Energy flows where attention goes.
I love this quote. I come back to it over and over again. Whenever I feel like things are out of alignment in any area of my life, I come back to this quote and reflect on where I'm putting my energy and look at ways to bring things back into balance.
When I'm feeling unhealthy and out of shape (and usually a little cash-poor), it's because I'm putting too much energy into dining out and drinking with friends and not enough time on my yoga mat and making food at home.
When I'm feeling burnt out and disconnected from my loved ones, it's because I'm spending too much energy on work and not prioritizing my alone time and my relationships.
When I'm feeling overwhelmed with life, it's because I'm focusing too much energy on the outside world and not enough on what's going on on the inside - body, mind and spirit.
I'm getting better at noticing when these misalignments are happening and the time between noticing and doing something is getting shorter and shorter. I have found that cleansing is one way that brings me back into alignment.
I function best when I have structure in my life: When there's a schedule, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, expectations and boundaries. Carving out time to reconnect to the fundamental process of nourishing my body is like hitting the ReStart button on my life.
For a set amount of time, I abstain for certain things (usually alcohol, sugar, caffeine, TV, dining out, and processed food) and focus on filling the empty space with things that nourish me: Raw, organic foods; homemade meals; yoga; organizing my home life; reading and journaling.
Making the decision to cleanse makes me immediately aware of the patterns in my life... or rather the free-for-all style living that gives me dis-ease. It's usually something like: Waking up late and making coffee, working long, action-packed hours, going out for pizza and beer for dinner (yes, sometimes 2-3 times a week), taking melatonin to balance out the caffeine so I can get to sleep... usually after catching a few episodes of whatever show I'm watching before I pass out on the couch. This pattern gets me through the week, until the weekend hits and I can go out and binge with my friends.
Sure, it sounds like fun (and it is!) and it's definitely not something I plan to give up entirely, but it is important to take a break now and then. And the time for my next break is now!
Cleansing gives me that much-needed chance to reconnect with what nourishes me on a deeper level. It also reminds me of how much I enjoy healthy foods and the feeling I have when I'm truly nourishing myself. It reminds me of what balance feels like. I promised myself this year I would do at least one three-day juice cleanse per quarter. That's a least four a year. I could wait until April, but my gut tells me that now is the time.
So, at the end of this week, I'm starting a 3-Day Juice Cleanse. I won't be making this juice myself and I won't be doing this cleanse alone. My friends at WholeHearted Juice have been on a 10 Day Detox and they are all capping it off with 3 days of just liquid - 100% organic, raw, locally-sourced, cold-pressed juices and nut milks - and I've decided to join them.
Looking back over the last month and noticing the habits I'm slipping back into (regular pints at the Rubicon, impromptu stops at 58 Degrees, a few too many slices of pizza... and not nearly enough yoga...), I realize that a brief pause will help me reconnect with my health and that is exactly what I need right now (especially since baseball season starts up soon and those pints at the Rubicon will become even more frequent...!).
I'm also cleansing because I believe in strength in numbers. As I said, this weekend, the WholeHearted Team will be cleansing together. We've set up a special Facebook Support Group and will also be connecting with other Cleansers via Twitter and Instagram. Having the support of your Tribe is hugely beneficial, and sharing your happy, healthy experience only amplifies the positive results.
I do want to be clear about one thing: Cleansing is not about deprivation. It's consciously abstaining. I actually enjoy the WholeHearted Cleanse because it is pretty substantial. I'll get five (5), 16 oz juices per day plus one (1), 16 oz nut milk (and if I'm 100% honest, then I'll also have some of their SuperHero Coffee™). This is more than enough nutrients for me to feel satisfied even while doing yoga and going for a run.
WholeHearted has also created an awesome Cleanse Guide with information to prepare your mind and body for your Cleanse and it guides you on how to come off your Cleanse in a healthy way. I've done a lot of cleanses... and let me just say: Heed their advice!! It makes a very big difference in how your body reacts to cleansing. Most of our bodies are burdened with too many toxins and the process of detoxing - while VERY beneficial - can be a bit startling if it's your first time. And just remember: This is not permanent, but it'll help bring you back into balance.
I hope you consider joining me! In addition to cleansing, this weekend I plan to get back on my yoga mat, clean my apartment, reflect on things that need some attention, repot my plants, finish reading The BulletProof Diet, and connect with my friends and family.
If you are interested in joining me, then please, send me a text/PM. I'm happy to talk you through the process and share more of my story! I do a lot of work with WholeHearted Juice and in January did a 3-Day Cleanse with them. We are offering a 10% discount if you decide to cleanse this weekend with us or if you are not ready to commit to 3 full days, you can always sign up for just one or two days.
Learn more about it here. Please sign up before Wednesday at midnight for this weekend's Cleanse!
Much love to you,
Jennifer Skondin has 15 years of experience specializing in marketing, communications and PR. In 2008 she re-discovered yoga and turned her attention and energy to teaching yoga and helping yoga studios and teachers find success through marketing and outreach.
She has worked with more than a dozen yoga teachers and studios. She has served on the board of directors for a yoga non-profit, worked as marketing director for sever multi-location yoga centers, has coached one-on-one with several yoga studio owners and teachers, produced a yoga festival, and more.