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Living in Alignment

3 Comments 02 April 2012

What happened this weekend was a great example of what it looks like for me to live my life in alignment.

Living in alignment with our true selves has been a regular topic of discussion in the Walker household of late.

Alignment means/goes somewhat like this:

  • Does this feel in sync with my inner constitution? Such as, does this feel like the me that inherently am? Or am I doing this for someone else or for some other shallow reason (ie, for the sake of earning money or impressing someone)?
  • Does this make me feel alive or dead? (does it light my fire or throw a big ‘ole water bucket on it)
  • Does this follow the same path that my goals follow? Or will it take me off track, leading me away from my goals?

You get the point.

We believe we will be happier and healthier if we love life more, hate life less, and stay “on course” with out goals.

Giving birth at home was definitely an example of living in alignment. Read my birth stories here and here.

So getting back to this weekend…

Saturday: Valley Family Visit

Joe, aka Empowered Papa

Joe and Andrea Valley get my big fat stamp of approval!

Awesome people. Totally living in alignment. Friends for life.

Andrea and I made dinner while Joe, Eric and the kiddos ran around the house like and played crazy music on the keyboard.

Aztec Salad: mostly raw, vegan, gluten & dairy free. YUM.

 

Homemade pizza for the kids.

Joe took this one of us!

Playing during sunset

Find out more about Empowered Papa!

Sunday: My first guitar show in a LONG time.

Me & my lovely side-kick.

I call this living in alignment because I love playing the guitar. It’s a part of who I am.

But it also presented a test. I learned a lot from the experience.

See my daughter sitting up on the stage with me?

If I hadn’t allowed her to sit next to me, there would have been a major shit storm. A serious meltdown. I wouldn’t have been able to go on that stage without Ella bawling her eyes out and screaming for me to pick her up.

So I thought, you know what? This is okay. I know she’s going through a very attached time period right now.

Recognizing this, seeing the tears well up in her eyes, I asked her if she’d like to join me on stage. She happily accepted my invitation.

And so, for the 45 minutes that I played my set, Ella sat silently next to me on that bench (except for one interaction when she pointed out the huge moose that was hanging on the wall. She also handed me pick when I needed it).

Eric wore Lucan in our Ergo and took photos (yes, he rules!).

She talked about it for the rest of the night, all the way up to bedtime when I asked her what she remembered enjoying through her day – it’s one of our nighttime rituals. Ella said, “sitting next to you at Old Dog on the bench when you played your guitar!”

This is a perfect example of what I mean when I talk about living in alignment. 

No, Eric was not going to take her out to the car to cry it out while I played my songs.

No, my grandmother was not going to distract her with a Shirley Temple from the bar.

My daughter sat with me on the stage and it was great. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I am in love with my life and with creating a life that I love! This weekend was a testament to that. 

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How are you practicing living in alignment? Any stories to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!

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  1. Joe says:

    I live my life in alignment with my true self, which is to eat amazing Aztec salad from Kris Carr’s book with new friends that are a reflection of my goals and dreams of an abundant life of LOVE. I feel more and more connected to this powerful Source within me by saying YES to Yummy stuff, exercising every morning, and thinking good thoughts.

    We are Bold as Love.

    Time is now.

    Yes Yes Yes

    It’s possible.

    It’s effortless.

    It’s in my DNA.

    It’s ready.

    :)

  2. julie michel says:

    jan 2000 i quit my job in corporate america and started babysitting my 2 infant grandsons (1 was 8 mo and 1 was 8 wks)…12 yrs and 3 more kids later, i’m still watching them mon-fri. this is my true job, being with my 5 grandkids has been the smartest decision i ever made. not smart in a 401K kinda way but in a LOVE kinda way. and now as the oldest turns 13 i know that i have spent quality time with 5 little people that i love SO much. i will never forget this time we had together, and when i’m gone from this earth i hope they remember too <3

  3. Kate D says:

    I love this K… Thank you… What a great reminder x


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