Cleansing is pretty popular these days. For many, including myself years ago, the word cleanse conjures to mind thoughts of deprivation, juices for day, and some extreme kind of Master Cleanse. Cleansing the body is important because we live in a stressed world. Not only do we consume foods that are laden with pesticides, we also have stress in our life, which contributes to toxicity.
Doing a cleanse four times a year during the changing of the seasons is ideal to clean out the toxins that find their way into our bodies, causing metabolism issues, weight gain, headaches, low sex drive, and overall toxicity that can take away from our happiness.
I love cleansing my body, because it cleans out the pipes. Cleansing with all natural, whole foods that are rich in oxygen gives the body exactly what it needs to recharge, rebuild, and regenerate. Cleansing is not and should not be about deprivation. Even with a juice cleanse, you can add steamed vegetables for some extra energy or a pureed raw soup if the juice cleanse is too depleting for you.
Cleansing is really about finding balance and harmony within the body and mind. Eating cleansing foods is vital for your health. This includes items such as juices, smoothies, fruits that are low glycemic and great for flushing the lymph (think: apples, grapefruit, berries, lemons, and limes), leafy greens (like kale, dandelion greens, and parsley), healthy fats (avocado, hemp seeds, and coconut oil), and plant- or animal-based proteins to support the regeneration of cells.
But let’s go a step deeper and talk about cleansing the soul. I used to think detox was just about the food on my plate, but it is about so much more than that. Detox is about removing what does not serve us emotionally as well as physically. Every cell in the body carries both physical and emotional toxicity.
Cleansing the soul is about going within and asking yourself, “What do I really want in this world, and what is stopping me from getting there?’
To release toxins, we must dive deep into the heart. Imagine cleansing the soul like you’re peeling back layers of an onion.
Here are some steps you can take…
- Write your thoughts in a journal. I like to close my eyes and let my hands flow freely, this way the writing is truly from the heart. Do not worry that you cannot read the words as the words are not quite so important when you are writing from the soul.
- Create a vision board. Put pictures, images, and inspirational words on the vision board. This is how you will remind yourself daily of your journey, a reminder to come home to your heart.
- Let go of people, places, and things that are sucking the life out of you. If it feels too scary, set the intention to release, and when the time is right you will be able to let go of this “thing”.
- Take mini breaks. I had to learn how to put myself first, and this was vital for cleansing the soul. It is not selfish to practice self-love. In fact, it is necessary for living a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.
- Create rituals. Make sure to find a place in your home where you can create a place of release. This may be a place where you light a candle or incense or read out of a book like the Four Agreements or A Course In Miracles, or something from Tony Robbins or Pema Chödrön.
Cleansing the soul is about coming back to what has always existed within your body. Allow your feelings to come up as you peel back the layers of your metaphorical onion, and give yourself the space to feel, express, expand, and release.
Use the fall season, a time of change and renewal, to journey deep to the goddess within, and honor her through gentle cleansing and emotional release.