Posted by: Cathy | May 30, 2018

Creative Alignment Check

Many of us are suffering from a “Reality Disorder”: our ideals are not aligned with our day-to-day reality.

It doesn’t matter how you got to this point. You made choices that led to your current reality and you can make choices to change it. We aren’t going to judge and regret the past. We are going to take a Creative Alignment Check and use that to make small changes in the present to better align your future with your ideals.

We’ll do this with three scales: Mind, Body, and Soul.

First, on the left side of a piece of paper, brainstorm some words to describe your day-to-day Mind state (e.g., busy, distracted, overwhelmed, depressed). Opposite those on the right, brainstorm some words you would use to describe your ideal Mind state (e.g., calm, curious, intuitive, wise). Underneath this scale, brainstorm some activities you could do to cultivate more of your ideal Mind state (e.g., take a time-out, take a nap, do a meditation, write down all the thoughts buzzing around your head). Whenever you are experiencing a challenging Mind state, try to do one of your activities to practice moving toward your ideal state. Regularly check-in with yourself to see if you’re operating from the “old” Mind states or practicing more of the ideal Mind states.

Then for Body, we do the same thing. On the left side of a piece of paper, brainstorm some words to describe your day-to-day Body state (e.g., sluggish, tired, bloated, achy). Opposite those on the right, brainstorm some words you would use to describe your ideal Body state (e.g., vibrant, strong, healthy, energized). Underneath this scale, brainstorm some activities you could do to cultivate more of your ideal Body state (e.g., sleep 8 hours each night, eat more vegetables, drink more water, take a walk). Whenever you are experiencing a challenging Body state, try to do one of your activities to practice moving toward your ideal state. Regularly check-in with yourself to see if you’re operating from the “old” Body states or practicing more of the ideal Body states.

Again for Spirit, we do the exercise again. On the left side of a piece of paper, brainstorm some words to describe your day-to-day Spirit state (e.g., unconscious, confused, focusing on lack, unsupported). Opposite those on the right, brainstorm some words you would use to describe your ideal Spirit state (e.g., peaceful, forgiveness, love, harmony). Underneath this scale, brainstorm some activities you could do to cultivate more of your ideal Spirit state (e.g., meditation, yoga, inspirational reading, volunteer work). Whenever you are experiencing a challenging Spirit state, try to do one of your activities to practice moving toward your ideal state. Regularly check-in with yourself to see if you’re operating from the “old” Spirit states or practicing more of the ideal Spirit states.

You can download my Creative Alignment Check e-booklet, which has worksheets for these three exercises. Find it on my downloads page under “Self-Development.”

You can begin to merge your reality to reflect more of your ideals. It takes mindfulness to notice when you are operating from the “old” states so you can make different choices to cultivate the “new”/ideal states. But day by day, moment by moment, you can create new habits and slowly shift to your ideal states. You have the power to build your reality in a new direction by building new habits.

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  1. […] Review my post from May on how to do this, and/or download my Creative Alignment Check e-booklet, which has worksheets for these three exercises. Find it on my downloads page under “Self-Development.” […]


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