Spring Cleaning Body and Soul

Spring is a great time to clean and not only because the spiders are particularly active with their cobweb production. Spring is a time of renewal. In my garden the bulbs are blooming, the perennials are breaking through the ground, and the trees are blossoming ready to set new fruit. With that potential for growth is also an opportunity to let go of what is no longer useful. You know that old saying, “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 a little spring-cleaning. Clean out some of your stuff (donate it or give it to someone who will love it) and say goodbye to your past and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future. Don’t stop with the physical though—try on these three ideas as well:
1. One thing I’ve learned is 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 for mental and physical health.

2. So spring clean your body as well! Give it a break from rich and complicated foods by eating “clean” for a week or three. Clean foods are simply foods that are whole, unprocessed and non-allergenic. Avoid sugar, alcohol, refined flour, dairy products and focus instead on fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains and/or organic lean proteins. Cleansing in this simple way can bring improved immune function, better digestion as well as greater awareness and insight.

3. 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. Forgiveness and gratitude allow for a clean, open heart. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.

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