Magical Detox

Magic Detox

I made a huge proclamation at the beginning of this year to go raw for the first 3 months of 2018.  Of course, it lasted about a week.  Like almost everything, everyone goes through the same right? You make a big decision that you are going to develop these new habits, eat better, smile more, do more  yoga, walk more, run, but life just gets in the way. 

Embarking on a detox can be considered as a fad and often is misused as a way of weight loss.  Though weight loss is often a by-product, it is a healing process that has much more depth than just shedding a few pounds.  Our bodies are in a constant ongoing detox, by consciously eliminating certain toxic habits and foods from our lifestyles and diets we clear the way for the natural detoxification to have an easier task and restore the bodies natural healing abilities.

For me, having never had any formal training in nutrition, I like to eat intuitively.  Lets face it, we shouldn’t really have to read books to understand what our bodies need *Note I am not discrediting the work of nutritionists*, it is the deep disconnect from ourselves that has led us to become malnourished.  Over the years as me and my body have gotten to know each other better my perception of what is good for me has become clear.  My body is aware of what makes it feel good and what does not.  This includes a wide variety of things, nutrition goes beyond just the food that we eat.  Because of this and a deep desire to end animal cruelty, I currently eat a whole food plant-based diet.  It works for me.  Most of what I eat is raw, though I am inconsistent.  Since arriving back from India, I have fallen back into some bad habits drinking coffee, eating biscuits, undereating, overeating and eating too much late at night, eating an unreasonable amount of chocolate.  When my eating habits become a little erratic, it is normally when my schedule has also become erratic, suddenly I am forgetting everything, losing everything, life just seems to get a little out of hand.  It is like all the simplest things in life, like eating and sleeping become some dreadfully difficult task. 

We all know that good habits require consistency.  Since I walked more consciously on my life path, my only ever intention has been to raise my energy levels and vibration, to move on a higher frequency and to spread more love.  That is why I practice yoga every day because on the days I do not my prana (vital energy) gets less, that is why I eat foods high with prana because on the days I do not, I vibrate a little lower, I conduct a little less electricity, I fall into a lower space.  When I fall into a lower space how can I expect to uplift and move those around me?

I am hoping to give you an insight into why I like to move into certain disciplines and why statements like ‘if you want the cake just have the cake’ are not always applicable in our lives.  And I am not just talking about cake.  Some people do not agree with fasting, or with being vegan, that’s cool – you do you.  For me I have experienced the power of these things, I know how clear my brain feels, how well my body functions, and the deep clarity in my soul. 

Where are you going with this Beck?

Detoxing encourages a shift, detoxing supports a shift. I am ready for a shift, for clearing the path to new ideas and creating space for movement and growth in my life. 

Being that it was the beginning of lent yesterday and today is a new moon, I have decided to embark on a 40 day detox.  A detox not only within the foods that I am eating but also a life cleanse.  For as long as I can remember (and I cannot remember much), I have been disorganised and forgetful – that’s just Beck.  I also used to be lazy and unfit, that was just Beck.  If there is one thing that I have become aware of over the past 5 years it is that at any time we can recreate ourselves, stop rewriting bad habits back into your story.  If I want to be Beck who is always on time, super-efficient and has a great memory and always has her meals prepared, then I can be that Beck right? If I want to be the Beck that embraces each and every part of herself and never for a second doubts herself, I can also be that Beck right? If I want to help other human beings to also recognise their power I guess it is mandatory that I connect with my own. 

We shall see …

What will this detox mean?

On a dietary level:

Foods avoided

Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol, wheat, anything processed, soy based products etc. 

(obviously meat and dairy but that goes without saying)

Foods eaten

Fruit, Vegetables, Legumes, Nuts (limited), Seeds, Herbal teas, A lot of water

What will my days look like?

I wake up at 4.30 and meditate and then I teach from 6-8am, 8-10 I practice.  90% Raw foods, a lot of water, a lot of yoga, I have recently started training twice a week too.  My first food of the day will be a juice or a smoothie and I will be eating between the hours of 10 and 6, fasting on Sundays. Doesn’t this sound fun?

Alongside all of this I will be incorporating a daily meditation 15-30 minutes per day, this detox is 90% for my mind, right now I am seeking some clarity for where to move forward in life, I guess at a crossroads looking for some answers and I know those answers are not at the bottom of a rich tea soaked cup of tea or a bottomless pit of odd socks.

There will be a variety of practices that I will be including, the plan is not set out as such, the inner voice will send me some guidance I guess.  I shall make sure to keep you updated with all cleansing practices.

Do you feel like you need a clearer mind? A reset?

I would love for you to join me.  I will offer as much support and advice as I can, like I said I am no expert – just your average little human trying to be a magical light being. 

Lets strip back the mess and get back to being magical.

Eternal love.

Beck

Talk Less, Listen more

 

There is a person in every person’s life who they know they can seek out for advice, that one person who will always uplift you and help you to understand yourself better.  I have people like this in my life.  It appears that certain humans have a skill that enables you to open and feel comfortable in what you are saying, they have a strong understanding about what you are speaking on and give you the ear that you need at that time. 

When I considered all the traits these people have I realised, it is listening skills – the ability to keep mouths closed and ears open, it is creating a space for a person to hear themselves.

When people come to us to talk, I would say 9.5/10 we will always reflect to that person a situation of our own.  ‘That exactly what it was like with my friend so and so, and this is what I did.’ What we forget though, is that no two situations are ever the same.  Though it is a natural way to reply by associating something to our own lives, we must remember that it is not our own lives. 

When you begin to listen, really begin to listen, it becomes more than just the persons words.  Look in to their eyes when they speak, see their body language, feel their energy, listen to their heart.  Really the words and sounds are barely half of it.  Like when a person tells you a lie, yet you know it is a lie – because you did not listen only to the words coming from them. 

We have become so disconnected from our true communication that we have this requirement to make sound, to try to have people understand how we feel. We are so engulfed in constant contact, that real communication is lost.  Nobody is really listening, everybody is just waiting to reply. 

When we really begin to listen, we create a space for a person to be able to express themselves, usually what you will see unfold before you is this person will talk themselves through the answers they need. 

I have acknowledged a need to listen more, not only to others but to myself.

So how can we become better listeners?

1.        Be quiet, tune in truly hear the person.

2.       Do not interrupt (this is my worst habit). When we interrupt, we give off the impression of being impatient or waiting to reply, hold onto your thoughts until the person is done. 

3.       Make eye contact, a lot of communication is lost when we do not look into a persons eyes, the eyes are the windows to the souls, you will ‘hear’ a lot more through eye contact than you will from words.

4.       Give an acknowledgement that you have understood what the person has said by replaying the situation, without including opinion or personal experiences.

5.       Give your full attention, how often have you been on your phone while talking and said ‘I am listening, just finishing this text’.  

6.       Be open minded, try to not attach your personal opinions to the persons life.  Step into their shoes for the period of the conversation, live their story. 

7.       Let questions be minimal and only to allow a deeper understanding.  

8.       Allow time for silence, sometimes after a person has spoken, that time of silence will allow the answer to come.

9.       Do not be in a rush.

10.   Try to not let your reactions be shown on your face, keep a calm and friendly attentive face.

These 10 steps can also be applied when listening to your own thoughts. 

Happy listening, happy learning,

Beck <3