At Rejuice, we believe that a healthy lifestyle incorporates all three elements – body, mind, and spirit. In fact, you can down as much green juice as you like, be able to arm balance like a Yogi, but if you live in a state of fear, anger, and sadness more than you embrace this one beautiful life you are given, then you are not reaping all the benefits from your otherwise healthy lifestyle.
It is with this in mind that we begin our 3 part cleansing series with tips to emotionally cleanse and heal from the inside out.
Part 1: Renew the Mind: The Benefits of an Emotional Cleanse.
It is now a well-known scientific fact that a placebo like a sugar pill can put a person into a deep sleep as effectively as a tranquilizer, if that person “thinks” they are getting the real thing. And research studies also reveal the link between anger and heart disease, and the role that emotions play in a person’s recovery. What all this adds up to is that our bodies are print outs of our minds. And what we think and feel is just as, if not more important than, what we consume. Take a simple example : If you bite into a lemon, the juice instantly makes your mouth water as salivary glands under your tongue start secreting enzymes and triggering digestion. But what happens if you just visualize a lemon? Scientists checked this out and found that the same salivary enzymes are produced, even though there is nothing to digest!
Nope – it's the power of our minds!
The bottom line is this, the messages sent from the brain are more important than the physical presence of food or a pill. And every thought we think is being translated in our biology. According to Dr. Madan Bali, PhD, “The intelligence of the body expresses itself in only two ways - thought or molecule. Like the thought of fear that creates stress hormones, likewise feelings of happiness can create a happy or healing molecule.”
So the million dollar question is this “What is on your mind?” What kinds of thoughts consume you – is it worry, anxiety, frustration, grief, anger? For most of us, the bad thoughts outweigh the good. Being stressed, sad, or angry is a normal part of life, and it is healthy to feel the full spectrum of emotions. Every one of us reels from emotional stress from time to time. It’s when emotions go unchecked that mental, and even physical, problems can arise.
After a long, hard winter it feels great to release any pent up emotions or frustrations that may have accumulated along with the snow, or perhaps it is time for you to release grudges, heal friendships, and find forgiveness. In the spirit of spring cleaning, here are our favourite methods (from Natural News writer Mike Bundrant) that can get rid of the clutter of old wounds, dust off those hurt feelings, and reveal your inner glow, that warm renewing light, the kind that comes from finding true peace within.
Recipe for an Emotional Cleanse
The recipe will call to mind specific people and events and ask you to take certain actions, always erring on the mature expression of your emotions, rather than an immature expression.
Identify the people at whom you are angry. Once identified, the recipe calls for you to write down the mature expression of your issue (not the immature one). Once you are clear on your adult position on the issue, the road forward will be obvious.
Identify people you have wronged and of whom you need to ask forgiveness. Identify specifically what you did or how you acted poorly toward each person and what, if any, restitution you feel is appropriate. Make plans to act on your insights.
Cleanse negative memories you are holding onto
Write a list of negative memories that still bother you. Once you have your list, review each memory completely and from a distance. Imagine you are viewing the memory as a neutral observer from a safe and comfortable distance. Ask yourself what there is to learn from each memory. Record your thoughts.
Notice the specific words you use to criticize yourself. Take a paper and pencil and write the words self-criticism at the top. Then, write down all the phrases the come to mind that you use to beat yourself up. Don't censor yourself. Review each phrase, curious about its origins. Next, completely clear your mind by listening passively but intently to some mundane sound in your immediate environment (the sound of a refrigerator motor, a fan, the hum of your computer of the distant traffic). Once you are settled and clear, throw the paper away.
Finally, immerse yourself in a positive memory, seeing what you saw at the time, hearing what you heard and feeling what you felt. Imagine many, many more of these positive memories being scattered into your future. By ending on a positive note and casting positivity into your future, you set the stage for good things to come. Positive expectations and optimism are linked to health and longevity.
The moral of the story: Take charge of your emotional health. Consciously process your emotions. Don't allow stress to dictate your state of being. When this happens, your mind and body become a habitat in which disease is more likely to flourish. This is a proven fact.
If you cannot complete the emotional cleanse on your own, get some help and support in the process. It is that important.
Stay tuned for Part 2: Recharge the Body: The Benefits of a Physical Cleanse
 One Harvard study of 1,305 men with an average age of 62 revealed that the angriest men were three times more likely to develop heart disease than the most placid ones.
Mike Bundrant is co-founder of the iNLP Center and host of Mental Health Exposed, a Natural News Radio program.
Dr.Bali can be found at http://yogabliss.ca/