Last week, we introduced you to the variables (the arrows) and how they can reveal powerful information around how we best digest food, learn, align ourselves with the optimal environment, find motivation, perceive the world and more.

If you’re curious about digestion, check out last week’s post here.

Today, we want to share about another layer found underneath the top left arrow called cognition. Think of cognition as our strongest sense. It reveals a powerful instinct in our body that we can use not only to assess what food is right for us, but how to choose partners, friends, opportunities and more. (If you don’t yet know your cognition, you can look it up here.)


If your cognition is smell…

  • You may find smell is your strongest sense.
  • You are meant to choose things that smell good, in food, people, opportunities and life.

So, start to pay attention to the smell wherever you go. If you don’t like the smell of someone, something, or some place, you’re meant to trust your nose to guide you to the right people, places and food.

If your cognition is taste…

  • You may find your most powerful antenna is your tongue.
  • You are meant to follow what tastes good.

You’ll often get a good sense of things by paying attention to how things taste in your mouth. If a person or experience leaves a bad taste in your mouth, it’s important to trust that instinct and honor that the person or experience may not be right for you.

If your cognition is outer vision…

  • You may find you are particularly sensitive to the aesthetics of food and the environment around you. 
  • It’s important for your food to look beautiful on your plate and for you to enjoy looking at the spaces around you.

You are meant to guide yourself towards food and experiences that are visually pleasing. So if something doesn’t look right, it may be useful to pay attention to what might look better. Play with putting things you enjoy looking at in your line of sight.

If your cognition is inner vision…

  • You may find your inner world is very alive.
  • You may find it helps to close your eyes when you chew or while you are listening to something. It may feel better to digest food and information when your eyes are closed.

If you’re wondering what to eat, try closing your eyes and imagining what you want. You may sometimes find you see better with your eyes closed. And, you may find it feels good to take a moment to pause and be present with your food while you eat.

If your cognition is feeling…

  • You may find you are highly sensitive to your surroundings, to the smells, sounds, lights, electronics, and overall vibes.
  • It’s easier to eat and digest when the space and vibe feel right.

So, start to pay attention to the feeling of a space and make sure it feels good in your body before eating there. Your natural sense is something to trust, not ignore, and you gather so much powerful information by simply having your antennae up and tuning into how things feel.

If your cognition is touch…

  • You may find your hands give you a powerful insight and that you are deeply sensitive to touch.
  • You gather information through your hands.

It can be good to touch, prepare and eat your food with your hands, and it can even be good to touch fabrics and clothes to assess whether you want them on your body. When you touch someone, you can often feel whether they are right for you or not.

…And this is just the tip of the cognition iceberg! Cognition is a beautiful aspect of our design that helps us tune us into a new superpower within ourselves and begin to know and sense things on a much deeper level.

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