The idea of detox is very popular these days, and it's true that getting old crap out of the body is an important part of your health picture. I often hear people say they're doing a cleanse, or taking herbs for their liver, but few people are aware of the role of lymph in ridding the body of naturally occurring waste products.
Check out the latest "Things I Think Are Great" video. It's less than 3 minutes long and you'll walk away with the foundation of a powerful detoxification practice.
Dry Brushes for Detox
Here's some examples of the styles of dry brushes that I like to use... (there's lots out there and honestly I haven't noticed a ton of difference between brands.)
You want to make sure you get one with bristles that aren't too hard, but also not too wimpy soft; those are the main problems that I've found.
One of the truths of this life is that no one is getting out alive.
Another important lesson is that ultimately, the only real Truth (or "Truth" with a capital T" as I like to call it) is "that which does not change."
Think about that for a moment. What in your life does not change?
Bodies change, seasons change, things grow and decay, emotions change with the drop of a hat and thoughts change faster than we can follow them.
At the core of every human being however, there is an aspect that does not change. It's that part that rests below the surface, the part of us to which nothing has ever happened. Call it Consciousness, Soul, Higher Self, Divine Spark, God or the Universe, this un-changing Truth is at the core of human experience.
When a person is born we rejoice, and when they're married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing has happened.- Margaret Mead
Thinking today about the physical death of a dear spiritual teacher I receive another lesson.
An important question is, "Where am I placing my reference point?" "What do I choose to identify with."
When we identify with the Outer Self, or changing day to day life events, circumstances and opinions, we are tossed about in a tremendous sea of ups and downs. Our reference point is always changing. Today I'm good because I accomplished this. Tuesday was great because I did something my family was happy with. Today I avoided gluten, dairy and sugar and I feel great; I'm doing good.
Each of those "up waves" has a "down wave" counterpart. Today I suck because I only got two things done on my to do list. Tuesday was terrible because my decision disappointed my friend. Today I'm falling short because I ate junk food and feel like crap; I should know better. It's very difficult to cultivate a healthy body, mind or spiritual path when our reference point has us riding the waves.
No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.- C.S. Lewis
When we plant our reference point of identity and worth in our inner world, on that Truth that never changes, we have a lighthouse for our journey. Although things get cloudy, busy, emotional, etc. when we stop to check our reference point, it's always there, and we can stand on it.
We still strive to achieve in the outer world, cultivate harmonious relationships, take care of our health and bodies, but we do so with the knowing that we are skillfully playing an outer game, not as if our identity depends on it.
She was no longer wresting with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts. - George Eliot
We can also cling to this reference point when people physically die and leave this world.
When our reference point is on "that which does not change" we may feel the emotions of loss or grief but they move through us while we stay steady, experiencing emotions without riding them as waves. The essence of those we love and are connected to is that unchanging mystery wearing different masks. No One and No Thing is ever really gone when they are held in our hearts and we carry the gifts others have given us into our own lives.
May we plant our reference point on Truth.
May we see through the noise and distractions of the outer world.
May we turn towards what matters and
Have the discrimination to know the difference.
Happy Leap Day!
In terms of a productive, soul aligned life, taking the leap into a new habit or routine is part of the spark we need to ignite the transformation we desire.
Another, arguably just as important part is developing consistent habits over time. This is the foundation on which true life and personal mastery rests.
In the vedic tradition, we talk about samskaras and vasanas, or the karmic habits, and related cravings that shape our behavior. Often these are mostly unconscious and therefore take effort and awareness to begin to affect. Without that effort and awareness, they are like grooves in which we just keep gliding right along......
...doing what we've always done and getting the results we've always gotten.
Some old habits are like lines drawn in the sand, so they can be overcome and changed with relative ease. Some grooves are like lines dug into the earth, they are deeper and more substantial, but with effort and time can be altered. Our toughest habits are the third kind, those that are grooves etched in stone. The pattern is so deep and well worn it seems like it's "just who I am" and making changes can feel like an uphill battle.
The good news is that if you've ever seen a waterfall or picked up a pebble from the ocean, you know that there is nothing like the power of patient persistence.
Even a drop of water will eventually wear a hole through stone.
Limiting beliefs are part of the picture and part of my work is to help you release these from your system so you have more freedom and ease in living life as you really feel called to.
Another important key is what we do in our daily lives consistently and I love using practical tools and technology to support inner work.
Something I use in my own life, whether if it's for a new routine, learning a language or creating a new habit, are reminders and apps that help keep me on track and motivated.
and I recommend you check it out to see what might fit for you.
Apps like 21 Habit ask you to put your money where your intention is and you get a dollar of your initial $21 investment each time you keep your daily commitment. Any day you miss, that $1 gets donated to one of several charities.
Good Habits is another app with a calendar app that lets you see your progress so you can build and keep momentum by not breaking the chain.
We are what we consistently do and you don't have to do it alone.
I hope you've found these tools useful and fun! Each brick we put into place contributes to the strong foundation for our lives.
Wishing you great health, love and Qi!
ps. Do you have a tip or tool that you use to help form great habits? I'd love to share it. Please leave a note in the comments below or on our Facebook page. You might share just what someone else needs to hear.