Spring Detox – in Five Steps

Spring is the in the air in Hong Kong and the Northern Hemisphere. The air is filled with promise and opportunity. We are still having breaks of cooler weather, allowing us to make certain our plans for the brightness and energy of summer sunshine and heat. However, as the sun moves higher in the sky we will need to prepare for the energizing rays that will jumpstart us into a season of speed & activity. So, let us take advantage of this pre-summer season as the perfect

DIET

The easy step is the cleanse the body. By changing our eating habits we can quickly change the way that we interact with the world: improving our energy, sleep and moods. The Whole30 diet outlines a healthy program to eliminate common allergens from the diet. The three main sensitivities include: wheat, dairy and soy. By eating a simple diet that is based on a large portion of vegetables and good sources of protein, you can start to cleanse the body.

SUPPLEMENTS & HERBS

There are some terrific supplements and herbs that can be used to support the organs of elimination during your cleanse. To assist the liver detoxification process try Gold D-Tox for terrific combination of herbs to support the cytochrome p450 process. A gentle, yet effective herb Dandelion acts on many levels: clearing the urinary tract; providing mineral support; and cleansing the liver – take a tsp/day in water each morning. To assist the bowel you can add in a non-offensive probiotic which assist the body with digestion, elimination and immune function as well. Embrace your coconut oil – great for eliminating microbes from the body; decreasing inflammation; improving memory; cleansing the bowel, nourishing the skin and making food taste great. Add a tablespoon or two for great source of fat.

EMOTION

Along with the typical cleanse of the organs it is important that we cleanse our minds as well. On a piece of paper, write a list of the the ideas that you are ready to let go of; take your written list in your hand and repeat:

I’m sorry; please forgive me; I love you

Now, take your list to your yoga class; a meditation class; or another place that is sacred to you. Let go of that list by burying it, ripping into pieces or burning it and leaving it behind.

HOUSE DETOX

Spring cleaning is a time for releasing the piles of unneeded items in your house. Pick one section of you home for a one or two hour session. During each session prepare three bags for your stuff; and ask yourself three simple questions: keep; toss; give-away? Things that you are keeping must fall into three categories: used in the last year; couldn’t live without; ready for use today. These categories will eliminate holding on to things that were once useful and useable. There is no space in our minds for new opportunities when we hold onto the past. There is no space for health when we hold onto illness. There is no place for happiness when we hold on to anger.

CELEBRATE

Finally, find a way to celebrate the changes you have made. Take a long walk in nature; go for a swim in the ocean; or jump on a bicycle. Celebrate yourself for making these changes and becoming a healthier, happier, friendlier person!

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AFTER THE CLEANSE – enjoying the rain

AFTER THE CLEANSE

There is an album of piano music by the composer Eric Satie called, After the Rain. It is a soulful, reflective album. However, throughout the album there is a sense of loss and regret for letting go of the past. It is as if the pianist never really wanted the rain to end.

I feel a tinge of regret for having to let go of what was not working for me: all of my addictions – both physical (caffeine, chocolate, wine) and emotional (anger, jealousy, disappointment). In fact, the idea of not having any “thing” to blame my problems on is quite frankly, terrifying. Our lives, our happiness, our choices are ours. That is what is reassuring about having “things” to blame; they provide a distraction for the reality of choice. Yet, we have a choice in how to react in any situation.

I chose to remove myself from a situation that was not nourishing for my soul. But, the question remains, what is next? Even though I was unhappy where I was, at least I didn’t have the time to analyze why it was that I was unhappy. Now I am revaluating everything. Trying to re-create myself – how tiring!

Isn’t it rather haughty of me to even discuss these “choices” as something that is difficult? As I watched the film, Babies, there were these women raising children in an agrarian society. You thing they were asking, “What should I do with my life?”No, they were living it: nursing babies; making red paint to clean their bodies; preparing food; and spending time with each other.

My Human Design analysis has re-assured me that I am meant do something creative with my life. So, I am putting it out there. I would like to be involved in more creative projects: art, medicine and Cambodia?

So rather than blaming the rain for making us wet, we should blaming ourselves for not enjoying the rain while it is falling.