Clean Slate

We often see the words 'detox' or 'cleanse' in our spam emails, advertisements, or just about any place where you can find organic food at your disposal. Experiencing these words in multiple places, many times a day, can be reminders or signs, urging us to do something about it and make shifts within our own lives.

But what if we are already eating clean by putting the finest and most fresh ingredients into our bodies? 

When we read the word 'cleanse', we often immediately think of cleansing within our bodies. It's true, cleansing the body is the first step to cleansing the mind, however, rarely do we find the importance of cleansing all things around us – both in body, mind and energies brought to our attention.

I know when I cleanse all aspects of my life, it not only helps me to feel healthier, rest better and think clearly, but it becomes a sort of metaphor. A kind of metaphor that tells me nothing, but consciously creates space and allows me to feel ready for the next challenge life has to offer.

Its not just about spring-cleaning, or a New Year's affirmation, its about willing to make a clean slate anytime when needed throughout the whole year, possibly each and every day.

Maintaining this state of balance through daily cleanses (big and small – diet, asana, meditation, cleaning your home/office, negative relationships, etc.) gives you inner strength, confidence and clarity so you can move through life as your best possible self.

Begin your daily cleansing with these 3 simple steps:

  • Start your mornings with a routine - 1 large glass of water to strengthen your digestive system before putting anything else in your body, maybe a 10 minute sun salute flow and short minute meditation with your intentions, and a small list of the most important 3 things to accomplish. 
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast and make sure you have healthy snacks for your day until your next meal. Food is medicine and will keep you feeling energized throughout the day. The more you plan out your meals and consciously choose them, the easier it will be to eat well and skip the temptation for a sugar fix.
  • Take 5 minutes before bed to shut down all electronics, simply lie flat on your bed and breathe deep. Repeat your intention you set in the beginning of the day. This will give your space to acknowledge positivity, mindfulness and clarity to your body and mind before sleep which will allow you to rest easier and bring a sense of closure to your day.

BARBARA RAMOS is a creative writer who who runs along the lines of discovering what she truly believes in through the art of literature, yoga and the beauty of nature. She can picture herself in any strange city, with strange/interesting people, while always remaining true to herself. Her mission is to inspire yogis and writers as much as many have inspired her.If you don't see her reading the latest news and issue of Vogue at her favorite local coffee shop, she'll probably either be on the mat, on her bike or exploring nature with her Husky, always with pen and paper on hand. Follow her here: www.cestlulu.com

Barbara Ramos

BARBARA RAMOS is a creative writer who who runs along the lines of discovering what she truly believes in through the art of literature, yoga and the beauty of nature. She can picture herself in any strange city, with strange/interesting people, while always remaining true to herself. Her mission is to inspire yogis and writers as much as many have inspired her.If you don't see her reading the latest news and issue of Vogue at her favorite local coffee shop, she'll probably either be on the mat, on her bike or exploring nature with her Husky, always with pen and paper on hand.