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Part 3: Revive the Spirit: The Benefits of a Spiritual Cleanse

 
To us this is the hardest part. Why? It is not just about watching what you eat, although that is a challenge, or finding forgiveness for yourself and others, a task that can take a lifetime, it is about seeing the bigger picture. To constantly be pushing beyond the limits of your vision, your perspective, and most importantly, and probably the most difficult part, to TRUST the unknown. 
Often we feel like grains of sands balancing on a scale, the lightest shift in weight and we can easily become unbalanced. The task is to be more like the scale, the one who holds the balance of a life that is, at its essence, unpredictable. 
 
To be able to take that leap of faith into the unknown. Without that leap, nothing happens. Ships are not meant to stay in harbors, they are meant to explore everything the sea has to offer.
There is a great poem by Antonio Machado that goes…
Mankind owns four things
That are no good at sea:
Rudder, anchor, oars,
And the fear of going down.
Fear. This is not an easy thing to overcome. So don’t. Just live with it. At Rejuice we subscribe to the 80/20 rule in all things. Perfection is a trap. You learn to walk by falling down. You are allowed to indulge, you are welcome to take that nap, to eat a piece of cake, to scream if you need to, what we wish for you, for us, is the courage to be afraid and do it anyways. To TRUST that there is something greater than our own needs, our balancing acts. That at the heart of our green revolution is LOVE.
 
Grasp it. Hold on to it. It is all there for you. You are that pure energy. You are a force of nature.  
Suggested Steps to Revive!
What follows are practices. Do them each day, each hour, each minute if that is what it takes. The only way to discover which practices work for you is to do them. 
Meditation. Meditation, prayer or contemplation is an important part of any spiritual tradition. It is the time to turn your focus inward while simultaneously expanding your consciousness beyond a sense of ‘self’ that encompasses everyone and everything.  
Self-awareness. You can use meditation to become self-aware, but on a daily basis, the way you think, speak and act is important to recognize. Your sense of self is often defined by how other people treat you – yet this is not the real you! The real you – the soul, or higher self – can never be ugly, unlovable, stupid, unwanted, etc. When you’re aware of how you think and speak about yourself, you will be amazed at how your thoughts and language center on separateness instead of oneness.
Become non-attached. Don’t mistake non-attachment for not caring and not loving. You can love unconditionally, and care deeply, without the neediness that comes with being attached to something. Attachment causes suffering because you fear loss. Remember, while nothing physical is permanent, consciousness is. Imagine loving something without “owning” it. Imagine a never-ending bond between you and someone you love, whether you are in physical proximity of each other or not.
Accept change. Everything is changing constantly. Nothing will ever be as it was a moment ago. Don’t assume that change is bad. Things change, and how you perceive them determines whether you see them as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Set your intentions on seeing good; feeling good; experiencing good.
Be curious and see the world from multiple perspectives. Look at the world with the curious eyes of a child – who does not judge or criticize, but who sees the good and the wonder in everything. Delight in your creations and in the creations of others. See the blessings in every difficulty and the joys in every sorrow. See “what is” from other points of view that will open your mind.
Be present-focused; be here, now, instead of allowing life to pass you by while your thoughts are stuck in the past or wandering in the future. NOW is when you create your future!  
We shall not cease from our exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started 
And know the place for the first time
-- T.S Eliot
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Suggested steps comes from http://www.loveorabove.com/blog/spiritual-growth/

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Renew, Recharge, Revive into Spring : A 3 Part Series on Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit!

 

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[1], 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! 
Magic? 
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. 
Cleanse anger
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. 
Cleanse guilt
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.
Cleanse self-criticism
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.
Develop resources
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
#beHappybeHealthy
[1] 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/
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