Exercise in the Vortex
Is your workout working out for you?
If you’re not exercising in the vortex, you’d be better off surfing the couch instead.
Those who are familiar with Abraham’s work know that being “in the vortex” is how we get what we want.
It’s their analogy for alignment, which simply means being vibrationally aligned to what we want. That’s what allows it to manifest.
When it comes to exercise, a lot of people forget (or don’t even know) how important the alignment piece is.
That means we pay attention to the energy we’re flowing instead of just taking the action.
This is the deal: if you take action before getting your energy lined up, your action is pointless. A total waste of time.
And we wouldn’t want to waste exercise time, right?!
While it’s true that sometimes taking the action is what creates the alignment, let’s make sure your exercise routine is truly serving you.
How do you know whether you’re exercising in the vortex or not?
- If it doesn’t feel good to you – before during and after – you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
- If you dread workouts and are only glad when they’re over with, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
- If you don’t enjoy the time spent working out, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
- If you only exercise because you think you “should,” you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
- If you exercise because you’re trying to change something you don’t like about your body, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
- If you feel resentful that you have to exercise to get (or stay) healthy, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
- If you’re working out to get someone off your back, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
- If you’re exercising out of fear of what might happen if you don’t, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
- If you work out to avoid feeling guilty, you’re probably not exercising in the vortex.
In short, if you’re not experiencing significant amounts of joy and appreciation in your workouts, you’re going to have a much better time (and results) when you start exercising in the vortex.
So what does that look like?
It’s simple: do what feels good.
Your body will tell you what it wants – that’s a good head start in making sure you’re exercising in the vortex.
If you’re exhausted and have to drag yourself to the gym each week – your body is giving you a sign. Honor it. (It may be that what it really needs in order to thrive is a nap!)
If treadmills aren’t your thing, listen for what your body would prefer. Maybe it’s a dance class or yoga. Or if your friend keeps dragging you to zumba when you’d rather be in ninja training, do whatever is easiest to enjoy!
Set yourself up for maximum enjoyment by knowing yourself and what your preferred style is: group or solo? Indoors or outdoors? Home or public gym?
You can also bring a core value to the gig to ensure a good time. (Since nature is one of my values, I know that anything I do under the sky, along a creek or among trees is guaranteed enjoyable.)
Ask yourself what would be fun, and let that be what you lead with.
Also, let your body tell you how much and how long it enjoys it. Sometimes we ruin a perfectly good workout simply by overdoing it.
Set an intention before you start exercising to make sure you’re lined up with what you want. It could be as short and sweet as “enhance my physical well being.” Or “enjoy moving my body.” “Stretch myself physically.” “Love my body more than ever.” “Help my body thrive.” A little intention at the top goes a long way.
Get a hot trainer. Just sayin’.
Check your “why.” Why are you exercising in the first place? Doing it out of a “should” or “supposed to” isn’t the most fabulous energy to bring to the workout. Plugging into a more powerful reason can turnaround your experience of getting physical.
Let exercise be something you choose, rather than what you force yourself to do it. It’s hard to enjoy anything that’s a “have to.”
(You might think you would never opt in for exercise if it were really up to you – but you could be surprised. Once we let it be optional, it’s super easy to hear our bodies call for some sort of movement. And it really can be a good time to “work out” when we follow these vortex guidelines.)
The bottom line is this: the best exercise we could engage is what we would do for fun, not just for results.
If you don’t enjoy it or can’t find a way to, you may as well skip it and find some other way to have a good time. Because the best way to get whatever we want is to feel good (i.e. get in the vortex)!
What are your tips for exercising in the vortex?