Practicing Alignment In Your Home And LifeNov 08, 2023
Something I’ve been focusing on and almost studying here lately is the practice of alignment- something about the word just feels so good to me- being in alignment, in tune, with myself- with the life I want to live. There’s so much ease in living in alignment. Today, I'm sharing ways of practicing alignment in your home and life.
Alignment is the process of really connecting on a deep level with who we are, our purpose, and what’s true for us and allowing that to guide us in everything we do. It is about creating an excellent balance and this harmonious flow between our inner selves and the external world.
And guess what? Our homes can be a key place to work on this because our homes are already these special, sacred spaces where we can chill out, recharge, and find peace. It’s already where most of us anchor and ground ourselves. And so, it’s also important that you have alignment within your home.
You won’t believe how much aligning your living space with what you truly care about can do for your well-being. Seriously, it can totally transform your life! It’s all about finding that sweet spot where your home reflects your values and goals and brings you this amazing sense of balance, clarity, and inspiration.
So, let’s dive into some practical tips to help you bring that awesome, aligned vibe into your home. Get ready, ’cause we’re about to show you how to create a space that’s perfectly in sync with who you are and what you want!
Declutter and Organize
The first step towards creating alignment in your home is to declutter and organize your living space. Clutter can disrupt the flow of energy and create mental and physical chaos.
Let go of physical items that no longer serve a purpose or resonate with your values and goals. Consider a “less is more” approach, creating space for what truly matters to you. A clean and organized environment promotes clarity and calmness.
The method of decluttering I teach is to select rather than sift, which is actually a great method of making sure your space is in alignment. I shared about this recently in this video, ‘5 Mindset Shifts that will Change the way you declutter’.
Instead of digging through the clutter and focusing on the clutter- which leads to overwhelming and keeping more things that aren’t in alignment- selecting, which is a method of curating, is an empowering act of choosing what to keep based on your intention of what you want for your space and what’s valuable to you.
Remember, as you physically clear out the old, you create room for new energy and possibilities to flow into your life.
But also, organizing your items in a functional way that supports your goals and places things of value and inspiration in the forefront of your line of sight is another powerful way to create alignment in your home. Plus, organizing things in a functional way makes it easier for you to access what you need and keeps the energy flowing smoothly throughout your space.
Surround Yourself with Inspirational Elements
What’s the vibe of your home? Is it chaotic, disorganized, or cave-like? Infuse your space with elements that make you happy and serene, like natural light, soothing colors, and meaningful décor. Consciously curating your home environment brings harmony and alignment into your everyday life, which is exactly what we’re going for here.
Everything starts in the mind, right? That’s why visualizing and using reminders to keep things top of mind are such powerful tools to keep you in the zone (whatever zone that is). Inspiration and vision are key tools of alignment.
Surround yourself with inspirational elements that reflect your goals and intentions. This absolutely doesn’t need to be cluttered- it doesn’t even need to be “stuff” (although it can be). Something as simple as the colors and materials you choose for a space can inspire certain moods and behaviors.
You could totally find simple ways to display or incorporate your inspirational elements into your decor by way of meaningful quotes, affirmations, or artwork that uplift and motivate you—a screensaver for your computer or a piece of art on your wall.
Anything that keeps you aligned and inspired to take purposeful action.
Our homes and routines kind of dance together- one supports the other, and it creates this symbiotic cycle that can either powerfully support you and be in total alignment with what you want…or they can work together to sabotage your intentions.
Take mindful eating, for instance. If you surround yourself with junk food, it’s bound to influence your snacking habits.
Instead, why not integrate mindfulness exercises into your daily routine? Try activities like meditation, deep breathing, or mindful eating. These practices cultivate self-awareness, clarity, and alignment of thoughts and actions. They not only help you align your own thoughts and intentions but also inspire you to find new ways to align your home.
Make dedicated time for these activities, creating a calm and quiet atmosphere to fully immerse yourself in the present moment. By cultivating mindfulness, you can positively align your inner world with your outer environment for even more peace and focus.
My personal mindful practice starts with one of two things: yoga and my Aura app, which I use for meditation and mind work. I’ve shared about Aura before (I’ve even created a shortcut on my home screen that goes directly to their app. )
Embrace Authenticity and Harmony
Alignment thrives on authenticity. It’s really all about being your most real self and living according to that. So, it’s important that your home environment reflects that. In other words, your space doesn’t need to be what you see everyone else doing. It doesn’t have to be monotone and neutral if that’s not you.
There’s no reason not to incorporate reminders of your unique gifts, talents, and passions into your home aesthetic.
Alignment isn’t about rigidly controlling every aspect of your home and life; it is about embracing the flow and surrendering to the process. Maybe you’re not sure what the exact right steps are to make your space its best-aligned version; that’s fine- embrace the uncertainty and trust that as long as the intention is there, harmony is going to happen. It may take some trial and error, but that’s awesome.
Speaking of harmony, consider ways to harmonize different elements of your space to create a cohesive and inviting atmosphere that supports your well-being.
Pay attention to the layout and arrangement of furniture, ensuring it promotes a sense of flow and ease. Strategically use lighting to create ambiance and warmth. Choose colors that promote relaxation and stimulate positive energy.
Bringing nature indoors can foster a deep sense of alignment with the natural world. Introduce plants, flowers, and fresh air into your home to create a vibrant and nurturing atmosphere.
Indoor plants not only purify the air but also provide a connection to the beauty and serenity of the outdoors. Open windows regularly to allow fresh air to circulate, infusing your space with vitality and renewal.
You might even take this a step further by designating specific areas of your home as sacred spaces by setting up a yoga spot or a reading nook where you can retreat. These are great opportunities to personalize your space with elements that resonate with you, such as soothing colors, natural materials, plants, or meaningful decor.