Reflections and Self Discovery

 




Porridge for dinner. It was a sign that someone was ready for purging the following day. 

When I was in India receiving ayurvedic panchakarma treatment, there was a day of total purging called virechana. It's recommended that everyone do this once a year. I received something to make me eliminate physically, but there was a mental component too. It was an opportunity to cleanse my mental and emotional self. Releasing habits and impressions that I had carried in my system. Sometimes our bodies hold on to things which no longer serve us and it's good to get rid of them. 

You'll be happy to know that you don't have to travel all the way to India to work through your emotions. And you can do it without the total physical purge. Though if you want to do a detox, this is a weekend ayurvedic detox you can try. Here's a list of the kinds of things you might want to release: failed relationships, unkindnesss towards anyone, issues with people from the past, anger jealousy, discontentment and lies. Forgive anyone who has done anything to you. 

Here's a mantra to use during 20 minutes of quiet or meditation. If you can't sit still and focus on this phrase, feel free to walk and repeat it as you step, focusing on the intention. I AM GOING TO FLUSH OUT ALL THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS, THOUGHTS, AND ENERGIES FROM MY BODY. 

After 20 minutes of meditation, here are some writing prompts to do in a journal. It's a good idea to keep these in a place you can revisit.  If you do this once a year, you will be reminded of how much you've grown. Or maybe you'll see where you are not making progress and can work harder with the help of an expert or a course in that area. 

  • Am I taking anything for granted?
  • Am I employing a healthy perspective?
  • Am I living true to myself?
  • Am I waking up ready to take on the day?
  • Am I thinking positive thoughts?
  • Am I putting enough effort into my relationships?
  • Am I taking care of myself physically?
  • Am I letting things out of my control stress me out?
  • Am I achieving goals that I've set for myself?
Once you've answered these questions, make a list of 30 things that make you smile. 

This is a good exercise to do now as we head out of 2020. For many it has been a difficult year. Set some positive intentions and goals for 2021.

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