Going through a recent move got me thinking about what an ultimate cleanse might look like. In general, participating in cleanses or fasting is not my thing, unless forced into it by a colonoscopy appointment 🙀 and then I go into a mini meltdown because I can’t stand the idea of not eating all day. Somehow I survive and live to see another day!
I also prefer to not substitute a meal with a smoothie because for some reason chewing food (aka masticating) is personally satisfying. Sure I’ll make a healthy vitamin packed smoothie after a morning workout, but I follow it up with eggs and toast!
I do practice intermittent fasting though, and I am aware there is good science backing the benefits of fasting (See here). The best way for me to fast is to eat dinner by 6:00pm and wait 16 hours until my next meal at 10:00am the following day – not too difficult!
I also practice an easy-peasy version of cleansing because I make it a habit of imbibing a morning cleansing tonic*; yet, the ultimate cleanse is still not that. It is not a three day all juice fast; it’s not a colonoscopy and it’s not an enema.
I thought I would be telling you that moving is the ultimate cleanse. It certainly comes close especially since moving involves acute discomfort and changing things up.
I parted ways with books, objects and files I’ve hung onto for years. Did I really need to keep the file on a window blind purchase back in the 80s, or a remodel file from the 90s? How about my resume from 1977? Well I did hang onto one copy!
My husband lovingly calls me a pack rat and can’t believe the things that I accumulated in a 550 sq ft apartment. I try to live a simple and organized life but admit I have a hard time parting with sentimental things. I won’t part with photos, and giving away a book is like giving away a piece of myself. I thought I could never say goodbye to an assortment of eclectic history books I owned, but I won’t have room for them in my future life. I leave it in Higher Power’s hands to get the books to the perfect new owner.
It pains me to see an empty book case but hard decisions had to be made and there’s no looking back:
This is not easy work. The internal examination is the hardest although every time I go through a move, it feels excruciating, grueling and I swear it will be my last! But more than anything else, a move can represent a chance for a fresh start!
I got easily sidetracked when examining what to keep and what to discard. I stopped in my tracks to read a typewritten note to self stuffed in a folder. It was an excerpt from my favorite daily reader, “Courage to Change” (July 8th, page 190). I didn’t even remember it but it struck me like a lightening bolt because it was just what I needed to hear:
“Nature surrounds us with wonderful role models”
1) I’m not the boss of the house
2) Let it begin with me
3) Easy does it
We’ll see how it goes ha ha. 😂.
If I stumble and start to log regrets or need to make amends, I am reminded that at any time I can choose to re-boot my day and adjust my attitudes.
*So, about that dietary cleanse. The morning tonic recipe I found in my old files is made by mixing warm water, lemon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. The lemon is a natural diuretic and detoxifier. The pepper contains a compound called capsaicin, which is a digestive aid and pain reducer. The sea salt helps combat dehydration. The maple syrup adds sweetness but also contains manganese and zinc.
However, I’ve been drinking another version of a morning tonic that energizes my brain, gets my blood pumping and feet moving. I think the ginger and turmeric make all the difference. This recipe is a good guide: Water, lemon Juice, freshly grated ginger, turmeric, pepper (black or cayenne). Whisk together in pan and simmer on stove 5 minutes (I also let it sit and cool for 5 minutes). Strain and sip to heart’s content! Note: After straining, I add a teaspoon of raw local honey to the drink (honey has valuable minerals and amino acids, and relieves allergies).
I came to the conclusion that the ultimate cleanse is a triad covering three different environments:
1. the external
2. the physiological
3. the spiritual
So there we have it – everything we need to do to cleanse our lives! Start with a clean-up/decluttering project (big or small, it does not matter); set aside some time with a favorite daily reader or book of wisdom and engage in detached and loving self examination; wash it all down with a healthy lemon ginger drink!
Do you have a favorite cleanse or ritual that represents a new beginning for you?
Wishing you, my dear faithful readers, a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.