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3: Physical Alignment Practices Overview

This series considers the importance of developing that intra- and inter-personal harmony by offering holistic practice considerations. They are intended as regular practices to support being in ‘right-relationship’ with yourself and with others. However, they are not prescriptions so much as offerings from which you may choose, modify or replace as you wish.

The emphasis here is on the interconnected whole that is each of us and that surrounds us. As you read through these, please take time to reflect on how you experience these interconnections to enhance your consciousness.

For an an understanding of the intent and context this blog post, please visit the blog series introduction.


Throughout the millennia of the development of our consciousness and capacity to communicate, many philosophies and religions have considered the body a ‘sacred vessel’ for the soul. While those sentiments often focused on taking care of your physical health, they also propagated the mistaken assumption that our mental and emotional condition are somehow independent from our physical state. As discussed in the Introduction Blog, the mental models we each hold are developed within the social constructs of our community.

In my mid-20’s, I began a journey into athletics, specifically marathons, then Ironman distance triathlons, then ultra-trail and endurance-adventure races, which took me around the world for races and events. Over the more than 20 years of tuning into my physical condition for peak performance, I've developed a keen sense of the impacts of not just what I eat or hydrate properly, but also whether I'm rested and what I'm thinking about and how that impacts my emotions. I began to recognise the ‘bio-feedback’ at work within myself, which was later confirmed through my studies of neuroscience and neurophysiology. My biology (physiology) affects my mental, emotional and spiritual capacity, as do my thoughts and spiritual frame impact my physical capacity. When we engage in one without a full consciousness of the others, we can find ourselves out of alignment.

Putting into place alignment practices for your physiology will take into account your emotional, mental and spiritual frames. It isn't that difficult, however. Whether it’s your fitness activities, what you eat, how well you hydrate or how you maintain flexibility, these are all quite ‘common sense’. The effectiveness is in the detail and depth of understanding and the intentionality, consistency and mindfulness of the practice. This can be a challenge when “just do it” is often interpreted, subconsciously at times, as “just get it done and over with so you can focus on what you’ve been conditioned to feel is more urgent (yet are often less important) matters of life."

The following graphic highlights four Physical Alignment Practices that will be covered in detail in the following four blogs. As mentioned above, what we have learned, and what the systems view of ourselves helps bring to light, is that our body is intimately connected with our mental, emotional and spiritual conditions. Also mentioned above, these are simply practice offerings to consider. Absolutely there are many more – this short list is by no means complete, they are simply reminders and explorations of things that we often do without the necessary intention and consciousness.

Any comments are welcome!


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