In the world of yoga instructors, chiropractors and bodywork professionals, "alignment" is a really big deal. When knees twist, shoulders over-rotate and hips pop we get clients in pain.
In emotional and mental terms, being out of alignment means investing energy in tasks and causes that do not support our personal values. You know what your priorities are--family, career growth, spiritual community, causes that speak to your heart. Are these the areas of your life where you spend your time? Instead of working with animal rescue, are you busy taking care of your neighbor's yard? Instead of proposing new ideas to your supervisor, are you knee-deep in a desk full of paperwork chaos? This gap between what feeds your spirit and what eats it away creates a pain every bit as hurtful as that "bum" knee.
When your rotator cuff tears, you go to the doctor. When your heart hurts, ask someone for help. If you are out of alignment you can make choices, big and small, to move back to where and who you are meant to be.