There's a tangible relationship between the life we desire and the clutter in our life. Manifestation requires movement, movement requires space, and space requires the absence of blockages. The blockages in our life come in many forms and can be found everywhere—in our body, home, mind, social circle, and workplace.
Here are some detoxes that I carry out on a regular basis and encourage you to try out as well:
1. Take a break from technology.
Sure, living in a connected world has its perks, but there's the flip side, too. We're often not present in the moment, because we're lost in screens. Self-awareness is as important to our health as organic broccoli in order to stay grounded, centered and real. You don't have to quit technology for a week in order to reap the benefits of decreasing your digital hours. Try a mini-tech detox: can you switch off your phone during dinner time? Maybe for 24 hours during the weekend? Try a few variations to see which one gives you the biggest boost and works best with your life.
2. Detox your vocabulary.
As the saying goes: Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Words are powerful and shape our present and future. Fortunately, with a little self-love and awareness we can cleanse our vocabulary to release self-destructive thoughts and beliefs. Speaking in absolutes like always and never (I've never been good with money or I always forget things) are subtle but powerful ways that keep us stuck in a rut. I'm becoming increasingly mindful of the words I speak, to myself and to others.
3. Do a friend-detox.
Ah yes, relationships can be a source of toxicity, too! Ask yourself if the people you’re surrounded by are really supportive of your true nature. If you feel uncomfortable being yourself with someone, if there are power games or taunts or jabs, then perhaps it’s time to do a relationship-detox. I began this process about four years ago and now I only surround myself with people who accept me unconditionally. There are some unhealthy relationships in my life over which I have no control over (we all have those). My suggestion? Limit your time with these people to a minimum. Life is too short to waste on people who don't have your back.
4. Detox your emotions.
Another source of toxicity is our bottled-up emotions: the anger, hurt, and pain that we don't allow ourselves to express freely. We live in a world in which feeling is looked down upon, but without feeling we have no access to our internal guidance system. Crying is a great catharsis and lightens our load significantly. Tears, of joy, gratitude, pain or sadness are important tools in helping us get through situations rather than around them. Giving ourselves permission to cry also makes us more compassionate towards others, giving them the space to cry and cleanse when they need to.
5. Declutter your home.
An unhealthy attachment to things or people can get us stuck in more ways than we realize. Old jewelry that might be bogging us down, clothes that we hope to fit into someday, papers from a failed business venture, old records or jerseys that remind us of a certain happy time. According to Feng Shui, clutter not only takes up physical space, but it drains us of our vitality too. Clean out one section of your house and see if you feel a difference in that room's energy (and yours).
What about you? What are some of your favorite ways to detox?