Welcome back to my exploration of Rhonda Ryder’s book: “Delicious Alignment.” I am on a journey of getting into the best shape of my life. My exercise of choice is hula hooping and I plan on applying the Law Of Attraction to my life to reach my goals. The first chapter in Rhonda’s book tells us to get off the scale and get in alignment.
This is the 1st official blog post in this series and I am super excited to share my ups and downs, wins and struggles with you. Since we are on the topic of struggle… I must admit that even as we speak, I am experiencing a huge amount of internal resistance. It it like my bad habits and destructive pattern of self-sabotage have teamed up and are plotting against me.
I already feel lighter just from getting that fun fact off my chest. This is so common. When we get ready to make big, bold, lifestyle changes we often find doubts and meet resistance. This could come in the form of your family or friends criticizing your decisions or you might feel physically exhausted from thinking about all the little steps that you will go through to reach your goals. Getting started really can be the hardest part and if you are on a (health) journey of your own; I commend and applaud you. You are no longer alone and we are in this together!
Create Your “Reasons Why”
Sometimes, the beginning of a journey can be a little lonely. You are treading on terra incognita (unknown and unexplored territory) and the uncertainty can be unnerving. Just remember that your destination is a healthier and happier place. Remind yourself often of the “reason why” you started this adventure to begin with. In fact, I recommend that you write out lots of reasons why it is a good idea for you to (insert your personal goal and vision here) get healthy.
Get excited about this dream-building process and make sure that you dream BIG. You can even create a vision board on Pinterest or a physical one if you have magazines laying around or some spare printer ink. Your “reasons why” will keep you on the path to your goals. Dream BIG and dream fearlessly because you cannot reach a target that does not exist!
“You become that which you believe you can become.”Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit Scripture
Who is Abraham-Hicks and What is the Law of Attraction?
I am still getting acquainted with Abraham-Hicks and am in the process of understand who they are and what their principles mean. This is my way of admitting that I am no expert. According to the Abraham-Hicks Website: “Abraham describes themselves as a “collective-consciousness from a non-physical dimension. American author Louise Hay has referred to them as “some of the best teachers on the planet today.” The end of the biography says, “Abraham. They are what they are.”
The Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our life the things that we focus on. The premise of the law of attraction is getting into alignment and according to the book; alignment seems to be the solution to everything. Do you want a successful career? Get into alignment. Do you want a healthy relationship? Get into alignment. Do you want a sexy body? Get into alignment.
On the other hand, focusing on the things that we don’t want will take us out of alignment. While we cannot be in full alignment 100% of the time, we can use our emotions as a guide to get us back in alignment. Our unhappy thoughts, disappointments and any thoughts that make us feel upset are forms of resistance.
How do I deal with resistance?
Believe it or not, resistance can be beneficial. When you are feeling very negative and upset the things that you don’t want become very obvious. Knowing what you don’t want can help you identify what you do want. Once you go through the process of using resistance to identify what you do and do not want it is best to get back into alignment (as soon as possible) by finding happier thoughts.
Thinking happier thoughts opens up your mind and heart to allowing what you really want. And this is how you attract and manifest the things that you really want like your dream body.
How Does Alignment Work?
Imagine a garden hose spraying water that represents all the things that you want to experience. When you are in alignment you have opened the faucet and well being can flow right into your life. You manifest and attract more when you are in alignment because you are an open vessel ready to receive.
When you are not in alignment because you feel bad or disappointed, it is like putting a kink in the hose that temporarily disallows the goodness to flow into your life. You can never fully cut off your access to good because it is all there just waiting for you to allow it into your experience. Being out of alignment creates distance between you and the things you want. This can interfere with your ability to manifest the transformation of your physical body. When you are in alignment you vibrate higher and this allows you to attract the experience that you want.
7 Alignment Boosters:
There are lots of different ways to get into alignment, but the trick is to figure out what works best for you. Everyone is different and different approaches will work for different people. Here are 7 alignment boosters to get you started.
In a pinch, it is good to have these in your toolbox to raise you vibration and get back into alignment!
What would make you feel better right now.
If you are feeling down and out of alignment the trick is to figure out what would make you feel better right now. Maybe you need some fresh air and should take a walk outside. Yesterday I had a busy day of work at my desk and when I was unable to concentrate I decided to step outside and garden. This was exactly what I needed. It could also be something like pausing to take some deep breaths. Brewing a cup of herbal tea. Turning on some music. Petting your cat. Etc. It is good to have a variety of ways to help you feel better in the moment.
Count Your Blessings
Appreciation is the quickest way to raise your vibration. The book suggests meditating for 15-20 minutes in the morning and then writing an appreciation list with 10-20 things that you are grateful for. I call this counting my blessings. I also count and write my blessings down as a way of practicing positive affirmations.
Appreciation is magical and if you start counting your blessings you will start seeing literal miracles happen in your life. I witnessed a few miracles of my own in the last few months and they started happening when I started counting my blessings.
Love your body Exercise 1.1
Make your alignment a priority
Be aware of your alignment throughout your day.
How do you know if you’re in alignment? It’s simple. If you’re feeling good then you are in alignment. If you’re feeling bad then you are out of alignment.
If you are feeling frustrated, disappointed, or any kind of negative emotion; ask yourself: what do I need to do to get back into alignment?
Try it out: Purchase a journal or notebook dedicated solely to the exercises in this book.
Questions for your journal:
- Is there anything you are frustrated or stressed about right now?
- What are a few things you can do right now that would help you feel better?
- What thoughts can you think right now that feel better to you?
If you are still reading I want to thank you for sticking with it? What do you think? Are you interested or intrigued? When I first heard about Law Of Attraction a few years ago it almost seemed to good to be true. Could it really be that “easy” to manifest my dream life? When I looked online for YouTube videos I got a little overwhelmed and abandoned the whole notion. That was about 6 years ago and I recently tried to give it another chance. So I guess the answer to my question is that it doesn’t happen by doing nothing. The concepts may sound simple, but it takes practice to implement them into your life. Especially if you are like me. I have a tendency to be very skeptical and resistant, but I am trying to keep an open heart and open mind.
Of Course Hula Hooping:
Before we sign off, let’s talk a little bit about Hula Hooping. November will be my 2nd month of just hula hooping for exercise. When I first decided to give up my running, weightlifting, and yoga (in addition to hula hooping), I felt extremely resistant. I was so worried that I would go backwards and lose all of the progress I had worked so hard for. It was hard for me to imagine a reality where I could just have fun hula hooping and still reach my fitness goals.
If you have never tried hula hooping before you really are missing out and you should start today! The biggest barrier for most people is that they don’t have a hula hoop yet, but never fear; we have you covered!
No hula hoop?! No Problem!
See? Once you start thinking about the things that you do want the opportunities slip right into your fingertips!
Here is a hula hoop buying guide just in case you decide that you do want to take the plunge and join the party:
I highly recommend it. Hula hooping has transformed my entire life and I haven’t been doing it very long. Right now I am personally doing a Hula hooping program called Showgirl 2 today was my 2nd day of the program and I could feel every single muscle in my body working hard.
I am convinced that I have found the very best hula hoop instructor around. Please visit Bee Varga’s Hula hooping website for fun courses and a ton of tutorials:
My parting words are: The next time you are feeling bad about the number on the scale; get off the scale and get into alignment!
I think it is my bedtime now. I am tired from my busy day and that killer hoop workout, but I will be back soon!
Until next time,