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My 28-Day Mind and Body Detox

Happy New Year!!

Matt and I are beginning a 28-day cleanse today that will last through the month of January 2012. Some of you followed our cleanse last year.  This year will be similar, but I will also be focusing on a more spiritual detox in additional to the physical one.

Physical Body Detox

We’ll be using the Clean method to create our daily menus, supplements and physical activity.  We’ve looked at a few others, but found that this one works best for us.

If you’re thinking about a cleanse or detox, my advice is to peruse a few different options and then settle on one.  Make sure it is something you can follow through on, and one that is healthy.

But otherwise, don’t think too much about it – just do it.  You can always modify slightly along the way to better fit your needs, goals and lifestyle.  And no matter what cleanse you do, you’re going to be more detoxed at the end than you were at the beginning!

At the least, a physical cleanse focuses on what you put in your body in order to allow your body to better detoxify.  In addition, may focus on supplements, physical activity, sweating, hot-cold baths, skin brushing and more.  Try as much as feels comfortable, and add on as you go if you start feeling more comfortable.

If you’re interested in how we did the Clean cleanse last year, follow my nearly daily posts beginning here.  If you want to try a few other books, you might check out:

It’s your body, your program.  Do what feels good to you.

Mental and Spiritual Detox

In addition to the physical body detox, I’ll be working on a mental and spiritual detox this year.  What does that mean? Well, honestly I’m going to find out as I go!  Based on my 2012 goals, here’s where I’m starting…

Classes

I’m going to begin by taking a few classes at local yoga studios:

  • A weekend intensive Intro to Pranayama Series
  • A weekly Pranayama Series
  • An Introduction to Meditation Series
  • A Sangha Meditation Series

In addition, I will probably drop in on a few yoga nidra classes, as well as warm yoga classes.

Walking Meditation

As you probably know, I walk to work every day – about 3 miles of walking in total.  When I was at Miraval in December, I took a class on breath walking.  I won’t say it’s as powerful as guided sitting or laying meditation, but it is certainly helpful to slow my blood pressure and clear my mind!

So I’ll be doing that regularly, either to or from work – or both.

Reading

I’m currently reading Wherever You Go, There You Are.  I believe a couple of you recommended it to me a year ago, and it has come up since then several times.  So finally I’m taking the hint!  :)

I’m also thinking about reading Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.  I’ve heard good things about the author and it looks right in line with my cleanse.

Writing

As you saw in my Plans for 2012, my goal is to write regularly again.  I had a breakthrough yesterday that writing, cleansing and positive personal change go hand-in-hand!  So now I have a bigger reason to write.

So my goal is to work up to daily writing again.  That could mean a blog post here, a blog post at my professional blog, a journal entry, or just jotting down some profound thoughts on a napkin.

What Do You Think?

Anyone have ideas for good books/activities I should try?

Or… Have you done this before? Do you think I’m nuts?

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8 comments to My 28-Day Mind and Body Detox

  • I think this sounds wonderful! Wherever You Go is one of my favorite books of all time….it changes everything! I did a version of the Clean cleanse and felt really great, and have been thinking its about time to do it again. Thanks for the inspiration and happy new year!

  • Thanks, Lisa – great to hear that the Clean cleanse worked for you. “Wherever you go there you are” is a lovely book. Here’s to a wonderful de-toxified new year! :)

  • Katrina

    I recommend reading Pema Chodron’s _When Things Fall Apart_. Inspiring and practical life lessons, centered around Buddhist philosophy. She’s wonderful.

  • Katrina

    Also; a precaution: I made some juices with wonderful, fresh, organic veggies from my garden, but after drinking one that had a high concentration of beet juice in it, I learned from experience that beet juice is an intense liver detoxifier and can lead to nausea and vomiting–side effects that I was surprised to experience. I learned my lesson. Keep the beet juice to 25% of the content (or less) and keep the volume of it low.

  • I just stumbled upon your blog, and I love it! I really appreciate your holistic approach to the cleanse. I’m especially interested in the walking meditation. I love walking, and find it meditative in a general way, and I’d be interested in looking into this more. Curious about the “breath walking” practice.

  • [...] the last few years, I’ve hinted at some changes. We went on a juice cleanse. And another. I started meditating and doing yoga, and having regular medical massages. I stopped eating [...]

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