Alignment. This is the word that popped into my head this morning after an incredible week.
The second of the 7 main Chakras is given a lot of attention for it’s energy of sexuality, of playfulness and delight. And granted, this is a huge part of our life, an area to be cherished, nourished and enjoyed. However, another key role of Svadhisthana is to do with keeping our lives in alignment and balancing of opposite energies.: professional or work life, family relationships, personal and sexual relationships, passions, responsibilities, the list could go on a while! The subtle adjustments, shifts, and allowances that are made on a daily basis, are supported by the energy of Svadhisthana..
Recently, my life seems to be coming into alignment. I have almost always known that my path has been leading me in the direction of supporting others along their path to health and healing. This has been obvious in my nursing career and more recently, in my teaching of Yoga Therapy. Sometimes finding the balance between these 2 worlds has been a challenge as one provides much joy and the other seemed to be relegated to filling the bank account (I’m sure you can figure out which was which!!) I had been feeling these 2 roles were at opposite ends of a spectrum. In my mind, for the past few years, these 2 parts of my working life, were definitely not in alignment!
It feels as though that balance may shift in a good way, as this week I was offered a position on a team which focuses on an area of nursing which has held a special place in my heart since my 4th year of nursing school: Palliative care. My new role will also allow me time to continue to pursue my Yoga Therapy teachings. I also hope to bring some joy back into my work as a nurse.
I think what has helped me see and feel this new alignment, was a gathering of incredible women over the past 2 days. My dear friend and business partner, Paula Johnson and I held a retreat at her studio here in Nanaimo. We had the dream of bringing 2 wonderful practices and learnings together to support women on their path to abundance in health, in wealth or whatever they wanted more of in their lives. We all laughed, cried, shared our experiences, personal wisdom, lessons of past lives, and shared our curiosity of the different energies in our bodies through the Chakras and Vayus. Thank you to the beautiful women who shared this with us this weekend.
I have long struggled with the paradox of needing to slow down, no, to get really still, in order to move forward with my goals and dreams. How can I take the time to slow down when it seems there isn’t enough time as it is?
However, time and again, I am knocked over the head with signs of how this works. When I am able to set aside time to meditate or listen to something inspirational, something invariable changes in my day: a new opportunity arises or something falls into place that I had been working on. The law of attraction tells us that whatever it is we want in our lives, we need to create space for it, focus on it, and not allow ourselves to be pulled back into negative patterns of thought and action, or that self-defeating inner dialogue (I’ll never get that done, I don’t have the ability to do that, etc.) In order to create change, to grow, or to improve, we must always keep the result in the forefront of our minds, not allowing the thoughts or feelings of other possibilities enter our minds and bodies. Every one of our several billion cells holds an energy, a vibration. This vibration is affected by many factors: our environment, food we eat, other people, and even our thoughts. Knowing that our thoughts have a vibrational quality which is held in the body, has really made me think (pardon the pun.) Taking time to observe my patterns of thought in different situations is shedding some light on where in my life I may be struggling or not moving forward in the way I truly desire.
So, day by day, I’ll set my intention on finding stillness for a little time, creating space for endless possibilities.
Have a wonderful weekend filled with time to breathe, dream, and do what you love!
Jules is a mother, nurse, wife and Yoga Teacher living in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. Oh, and an aspiring "Peace Ambassador" helping others to find a little more rest and peace in their busy lives.