What does it mean to live "in alignment"? Alignment is the feeling we experience when we are living in harmony with our souls! We experience alignment when how we show up in the world is in congruence with the truth of who we are and with our mission on this Earth.
Alignment means we are using our unique strengths, gifts, talents and intrinsic motivation to create, serve and be. When we are living in alignment, time seems to become irrelevant and we are graced with the people, opportunities, learning experiences and resources to move forward in the flow of life.
How do we know when we are in alignment? Simply put, our bodies let us know. After all, our bodies are more than just a collection of tissues, organs and nerves- they are the energetic vessel for our souls! I remember how it feels to be out of alignment in my life- nearly constant feelings of anxiety, depression, self-consciousness, dread or fear of the future, and using behaviors to "numb-out" the nagging feelings I had inside. Looking back, I have to laugh because I can so clearly see how my own body was sending me signals, saying WAKE UP! and PAY ATTENTION!
Once I began to tune into the flow of life and actually align with my JOY-those interests and curiosities that LIT ME UP from the inside- anxiety transformed into excitement. When I began to experience exciting glimpses of my truth, depression faded away. When I began to actually live in authentic alignment with who I truly am, behaviors and opportunities to numb out fell away and I began craving the feeling of being fully alive and fully ME! Allowing myself to be aligned in the flow of life has led me to massive personal growth, healing of health issues and harmful habits, continual spiritual awakening and most importantly- experiencing the joy of simply existing in this human body.
When we say YES to living in alignment with the truth of our souls, we begin to notice how to small synchronicities in our lives are connecting us to an intentional path. We can even look back and reflect on how all of the seemingly random events of our lives have connected the dots to bring us right to THIS MOMENT- the exact, perfect moment you are meant to be in RIGHT NOW.
Our pain and struggles are our teachers and even give us clues on the pain or problems we are uniquely designed to alleviate or help others overcome. When we discover something we are amazing at or love doing, we can listen to the message that it holds We begin to see the world in a different light- how everything we experience is not done TO us, but is rather FOR us. We begin to see every experience as a lesson and an opportunity for growth, awakening and self-awareness. We begin to wake up every morning excited to see what life has in store for us and for the all the opportunity available in each moment. We begin to embrace the totality of the human experience as a welcome part of our journey- the dark, the light, the heights, the depths and every feeling and emotion in between, because they are all a part of our grand adventure.
WE WE ARE LIVING IN ALIGNMENT WE ARE CLAIMING OUR ROLE AS A CO-CREATOR OF OUR LIVES RATHER THAN A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE.
This is all available to you NOW. And it all starts with saying "YES" to committing to a life of alignment. The moment you say yes with all of your heart and your soul, you will begin to notice the feelings, experiences, synchronicities and intuition that is your internal guidance system and your connection to the vast, expansive energy of the Universe. You will be connected to the guides, teachers, books, information, resources and people who will propel your forward into your mission. You will begin to feel connected to a reality far greater and more vast than what the eye can see or the mind can comprehend. You will begin to clearly see that you are being guided towards a greater purpose! When things get tough, you will still say "YES". When there are challenges, tests, roadblocks and setbacks- you still say "YES", because being in alignment with the truth of your soul feels like the most noble and worthy cause there ever was.
I have outlined three important tools that have supported me in my own journey of alignment and are consistent practices I use to stay centered, awake, mindful and embodied.
CONNECT TO YOUR STRENGTHS Our strengths- the highest, most powerful qualities we possess and the things we feel exceptionally suited to do- are our guideposts to our soul's alignment. Begin to connect your strengths through asking yourself- "What am I good at?". "What do I love doing?'. "When do I feel most connected to myself and others?". "What activities make time irrelevant for me?". You can even asks friends and loved ones to tell you what they think your strengths are! Begin connecting to your strengths and feel yourself blossom with a new appreciation for how you are able to serve on this Earth. You can also do a free Character Strengths assessment here: http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey
MEDITATION Meditation allows us to transcend the distractions and noise of our lives and tune into the deepest parts of ourselves. Meditation is a tool that can be used with many intentions- to increase concentration and focus, to become more mindful, to reduce anxiety, etc. When I meditate my intention is to connect with the deepest parts of my soul. The other benefits of meditation are still certainly the side effects! But I feel motivated to meditate when I know that this practice is a key to my alignment and allows me to get quiet and still enough to receive guidance and to experience the space of being purely a soul without commentary from the "monkey mind". I simply set a timer for 30 minutes, use an eyeshade, set an intention, lay down and allow myself to melt into the surface below me, releasing all tension from my body. Afterwards, I will journal any messages or insights that came up for me.
BREATHWORK I often use a 3-part pranayama exercise before meditating to quickly bypass the mind and connect deeply with the energetic and emotional body. Breathwork helps us access deeper parts of ourselves, clear emotional blocks and stagnant energy, and access non-ordinary states of consciousness such as those utilized in shamanic journeying. Breathwork has transformed my meditation practice from very "mental" to very "embodied" in nature. The breath goes like this- Through the open mouth, take a breath into the belly, then a breath into the chest, then out through the mouth. Five to ten minutes of active breathing in this way is usually sufficient to drop me into a deeper state of consciousness while I relaxing into mediation.
COMING BACK TO THE BODY During times when I feel "out of alignment", I notice that all my energy is up in my mental space, churning with "what ifs" and trying to maintain a firm control over every aspect of my life. When I notice that my mental chatter is clouding out the connection to my truth, my soul-centered self, I begin to breath into each one of my limbs, starting at my feet. I take a deep breath in, sending the breath down into my feet, then my legs, then my hips, etc. working upwards until I've breathed into every corner of my body. Instant embodiment + soul connection!
AUTOMATIC WRITING One of the barriers to starting a journaling practice for many people is self-judgement of their writing, or overthinking what journaling "should look like". I love automatic writing because it bypasses the brain and goes straight into the subconscious. This practice looks like setting a timer (I do 20 minutes) and just allowing whatever wants to come out to be put onto paper. It absolutely does not have to make sense! I find that my deepest, most enlightening moment of self-awareness happen when I allow the mind to relax and make space for my truth to emerge with no filter.
I support clients to discover their truth and live in alignment with their soul. If you are ready to say "YES" to living in the flow of life, guided by your truth, let's schedule a session.