Lisa A. Kramer

Author, Speaker, Theater Artist, Creativity Facilitator

Cleansing Body and Mind

After a summer where I gained weight rather than losing, partially because of a diet that consisted (through no choice of my own) largely of processed food, we decided to get things off to a fresh start beginning with a 48 cleanse.

48 hours later, and I feel . . . well a little less BLURGH! so I guess that's an improvement.

[caption id="attachment_7018" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The feeling of "blurgh" The feeling of "blurgh"[/caption]

Now I just need to take my so-called cleaner body and feed it with more care, as well as more exercise.

But that isn't enough. Over the past 48 hours my mind has been battling all the good things its learned over the summer, or during the journey home. Suddenly my sleep is disturbed by middle of the night insomnia, my dreams are bizarre journeys of searching and never finding, my doubts about . . . well . . . everything . . . loom large.

I don't want that. It's time for a cleansing of the mind. The only thing is, I'm not sure how to do this.  I need a plan of sorts. Not a restrictive one, but some guidelines, because I believe that its important for me to be able to go with the flow.

Andra Watkins, over at The Accidental Cootchie Mama did a "Digital Detox Lite" where she limited her time online to two hours a day. That must be one of my first steps. While technical difficulties limited my access in Iowa, it was never an intentional commitment to stay off-line (and I burned up my minutes on my phone as a replacement). I need to make a conscious choice about how I use my time, and ween myself off the crutch of social media.

I can do that.

What else can I do?
  • Go out for long walks
  • spend some time each day just being quiet
  • journal more, in my own private journal not on my blog
  • stop myself every time a doubt enters my brain and reflect on why it is happening
  • eat with awareness, and enjoy my food slowly
  • zentangle
  • ????
[caption id="attachment_7019" align="aligncenter" width="294"]Cleansing the Mind Cleansing the Mind[/caption]

What would you do to help cleanse your mind? I would really love some suggestions.