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Challenge: Spring Clean Your Being!

Spring Cleaning

Last updated on February 28th, 2021.

I love springtime!  All of the new life and untapped potential; the wild creativity that stirs within and beneath us as our inner landscape mirrors the Earth’s.  There’s much happening and we can tap into this cycle of the wheel in intentional ways to fully harness all of the goodness in our lives. 

Many of us have already partaken in “spring cleaning” of our homes, garages, files, etc., but what about spring cleaning your being on multiple levels?  During this expansive, magical time, staying grounded and ensuring a solid internal platform from which to blossom your very own metaphorical spring flowers is key to optimal vitality and a sustainable connection to Source so you can manifest all of your wildest desires for the year!

Here are 4 ways to spring clean your being!

1. Sip warm water each morning *bonus to add fresh ginger*

This is a practice that has been adopted and then subsequently revered by many.  Taking water upon arising is essential to re-hydrate your body after a long night’s rest without food or drink.  Warming it is friendlier to the system and encourages digestive fires to ramp back up for the day.  Fresh lemon juice encourages digestion (get that morning poop out of the way and set your day off right!), helps the body’s innate detoxification system, boosts the immune system through a hefty dose of vitamin C and phytonutrients, and reduces inflammation.  Adding some freshly grated ginger to your mug also stimulates digestion and encourages circulatory health.

Practice: Sip warm water with lemon every day for a week and make note of any changes in your physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual bodies!

2. Bitter Greens

When clients ask me, “What should I eat?” I’ll typically tell them to look to Nature for what’s on the menu!  She provides just what our body’s need given the time of year, which is another reason why it’s imperative to work to eat as seasonally as possible.  This time of year, bitter greens such as broccoli rabe, dandelion greens, mustard greens, radicchio, endive, arugula, and more are fresh and abundant.  These amazing and versatile veggies stimulate bile flow from our gallbladders, which is very nice and important considering we spend winter fueling up on more fats overall, leaving this system sufficiently worked.  Bile is made in the liver and stored in the gallbladder and is vital for digesting fats.  In the presence of a fatty meal or whenever bitter tastes are consumed, bile is contracted out of the gallbladder and gets invited to the digestion party.  Ensuring smooth flowing bile and a healthy gallbladder helps to secure digestive health overall, which is in turn, supports the healthiest YOU overall!

 Practice: Purchase a fresh bitter green (bonus if it’s something new to you) and create a dish with it!  Enjoy!

3. Body Brushing

Dry brushing the body is an ancient practice and is hugely advocated in Ayurvedic medicine.  The process is quite simple.  Your brush should be made of natural materials with a long handle so you can reach your back. Start with the soles of your feet and brush up in long strokes towards your heart, avoiding genitals, breasts, and face.  I like doing this prior to my morning shower, although you can do it anytime that works for you.   This is said to support the lymphatic system, the body’s prime defense against pathogenic invaders that wish you ill (pun intended).  This system, composed of tissues, a few organs, and tons of little vessels, is entirely pump-less, meaning it must flow against gravity and is stimulated by movement (especially exercise).  Lymphatic congestion can lead to inflammation and disease. In addition, this practice exfoliates your skin, increases circulation for extra glow and silky smoothness and can also possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Of course all of these benefits are best found when combined with a whole food diet!

Practice: Find a quality brush and get brushing!  A simple Amazon search yields hundreds and you can probably find one at your local drug store.

4. Sweat

Yup.  Get moving!  We all know the benefits well enough by now and the key to reaping them?  MOVE.  Move in ways that delight you, remind you you’re alive, quicken your blood, stimulate your creative life force – and help lymphatic flow.  After the natural inward pull and slow nature of winter, spring beckons us to expand, bloom, and enliven our beings!

Practice: Move.  Just go.

To your absolute best and most radiant spring as you remember your InnerSpark and ignite it for the betterment of your Self and the planet!

December 21, 2021 – February 2, 2022 (The Void Archetype): The Void is a place of formlessness that is in-between worlds. It’s a cocoon, a chrysalis for becoming and potentiality. It is the womb of The Mother. It’s a place of total rest for repairing, healing, restoration, and rejuvenation, before our re-animation. Is it time for you to rest deeply, Dear One? Are you feeling burnt out and unclear? Partner with The Void and re-establish your sacred spiral flow.

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