By Jen Heine –
Each new year we are given an opportunity to refresh and renew our outlook on life and the way that we will approach the experiences and events that meet us along the path. Preparing your body to shift, change and harmonize with these challenges of body, mind and spirit requires cleansing.
The Three Aspects of Cleansing
Treat your body as a temple. You have it briefly; it is your vessel (vehicle) for transformation and growth while you are here in physical form.
Hydration – Pure water throughout day aids in the proper distribution of nutrients through the body, giving you needed energy, cleansing and vitality.
Nutrition – Proper nutrition includes organic and non-GMO vegetables, fruits in moderation, protein in balance with your personal needs. Foods and herbs you may want to consider that support cleansing the body include parsley, dandelion root and milk thistle for the liver; osha root and licorice root for the lungs; and celery, cranberries and mushrooms for the kidneys.
Essential oils – Geranium oil may contain cleansing properties when applied topically to the feet alone or with other essential oils, such as oregano, thyme, cinnamon bark, lemongrass, clove, peppermint or lavender.
When you let go of the baggage of thoughts, beliefs and ideas that have accumulated during the previous year, you are able to see and release from beyond that.
Awareness – Notice what arises in your mind throughout the day, connect with a community and a teacher or guide that you are drawn to, to help you along the way.
Patience – Habitual thinking creates reactivity to circumstances. Notice thoughts and relax into seeing how they arise and allow your intuition and awareness to guide you to a natural shift in perspective to release.
Compassion – Accept all that arises with loving-kindness toward yourself and others.
Awaken to and nurture the aliveness of our Being.
Nature – Connect with the earth and nature regularly.
Presence – Allow each moment to present itself.
Play – Shift into a state of joy and play by experiencing the world through your childlike nature. What would you do differently knowing you are just visiting here briefly to experience, learn, sense, enjoy and fully live?
The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult with your doctor before use.
Jen Heine offers free essential oil classes in Palatine. She has a background in nutrition and public health with a focus on natural, holistic self-care and practices for spiritual awakening, www.evolvingstarspirit.com.