How often do you wash your body, brush your teeth, floss, or get your haircut? How often do you consciously cleanse your liver, stomach, small intestine, spleen, your blood and so on? What is visible to us is often what we take good care of yet what is behind the scenes, in the closet, out of sight becomes less of a priority. Interesting, isn’t it? What I love about cleansing is the conscious connection that is created between what we put into our body and how we feel (mentally, physically and emotionally). This concept translates into absolutely everything in our lives; our environment, thoughts, emotions and then manifests as our life. The age-old saying, “How you do anything is how you do everything” invites mindfulness at every turn, from how we make our bed, greet a stranger and eat our lunch. As you begin to cleanse the body you may notice things getting stirred up mentally, emotionally and energetically too. This is normal. We cannot separate the mind and body. Old wounds or grievances may surface; anger, sadness, fatigue-anything at all that is stored in the body (and we store everything that is undigested in the body, from toxins to emotions and experiences). To support yourself with your holistic cleanse here are some of my suggestions:
- Daily meditation. The practice of meditation has the purpose of clearing out the subconscious garbage of our mind. Sitting quietly focussing on the breath may possibly be one of the most challenging things for us to do because there is nowhere to go and we are left with the constant chatter of the mind (and once in awhile a moment or two of no-thing). A daily practice, even if it is just 5-10 minutes has great value in establishing a relaxed state and releasing the build up of mental toxins.
- Unplug. Are you addicted to checking your phone or e-mails? Addicted to talking, texting or tweeting? Perhaps you wouldn’t say you have an addiction but can you imagine a day or more without being plugged in to anything electronic? So much of our mind gets cluttered up with external stimulation, information and advertising. We are literally consumed by technology and information daily. During your cleanse, unplug. See how much time opens up for you in a day and how you feel without being on call 24/7. If this brings up stress or anxiety for you may very well have an unhealthy relationship to your gidgets and gadgets.
- Journal. Journaling is a fantastic way to clear out mental clutter and also gives you a voice to express anything that you’re feeling. Get a notebook, pen and timer. Choose how long you would like to journal for and set your timer (I would suggest 5-10 minutes). Write continuously without lifting the pen from the page. Don’t think too much about what you’re writing, just let your thoughts flow onto the page even if they don’t make sense. You will begin to lighten up mentally and emotionally!
- Spring clean! Yep, good old-fashioned cleaning of your home will make you feel great! Once you are done, smudge your space to clear out any old energy. You can do this with sage or any natural incense that you love. Mindfully walk through your home and direct the smoke into the corners and throughout the room to cleanse the environment.
- Relaxation. The antidote to stress is conscious relaxation. In Yoga we call this savasana or corpse pose. Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep is another deeply relaxing practice (you will need the use of a CD for this). Take some time everyday to lie down on your back on a firm surface with palms facing up and legs about 18 inches apart. Close your eyes and take slow, calm and steady abdominal breaths in and out through your nose. That’s it! Continue this for some time until you feel incredibly relaxed and peaceful.