Every day and in every way we are exposing our bodies and minds to toxins in our lives. Whether it is the polluted air we breathe. Or the chemical preservatives in the convenient food we ingest. The contaminants in water. And unknown to many, the emotions we suppress, the negative thoughts we push away and the energies we absorb from negative environments. Toxins take a toll on our bodies and minds. Stress, diet and the environment being the primary killers. And it becomes imperative to detoxify our minds and bodies regularly.
Detoxification is simply our body working to eliminate and neutralize the toxins we may have collected, bringing ourselves back to balance. Traditionally used for alcohol or drugs, today detoxes are closely associated with weight loss diets, and a number of techniques are used by nature cure clinics, yoga centres, spas, fitness centres and alternative healing practitioners.
Your body is the best indicator for when you need a detox. If you feel any of the following symptoms, you may like to ask your doctor if its time for some internal cleansing.
Constant tiredness, sluggishness and bloating.
Difficulty focusing or concentrating on daily chores.
Low immunity, constantly catching a cold.
Bad breath or body odour from poor diet, smoking, alcohol
Irregular bowel movements
Allergies to certain foods
Recurring skin ailments
Most people who have been through a process of detoxification feel lighter, healthier and more energetic after a course apart from feeling clearer, more peaceful and able to concentrate better. Best done under the supervision of experts it is always advisable to consult your doctor before trying a therapy or changing your diet.
A number of detoxification programmes are available with health centres – always check out the various options available and ensure it suits your medical conditions. Some of them include:
Detox diets range from fasting to simply having juices, milk, fruits to more specialized ones available at weight loss clinics, spas. Do check what suits you before trying out a diet and make sure to consult your doctor.
Yogic breathing helps clear carbon dioxide from the lungs and stimulates the digestive organs. Asanas with their focus on stretching and compressing the body help cleanse the body.
A number of supplements help in detox which are made from herbs and fruits, however it is best to use them under medical supervision.
Whether you opt for a fully body detox or for organ specific cleansing make sure you research your choice thoroughly to make sure it agrees with your system and do take the advice your doctor.
Sometimes in relationships, one partner wants a little time for himself or herself. Time to introspect, process their emotions, or focus on studies or work. Most often enough the other partner panics a little, fearing the loss of the relationship and starts to frantically message the person, and if ignored they turn to readers, to find out why he or she is not responding to their texts, or if they are leaving them for good.
With the Tarot in cases like the these, the message is always the same. Leave them be. If someone truly loves you they won’t forget you and your importance in their life. Just like fields are left fallow for a while to nourish and strengthen the soil, souls too need a little ‘time out” to recharge their batteries and gain perspective. Understand and respect their need for space. Trust that things will work out. By messaging them repeatedly we only end up creating tension in the space and sometimes it drives the person further away.
Just let go, give them the space. Make them miss you.
A short story about the birth of Shakti in every little baby girl.
Who’s the special little blood cell then? Cooed mama as she cradled the little red blob in her arms. Baby gurgled, and reached out chubby little hands trying to grab mommy’s smile. “you’re not like the other bloodcells darling, no, no, no always remember that okay”
Baby stopped gurgling and looked deep into her mother’s eyes questioningly. Mama laughed softly. Mama had been a little baby too when her mother had whispered the magic words into her ears, while she crawled around the corners of the veins, where it was safer, and less slippery. Putting the baby down on the side of the vein she spoke to the vein about taking care of her for a second while she popped around to check on the oxygen supplies. Vein was an old hand at this, millions of little ones she had baby sat, waiting and watching them as they grew older and stronger, ready to carry the load. But there was something unique about this babooshka. She glowed happilly in the corner, kicking at the vein’s walls while chattering to herself. Then it struck her, of course, this is not the ordinary bloodcell. This is a bloodcell with a mission. This is the strength giving bloodcell who’ll wait around in the corners till she is needed one day, and then she will burn and race through the veins like a bullet of fire, strengthening every nerve and fibre. The vein smiled softly to herself as she allowed the baby to chew on her walls curiously. But of course!
Mama bloodcell flowed back, thanked the vein and picked up the baby on her back, and while doing so, she whispered “come now, my little shakti, come I shall show you your passage, so you will never need a road map when you’re suddenly called upon” Baby laughed out loud and blew a bubbly kiss at the vein who shed a tear of pride.