Align and Allow
If I look back with an honest assessment of years past I can see that my greatest energy depletion has come from my constant desire to be moving forward. Moving forward with new ideas, projects and plans and always with a very particular desired outcome. My energy is not so much depleted by dreaming up the ideas and plans but rather in the extreme effort and attention I place on the outcome.
When I set my mind to something I am relentless in seeing it through, which is not a bad thing, but I'm finding that being laser focused on one particular outcome is exhausting. And it’s led me to think, maybe I can shift my perspective in this new year to allow the possibility of new or different outcomes to arise.
“May we all find peace, clarity, new energy and new opportunities in this new year, and may we be wise enough to slow down and enjoy it."
Aligning with our truest selves is what this blog is all about and it’s something that I strive for on a regular basis. But it’s easy to get caught up in the great speed and forward motion going on all around us. It’s easy to buy into the notion that the only way to get things done is to strive, relentlessly, and with great effort, to achieve all that we hope to accomplish and to measure our success in comparison to those around us. But what if we tried a new approach this year? What if we committed to focusing inward first, aligning ourselves with our own truths, and then taking the crazy leap of faith to allow whatever is meant to come of our efforts to be set in motion?
If this sounds anxiety producing, I agree… it gives me anxiety too. The thought of letting go of control sounds crazy. But, for me, I can see how the laser focus on one outcome has at times held me back from receiving a possibly even better outcome. I often struggle to let things go in any direction other than what I hoped for. But this year I’m committing to the intention of “align and allow” because I want to see what the universe has in store for me that could be far greater than any plan I could dream up. I want to see what is possible when I let go of control and surrender to the flow of my life. I still intend to dream up new ideas and put forth the effort to set the wheels in motion, but the difference will be that I'm going to let go of the outcome. I will work to align with my true self first and then act from a place of intuitive guidance to create what I feel led to create. And then… I will let it go!
If you’re thinking “sounds great, but how do I align with my inner truth?”. It sounds way more difficult than it is, I promise. This part I have been practicing for years and there are a couple different ways to go about it. The easiest way is to get your thoughts on paper. Start by asking yourself what it is that you really want in your life. Simply write “what do I want?” on a piece of paper. And then answer that same question 10 times. The first few thoughts that come to mind are typically coming from your ego, not your true self. This exercise will give you a window into what your true self is actually seeking and needing. Pay close attention to what comes up the fifth, sixth or seventh time you ask that question. The further you dig for this answer, the closer you will be to your truest answer. With this greater perspective you will be more aligned with your true self. And the true self often reveals desires that will bring you closer to more peace, calm, joy and true fulfillment.
Another way to access your inner truth is by meditating on that same question, “what do I want?” Let that be the mantra you focus on as you sit quietly, breathing in and out, for at least 5-10 minutes. Do this every day for a week and you will honestly be surprised by the clarity that arises!
Aligning and allowing… this is my intention for 2021 and I hope that you will join me in focusing on this too, because I'm certain that 2021 has an abundance of opportunity for us all. May we all find peace, clarity, new energy and new opportunities in this new year, and may we be wise enough to slow down and enjoy it.