Spring Fling Creative Cleansing

Spring is a season of dynamic change, re-birth and shaking off any stagnancy left from the winter months. This is reflected by quiet mornings with warm breezes, flowing water, and meting snow.

Every year, I prioritize a spring cleanse to help me leave winter behind and cultivate new growth going into spring. I know most of us here the word cleanse and panic…BUT there is no need. Cleansing, for me, is about taking the reflection of the winter months and acting on it. Generally, this looks like

1– what habits did I take on over the winter that are no longer serving me?

2- What can I cultivate to bring myself to a place of balance?

3- Who can I connect with to keep myself inspired?

4- What do I need right now?

 

Once I’ve done the reflection I can move forward and look at what do I need to support myself with my cleanse. ┬áSometimes this is a cleanse of the cupboard, the clutter in my apartment, or the clothing in my closet that no longer serves me.

Start with a cleanse intention of how long you will be cleansing for (I usually do between 10-30 days) and be realistic with yourself about what you can accomplish.

Generally, I approach cleansing from the lifestyle perspective. I start with limiting my screen time for 30 minutes before bed (VERY challenging for this little worker bee). Then I cultivate space for people who make me feel full and connected and limit my time for draining interactions. I cleanse my environment through different rituals and sometimes a deep cleaning.

If you are wondering about food here is what I suggest;

1- Reflect on the foods you are eating; whats helping or harming you, when do you feel sluggish after meals, etc.

2-Increase the bitter and astringent tastes. Dark leafy greens, spices like tumeric, sprouts and lots of herbs. Sometimes it really is as easy as just eating a cup of greens a day.

3- If you want to go deeper my cleansing ritual includes; leaving processed sugars, gluten, and alcohol/excessive caffeine and I focus on a plant based diet with LOTS of nutrients.

4- Follow the pleasure. If you can’t stand something do not force yourself to eat it. If you are creative in your approach to food there are always alternatives and ways to find deliciousness.

5- Consider adding a bitter tea to your regular diet or a tincture to assist. My favourite are from harmonic arts. I usually just add their liver tonic tincture and cleanse tea to my regular practices.

Happy Cleansing! The first couple days can be a bit challenging but after that you will notice changes in the body, mind and spirit. Feel free to reach out with any questions for me!!

K

Getting Through Winter

These days I feel like a leaf fully encrusted in ice and all of winters fierce conditions. I struggle to break through the ice and snow to reconnect to my rhythm in the natural world. Now is the time to rely on my self care practices to find balance through the sluggish nature of this season.

I mostly rely on adaptability as a self care practice. For instance, every single morning I struggle to get out of bed…I make big plans to get up early to get work done, plan my classes or squeeze in a personal practice and every morning the snooze button gets the better of me. I started to realize that I could have the best of both worlds by waking up at my allotted time but allowing myself to cultivate the cozy by staying in bed to listen to my favourite podcasts, online courses or even to do some course planning. This has been HUGE for me, as I can stay tucked into the sheets while my self discipline grows (usually I end up outta bed much earlier then my snooze would get me up too). I consider this adaptability because I needed to look closely at my habits and make them serve me in a compassionate way.

At this point you may be thinking this lady is brilliant or just plain lazy. Either way, I recommend at this time of year looking into what practices you can find the cozy and where you can find momentum or discipline.

Here are some other winter practices;

  • Take a ritual bath with Dead Sea salts and earth medicine like sage or lavender while surrounded by candles.
  • Practice oil massage using sesame oil as your carrier oil to gently warm the body and use essential oils to soothe the nervous system and boost immunity: lavender, pine, chamomile or rose.
  • Attend a flow class at your local studio or take one online; something to ignite your inner fire and push through stagnation.
  • Add some spice to your food like turmeric or cayenne.
  • Bring the colour yellow into your wardrobe, environment or alter space if you have one.
  • Bundle up and take care of your needs. Rest when you need to, move when you need to and find balance when you need to.
  • Find some time for self- reflection through creative endeavours or journaling.

Although this rhythm of the year in the natural world is used for hibernation, we can still find the means to ignite our inner fires to stay happy, healthy and productive.

May you be free my friends

Free from the cold

Free from shovelling

And free from falling into winters sluggish habits

K