I think of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum when they are in need of nap. Or a rabbit shaking and quivering fear out of it's nervous system after escaping from a hungry fox. As adults we are conditioned to hold back these primal urges. We stuff down our emotions. Eat them or let them burn within us until they come out in a fit of rage long after we forgot the initial infraction which is the root of the combustion.
A few years back a little while after my breaking free movement began all the heartache, stress, and anxiety I tried to stuff down and ignore regarding that situation came to the surface every single morning around 4-6AM. I was going through A Course in Miracles at the time and during the meditations I would cry not even knowing why I was crying.
Looking back, I see it was just suppressed emotions. No story is needed for why we feel the way we do, because it is purely stored up energy that needs to be moved out to create space for lightness of being and present moment awareness so we can move forward with grace and ease.
These days I like to the keep the tear ducts well maintained and not let energy well up against an internal dam so if I have not been on point with maintaining balance in my life I feel it, stretch with some long holds, and get very still to feel. Then I may lay down and just let myself cry out the stress. Just like a wave in the ocean the energy builds, peaks, and then releases. Then, not thinking anything about it or judging it I smile and go about my day. Normally, I have to shift the energy with some upbeat music and joyful movement. It is one of the most liberating practices I have ever done.
Salt water: Sticking with the theme of emotional cleansing; salt water is extremely healing. Placing your feet in the ocean, a body of water, or even a tub with warm water and sea salts can wash away toxic thoughts and emotions when performed with intention.
Ionic foot baths claim to literally pull toxins out of the body, but studies have shown this to be false...
But, the power of mind is immensely powerful so think of the water washing away anything that no longer serves you.
6. Fasting and Clean Eating
"The best of all medicines is resting and fasting." - Benjamin Franklin
I remember when I first started implementing fasting. I had just started seeing a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica, California. My healing regimen consisted of yoga everyday, meditation for an hour per day, fasting once per week drinking just water for 36 hours, and chanting Om mani padme hum daily.
I hated fasting, because I didn't have energy to do all the things I wanted to do. I think that was the greatest benefit received. I learned how to rest and that everything I wanted to do like save the world didn't have to be accomplished in a single day.
Fasting allows the digestive system to rest. The cells clean themselves out with a process called autophagy when we go about 12-14 hours without food, and the emotional body gets a deep cleanse as you let go of to-dos and outdated belief systems.
Keep in mind, a 24-36 hour water fast is not right for everyone all the time. But, it's right for some people some of the time. ;-)
Other options are intermittent fasting. Closing the eating window to about 8 hours or so and fasting the rest of the day. Skipping breakfast is a popular form of intermittent fasting- only eating between 1PM-8PM or the like. I prefer the Buddhist monk and nun way of intermittent fasting though- not eating after the noon meal. At Vipasssana meditation, a 10 day silent meditation retreat, we eat a simple breakfast of oats and prunes at 6:30AM and robust lunch at 11:30AM and fast for the rest of the day. I find this form of intermittent more sustainable for me, but each person has to access their lifestyle, goals, and needs as intermittent fasting can be a lifestyle or done for a short period of time to facilitate cleansing.
For more on the benefits of fasting and how to get started read this post.
Fasting is an opportune time to reset eating habits and plan a healthy menu for the coming weeks.
Follow these clean eating tips to optimize your reset.
One of the best ways to cleanse your Spirit and every cell in your body is through meditation. Our brains filter input all day long. Meditation not only gives your brain a chance to recoup and process, but also realigns your energy with the power of God.
Click here for more information about how meditation changes your brain.
8. Step into the Unknown, Shake Things Up, and Trust the Process
If you're like me, you love to make plans. But, sometimes the best thing we can do is release control, step into the unknown, do something out of character, and let things unfold.
If you are someone who loves rituals and routines, maybe book a weekend trip and just go with the flow planning your itinerary moment to moment. If you are someone who is always taking care of others treats yourself to a spa day and let yourself be pampered for a change.
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How am I blooming this Spring? How do I choose to grow? What do I need to let go of in order to grow? What actions do I need to take and what support do I need to move into this next season of personal growth?