What Is Alignment?

What is Alignment?

One of the biggest questions I get here at The Aligned Life is (you guessed it) “What is alignment?”

Alignment is an important concept for me, as you have likely guessed from the title of this blog. But not everyone is familiar with this idea. So for clarity’s sake I thought I would take a moment to outline exactly what I mean when I speak about alignment.

Definition of ALIGNMENT

1 – the act of aligning or state of being aligned; especially :  the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts in relation to each other

I use the term alignment to imply a state of being where our beliefs, feelings, and actions are in full agreement with our intentions.

That might sound very simple but for most of us it’s actually a pretty tall order.

Humans are rather complicated creatures by nature. Despite our best intentions, we sometimes talk ourselves out of the things we really want; we choose inaction over action. We get in our own way.

Most of us fall into a pattern that goes something like this: desiring a certain goal or wanting to achieve a certain state but not taking any regular action to support that desire. Then getting stressed out or depressed about how we are not where we want to be. It’s madness but it happens all the time.

Some Examples of What Alignment Is

Here are a few more specific examples: we all want to be healthy but then we choose to forgo a workout or two and eat ice cream instead. Perhaps we want to be centered and calm but we come up with excuses instead of embarking on a new yoga program or starting a meditation practice. Or maybe we indulge in actions that don’t really match up with what we want from life.

We also frequently get tripped up by our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is not always onboard with our desires. Therefore it will do its best to trip us up: cause us to self-sabotage or create so much fear we talk ourselves out of doing the damn thing.

If you want to manifest, you must find a way to bridge this gap. You must heal your subconscious mind so that you can finally create true alignment–and attract the very things you so desire.

When you are in a state of alignment, your actions fully support your intentions. You create balance between the yin and the yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine. In an aligned state, you are able to both give support and receive support from others. You are able to stand tall by yourself while also receiving support and freely engaging in healthy relationships.

Of course, no one is perfect; we will all choose the ice cream over the workout sometimes. But when that choice becomes a habit is when we run into trouble. The ice cream will simply never support out dreams of a healthy and fit body!

“We must understand what alignment looks like so that we can recognize when we have fallen out of it.

True alignment is a constant practice. Even when we find that alignment, we might fall back into old patterns out of comfort. Or we get triggered into going back into our fears.

In other words, alignment is an ongoing practice, not a final destination.

It requires us to constantly check in with our desires and our true actions, beliefs, and feelings. Then we must constantly work to create habits that truly support them.

In the end, an aligned life involves a holistic approach to our entire lifestyle.

What does alignment mean to you? What part of the alignment equation do you struggle with?

Simply asking yourself these questions will lead you to the right place to begin your self-healing journey.

Jenn Stevens The Aligned Life

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