Aligning With Your Soul's Purpose
Do you make a new year's resolution? I know a lot of people do. I know many who make a resolution to start a new diet or exercise routine as their new year's resolution. I have never felt inclined to jump on that bandwagon. NOT that it's a bad bandwagon! Maybe I just knew that I would definitely fall off the wagon very soon after jumping on.
Instead, several years ago I began to choose a symbolic word at the new year. I would take some time to reflect on my life at that moment and choose a word that represented the essence of something that I was currently going through or an idea that I needed to hold onto. Looking back, I probably began this tradition right about the time that I awoke to my spiritual journey. I had no idea at the time that what I was actually doing was setting an intention! If you are on your spiritual journey then you know just how important intentions are to manifesting into your life what you need and want for personal and spiritual growth.
My word for 2021 is "alignment". I chose it without hesitation on New Years Day. The word came to me so naturally and matter-of-factly that there was no questioning or pondering of whether I had chosen the right word. Once my rational mind took hold of it being "my word" for the year, it began to assign its meaning. As usual, it has made more and more sense as life continues to unfold.
Let's go to good 'ol Webster (ok....google then) to discover the meaning of the word 'alignment'. Alignment by definition means "to arrange in a straight line; or in correct or appropriate relative positions. A position of agreement or alliance." Ok. I think most of us are familiar with the use of the word in relationship to something we do with our tires. And I get that we align our tires in order to keep them balanced with our steering wheel so that the tires make proper contact with the road and our rides are smooth. And the car folks will even tell you that you get better gas mileage when your tires are properly aligned. Makes sense!
So, back to the reason that I chose the word alignment for my 2021 word to live by. Simply put, I am ready to start living in accordance with all the things that I have discovered about myself since my awakened journey began; since the time that I started following the things that made me feel excited and alive. I finally had decided that I would stop hiding the truth about what really makes me tick because of the fear of judgement and being rejected. I wanted my life to run more smoothly and to feel balanced and whole. I mean, if it works for my car, shouldn't it work for myself too? Seriously, even the gas mileage part!
There is so much biologic evidence that our bodies function better when we live in our truth and free of the stressors of lack of self love and acceptance, negativity, confusion, and disempowerment. Disempowerment, that's a huge one! Who doesn't want to be empowered to make their own choices freely?! But, what choices are good for us? Society certainly has its own ideas of good versus bad choices. But what if the choices that are good for me are bad for you and vice versa? Beautiful souls, our choices are EVERYTHING! You can't make choices that are in alignment with YOUR true self unless you actually KNOW your true self.
Which brings me to the synchronicity that came about very shortly after I declared "alignment" as my word for the year. I came across a healing modality entitled "Soul Re-alignment". I want to tell you all about it but I am still in the process of learning how it works and developing my skill level in the practice. Let's just say that it 'aligns' perfectly with my vision of finding one's authentic self! So, stay tuned for the glorious day that I can use my personal gifts and newfound knowledge to further help you discover yourself at soul level so that you may live out your soul's purpose.
I think the 13th century poet and mystic, Rumi, knew some very deep truths on the subject. He wrote a lot about the importance of getting in touch with your inner knowing. He taught that it's important to allow yourself to be silent and still in order to hear the whispers of the soul. He emphasized the practice of going "within" to find answers about who you are instead of looking to others to tell you who you are or define how you should show up in the world. I love this quote by Rumi: "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love - it will not lead you astray".
So, I challenge you to do just that. Be consciously aware of the people, places, things, and activities that you encounter in your life that bring about that spark of joy or passion or even just curiosity. Explore them. Talk to those people, visit those places, surround yourself with those things, seek to satisfy that curiosity. You will undoubtedly discover something important about yourself in doing so.