We’ve all met people who radiate peace, contentedness, drive, and security. These are the people whose spirits, minds, and physical bodies are in sync. They seem to possess an equilibrium that allows them to not only thrive in good circumstances, but to weather life’s difficulties with grace and steadiness.
People who have achieved this level of grounding have learned what it means to live a life of spiritual alignment. This is a life of balance, in harmony with all the parts of self and with the universe.
Spiritual alignment is our natural state. However, it’s easily lost in a world that is filled with conflict and distraction. Most of us live our lives in a state of near constant spiritual misalignment.
How do you know if you’re suffering from spiritual misalignment? If you’re fatigued, depressed, irritable, unable to concentrate, or find yourself breathing irregularly, it’s likely that you are not spiritually aligned. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to remedy this undesirable situation.
If you’re struggling from fatigue, you need to rest. This doesn’t always mean that you just need more sleep, however. Sometimes, it’s not our lack of sleep that causes us fatigue. It can be any number of things.
Stress is a big contributor to fatigue. So is poor diet or lack of exercise. So, if you’re struggling to feel truly rested, it may be that you need to drink more water and eat more veggies. It can also mean that you need to find a way to let go of your stress. Yoga or spiritual meditation are excellent tools to manage stress.
However, it can also be that you need to go to bed a little earlier, or you need to turn off the television in your bedroom. Whatever you need to do to bring a little more rest into your life, do it.
If you’re struggling with situational depression, it may be that you need to make some time for healing in your life. Depression is most often linked to loss of some kind. This can be the loss of a person, pet, dream, identity, or anything else you hold dear.
While there are always situations in which you may need professional help, sometimes you just need to change your practices a little bit. In this case, consider starting each day with deep breathing and a ritual of gratitude. As you breathe out, whisper the name of someone or something you’re grateful for. Internalize the gifts of your life.
Or perhaps you need to take a walk in the sunshine for fifteen minutes each day. The sun is a powerful antidepressant. It’s also possible that you need to deconstruct a certain loss with a trusted friend. Find someone who is committed to your healing.
Irritability is often the result of an imbalance in our lives, hormones, or other physiological factors. If you find yourself feeling snappish, ask yourself about your current commitment to your physical health.
Are you getting enough exercise and movement each day? How much sugar or alcohol are you consuming on a regular basis? Is your diet balanced? How are your relationships?
Imbalance in any of these areas brings a sense of unwellness to our lives and the result is irritability. Consider it a warning alarm that it’s time to treat your life as the sacred space it is. Add a little more movement to your day, cut back on late-night binges, take time to really connect with your loved ones.
In a world that constantly demands more of our time, more of our energy, more of our talents, and more of our resources, it may be time to simplify. One of the surest signs of an overcommitted life is the inability to concentrate. Feeling distracted or like nothing gets your best energy or focus is a frustrating and depleting way to live.
To bring a focus back to your life, ask yourself where you can cut back. What areas are you giving your spirit to that are no longer serving you? Create a schedule that shows your commitments and decide if it accurately reflects how you want to spend your time. Finally, create a sacred boundary around your time. Time is priceless and often needs more protection than we realize.
Our breath is inextricably connected to the health of our spirit and the function of our body. In times of stress or fear or anger, often the first thing to change is our ability to breathe. Take time to notice if you’ve been holding your breath, taking shallow breaths, breathing in irregular patterns.
If your breathing is anything but relaxed and deep, you can benefit from making some changes. To do so, consider any emotions you haven’t dealt with. Perhaps there hasn’t been time or perhaps they just felt like too much. Regardless of your reason for putting them off, now is the time to identify them.
Once identified, you can begin to notice the places in your body that are deeply affected by these emotions. Then you can practice deep breathing into those spaces. At any time, you can stop and notice the pattern of your breath. It’s something you can address immediately and the benefits are often immediate as well.
All of these practices combine to bring you into spiritual alignment. Once you’ve achieved that place of cohesion between body, mind, and spirit, you’ll never want to go back. And now that you know how to achieve it, you can always return to it when you inevitably experience some disruption in your life.