3 Ways to Spring clean for your soul
Spring is a traditional time of renewal and rejuvenation. Just how in Fall nature rids itself of the old and makes room for the arrival of new flowers and plants, we too must cleanse ourselves and reinvigorate our sense of well-being. Typically, when we think of Spring cleaning, we think of cleaning the space that surrounds us, but it is necessary to cleanse ourselves internally and mentally as well. We consider self-renewal to be a three-part process involving thought cleansing, internal cleansing, and spatial cleansing, which are different approaches to Spring cleaning that when used together will rejuvenate you for the months to come.
According to Meghan Telpner, an author, speaker, and nutritionist, cleansing your thoughts is best approached in three steps; schedule thought cleansing into your day, tune in to the physical response to your thoughts, and replace old ways of thinking with new ones. When scheduling thought cleansing, Telpner suggests literally blocking out 5-10 minutes of your day for meditation and breathing. The second portion of thought cleansing is recognizing our physical responses to our negative thoughts, such as sweaty palms and stomach knots, and acknowledging that these responses are triggered solely by our minds, and therefore ARE controllable. Telpner suggests training our minds to undo these habitual physical responses and replace them with beneficial thoughts that invoke positive physical responses, similar to the physical responses we experience when we are excited or overjoyed.
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Cleaning the inside of your body plays a major role in not only your physical health but also your emotional and mental well-being. Dr. Michael Cutler, a family physician with over 20 years of experience in internal cleansing practices, proposes 5 different internal cleansing methods that are sure to leave you feeling renewed and rejuvenated: liquid cleanse, fresh juice cleanse, liver cleanse, bowel/parasite cleanse, and infrared heat Suana cleanse. According to Dr. Cutler, a liquid cleanse is done with water or lemonade for a period of 3-10 days, a fresh juice cleanse consists of fresh fruit and vegetable juice for a period of 3-30 days, and both aim to detoxify. Dr. Cutler goes on to explain that a liver cleanse focuses on the consumption of olive oil and lemon juice for roughly 3 hours to rid the liver and gall bladder of bile, the bowel/parasite cleanses help to clear your intestines of parasites, and the Suana cleanse focuses on ridding skin tissues of waste molecules.
**Article Reference: Internal Spring Cleaning
Cleaning out your body and mind can prepare you for a refreshed sense of self, but spatial cleansing offers its own form of meditation and even offers a kick-start to “clean eating”. Spatial cleansing is the act of literally cleaning the space around you (your home). Some rooms that tend to need the most attention, or that receive the most neglect throughout the rest of the year include the garage, basement, closets, attic, and kitchen cabinets/pantry/refrigerator. For the sake of clean eating, let’s focus on the kitchen cabinet, pantry, and refrigerator clean, where the main goal should be checking dates on food items (canned food items especially) and tossing out expired goods. During this time you can also be consciously thinking about your current eating habits and the types of foods that you are keeping in your pantry, cabinets, and refrigerator. Are you buying more frozen/canned food or fresh foods? How is your spice rack stock looking? Are the food items you are purchasing high in preservatives or salts? Observing the food that you have made available in your home will help you to see where improvements can be made. Try keeping a list of items you want to see in your pantry, cabinets, and refrigerator because now you have made more room in these spaces to include healthier food items.