I want to open up my morning with a talk about alignment.
I’ve read tonnes of entrepreneurs, healers and practitioners talking about alignment. Even auto mechanics talk about alignment. Alignment is not just about chakras, yoga, or self care. Alignment is everything.
As I sit in my un airconditioned home in Alberta because the smoke has come into the city covering the city with a 10 advisory it is not even June 1. I am waking up to what looks to be a not so good situation. I am not here to sound alarms, but I am here to remind people about alignment and what matters the most is sometimes not what we see, do or even think. What we feel and where and how we navigate ourselves and our families is what is far more important. How ironic, I moved from my last location because of cigarette smoke and other problems. Taking a job, doing what I love to do: writing, teaching.. helped me to align in my work.
When my son started to cough a week ago and I did manage to get him puffers for his cough, which I am so happy I put him first not me. It meant calling in sick, again. I had to take two days off. But this is what we do for our children, for our families. We tend to their needs. As parents we must. For me this is how I align as a mother, as any mother would. Did I know the smoke would come in over the city? No. Am I happy I was able to help my son out before? Of course. Is following your instinct as a mother the best thing? Yes its alignment. That is about listening to that place, within you, that knows.
When I think about alignment there are so many times I did not work within an aligned purpose, and the teamwork was additionally missing. Therefore, alignment and team work go together. They must. While self care and all this are important, maybe we’d need less self care if we learned to work better as teams. Debriefing, is also a part of this. Checking in, helping out to make sure everyone is feeling and functioning the best they could.
What if we’d practice more radical compassion. Radical acts of love. Radical open arms. Radical “I’ll hear you, Ill hold a space for you, I promise.”
Today I think of the great first responders: fire fighters, ambulance. Those at the feat of forest fires, those at the schools holding space for children, those storytellers who lift, who help to build confidence and purpose, those who hold space in their own way. Those patient and at the same time being displaced. Prayers for them. Who helps the coordination of evacuations. Who takes the first step in first responses. Who opens up their community, homes. Each and every act helps.
Your purpose may be not clear. Alignment is about being as clear as you can, with your intention, purpose, and core values. Everyone has a different view of this, and rightfully so. Team work to help support, build and provide loving kindness.