All About That Title
Since I named this blog The Aligned Life, I get a lot of questions about what alignment is exactly. So, for clarity’s sake, I thought I would take a moment to outline exactly what I mean when I speak about alignment.
Here’s the dictionary definition:
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
But when I invoke the word alignment, I’m speaking about the subtle art of getting out of our own way.
When we’re in a state of alignment, our actions fully support our intentions. We have balance between the yin and the yang, the light and dark, the masculine and feminine.
In an aligned state we’re able to both give support and receive support from others. We’re able to stand tall by ourselves and we can also freely engage in healthy relationships.
It sounds so simple in theory but it’s a difficult concept to apply in real life!
We’re all rather complicated creatures by nature. And despite our best intentions, we sometimes talk ourselves out of the things we really want; we choose inaction over action. We choose to keep thinking and wishing instead of acting. We get stuck.
Here’s how it usually works:
We desire a certain goal or to achieve a certain state but we don’t take any regular action to support that desire. Then we get stressed out or depressed because we’re not where we want to be.
It’s madness but it happens all the time!
We want to be healthy but then we choose to forgo a workout or two and eat ice cream instead.
Or we dream about being more centered and calm but we come up with excuses instead of actually taking the steps to embark upon a new yoga program or starting a meditation practice.
Now of course, no one is perfect; we’ll all choose the ice cream over the workout sometimes and that’s okay!
But when that choice of life avoidance becomes a habit, we run into trouble.
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It’s only then that we can take the right steps to correct course.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this inspires you to take action on your own personal journey.