We are fully into spring and so many of my clients and students are telling me that this time of year is conducive to cleaning their houses. The winter is over, new energy come with spring so they want to get rid of the ‘stuff’ that has been accumulating. Also, they want to get their bodies ready for summer. I found this wonderful article on line and thought it was the perfect thing to share.
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. – Jan Glidewell
Spring Clean Your Home, Your Body and your Heart
People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future. Try these three ideas:
1. For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our physical homes and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.
2. To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods simplifying your diet for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables. Limit most foods and drink lots of water, blend fresh vegetable and fruit juices, drink herbal teas and make some healthy vegetable soups. You can add some protein powder to the veggie and fruit blends. And without much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion. Do this a couple of days a month and you will notice a big difference in your energy level.
3. And last but not least, while you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring-clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.
I am starting my spring cleaning now, how about you?