones, embrace uncertainty, and pursue our goals with determination.

To explore your multiple brains and develop mBraining, mindfulness practices can be invaluable. Engaging in practices such as meditation, journaling, and body awareness exercises can help you develop a deeper connection with each of your brains and cultivate self-awareness. Additionally, seeking out qualified mBraining coaches or training programs can provide guidance and support as you navigate this transformative journey.

To support my own mental well-being and to reinforce my purpose and intentions as a coach I decided to enroll in a 4-day mBIT Coach training course with Wendy Shaw and the learning was deep and rich. My takeaway: I have learned that my challenges are my strength when I give myself the grace to step back, reflect and connect with my ‘3 brains’ and those around me.

Reflective Questions:

These questions serve as a starting point for self-reflection and exploration. They can help you assess the level of alignment and integration among your head, heart, and gut brains, and guide you towards a more balanced and coherent decision-making process. Remember to be honest with yourself and allow for introspection to gain deeper insights into your own inner wisdom.

  • What is the logical reasoning behind my current decisions or actions? How well does it align with my values and emotions?

  • What does my heart tell me about the situation or decision at hand? How does it resonate with my core desires and passions?

  • Do I have any gut feelings or instincts about this situation? What is my intuition telling me, and how does it relate to my head and heart?

  • How well do my thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations align with each other? Are there any discrepancies or conflicts between them?

  • Am I making decisions based solely on rationality and logic, or am I also considering my emotions and deeper values?

  • Are my actions and choices in line with my authentic self? Do they reflect who I truly am at a deeper level?

  • Do I feel a sense of coherence and harmony within myself, or do I sense any internal conflicts between my head, heart, and gut?

  • How well do I listen to and trust my intuition? Am I open to the insights and guidance that my gut brain provides?

  • Do I approach challenges and risks with courage and confidence, or do I find myself holding back due to fear or uncertainty?

  • How do I feel about the choices I've made in the past? Have they brought me a sense of fulfillment and alignment among my head, heart, and gut?

If you want to find out more watch Exploring Your Multiple Brains with Creativity, Compassion and Courage, Through mBraining | E33

YouTube I am joined by, Wendy Shaw, NLP & mBraining Coach & Trainer, and Umar Khan, Leadership Coach & Trainer, as we explore the world of mBraining and tap into our multiple brains - head, heart, and gut. In this episode, we delve into the power of aligning these intelligences, fostering creativity, compassion, and courage.

About the Author - Donna Burfield

Donna Burfield is a licensed and accredited coach and the founder of Joy and Purpose Coaching, Coaches Supporting Coaches - Dubai, and CSC Certified Coaches Group. With 26 years teaching experience and being a single mother to her daughter and twin sons, Donna is passionate about supporting working parents to prioritize their family's well-being, strengthen their parenting skills, and set boundaries using easy and effective tools. Donna also supports a coaching community to collaborate, inspire, and develop professionally. She connects coaches with experts to build ethical and professional coaching businesses, including legal, business licenses, insurance, and website building. For more info and to get in touch email me at

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