I have a bit of a problem with buzzwords and trends that don’t offer the entire picture, but instead use fear-based tactics to sell products or services by getting you to believe there’s something “wrong” with you and that they (not you) have the cure.  I see this a lot with “detoxes” and the various “detox programs.”  The act of detoxing is a necessary and vital one and in fact, your physical body is the most comprehensive, brilliant detoxify machine ever – without the need for smoothies and juices or fasting or colonics for days on end. 

However, yes, these modern-day, trendy detoxes do have a time and place and I have seen them serve as catalysts for people’s continued self-care and health-supportive lifestyles.  “I feel better on this detox!”  Why, of course you do!  Your typical diet of processed food-like-stuff has been suspended and you’re eating Earth-made substances that your body recognizes and craves!  However, all of this aside, no matter how well-intentioned a detox facilitator or detox participant may be, more times than not, it seems that a few crucial elements missing.

As I’ve said time and again (I swear, it’ll be put on my tombstone), you CANNOT jog and kale and smoothie your way to true, joyful, nourishing, ecstatic living.  Simply addressing this very superficial layer of ourselves (our physical bodies and physical environment) is only one piece of the human experience.

So, what’s missing?  Peeling the layers away and diagnosing the state of you entire being and your life on all levels – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual – and honestly assessing where you’re feeling malnourished, stuck, and unhappy.

It’s easier said than done, of course, which is why many get caught at the physical, surface level and can handle the green juice for a day or two before succumbing to their “old ways.”  It’s just enough to “feed” our ego and make ourselves feel as though we’ve “done good” and “changed” and then just enough to scare the same ego back into maintaining the status quo by not continuing with the layer-peeling (or the increased vegetable consumption) on a daily, dedicated basis.

Your allegiance to the status quo, although an outdated and possibly dysfunctional one, is strong.  We fear and resist change, yet we come to realize that eventually the current way is dangerous to us.  This leaves us in an awkward purgatory-like situation wherein we’ve come too far to go back and are still too chicken shit to go all the way through the newly opened door of possibilities that we’ve opened. 

However, now, at this pivotal time in our existence, it’s time to confront what we resist so that we can shift our relationship with it and find the transformation and release that’s desperately needed.  We’re being called to release addictions – addictions surface on all levels as the result of unmet needs.  The needs aren’t being met because we either don’t know we have them (because we’re blinded by the addiction), we’re bypassing them with the addiction, we’ve convinced ourselves the needs are unable to be met and so we numb out continually.  Viscous cycle, anyone?

Your feelings are the answer.  The innate intelligence that exists in your body is your guidance system and the way through that door and out of purgatory, is through this body intelligence and feelings. 

Ways to Detoxify the Poisons From ALL Levels:

Physically: cut the boozing, drugging, consumption of processed food-stuff, the porn, the internet, the television

Emotionally: resist holding grudges; be mindful of times that yield anger, isolating, frustration, sadness, etc. and dig deeper – especially when the reaction may not seem to necessarily fit the triggering situation

Mentally: watch for the addiction to the old stories, which shows itself through hurting all levels; what tracks are on your Mental Body’s “greatest hits” album that you hear daily?

Spiritually: make a daily practice of grounding and shielding exercises, nourishing and supporting the energetic system with modalities like flower essences, and engage in spiritual practices that align with you

Find a way to shift your relationship to the thing from which you’re numbing.  Notice how it sabotages your life and your desires. 

Where do you find yourself feeling frozen in this process?  What are your old go-to’s?  Where can you call bullshit on yourself and release yourself from your own self-imposed prison?  Once you see that you are simultaneously captor, guard, warden, key master, judge, jury – all of it – never again will you feel powerless.  Tune into bodily sensation, notice emotions as they arise, listen to the stories in your mental body, and above all and through it all, stay grounded in the energetic/spiritual for guidance.