I just completed my first ever juice fast… this post isn’t about the benefits of fasting or juicing. In fact I have never been a big proponent of juicing but for me the time came where it just felt right to clean my system in this way and it felt good. The past few months have largely been about slowing down and letting things go. I have been increasingly reminded to slow Slow SLOW down. I honestly thought I was ready to start picking up speed with clarity, drive + focus. But each step I took forward it seemed I was forced to take 2 or more steps back. I was frustrated… but I was listening. I have allowed myself to come undone and I think I still am wherever it feels right to.
Allowing life to unfold is a practice of grace, acceptance + presence.
Often the direction we would like to go or “think” we should be going in… just isn’t what is needed for our highest good. It’s so easy to get caught up in our agendas, always wanting to be productive and pushing for progress. Sometimes progress can’t be seen. Progress can’t always be measured in the way we want to or up to someone else’s standards and that is actually a good thing… it forces you to tune in, make a little space and truly feel for yourself.
For me this whole year has been about turning inwards and allowing things to shift internally… something that has brought about profound transformations in my outlook on life and how I am moving forward. Much of it could be difficult to notice had I not slowed down as much as I have. It has been uncomfortable to give up control and just allow things to happen. But in that has also come more freedom. Freedom to flow.
The best way for me to feel at peace amongst the ups and down of life is to come back to stillness. Those precious moments of just being have brought me healing, understanding and a whole lot of releasing.
There is a great comfort that can be found when you turn your attention to the stillness within yourself.
We just had a full moon eclipse in Pisces and that certainly brought a lot to the surface for many of us. The energy was intense and I definitely had to listen to my body and allow the ocean of emotions to flow and wash through me. Internally I have been cleaning house. Funnily enough I have had the urge to deep cleanse my environment too. I have been letting go of excess… I no longer want a plethora of semi-useful stuff sitting around and cluttering my world. I’m craving simplicity.
We also just passed through the fall equinox, which is one of the best times to detoxify our bodies. The change of seasons in Spring and Autumn are perfect opportunities for cleansing. Clean eating, fasting and detoxing all have increased benefits and allow your body to initiate healing and transition more smoothly with the change in season. For me my body naturally knew it was the right time for me to do some deeper cleansing thus my organic juice fasting experience. My whole being feels lighter and more energetic… it just feels so good to go with the flow.
As I look back over the past 10 years (my 20s) I notice that I have grown so much into becoming the woman I want to be. During that time I have also done a lot of collecting. Collecting experiences, opinions, clothing, books, products, ideas and my favorite – “knowledge”. While all these things can be nice to have they can also begin to weigh you down.
We need to make space for our life to breath. Flow cannot happen when our life is congested. Sometimes things will get stuck and that is okay but maybe that is a reminder it’s time to do some cleansing, removing and releasing.
We all need to go at our own pace and honor our rhythm. Many of us push and push to keep up with the rhythm of our society but that may not be the pace for you… I think it isn’t for many of us, it certainly doesn’t feel good to me.
Sometimes I need to go really slow and then maybe even slower. That’s okay. I am good with that… even though there are times where I have to come to terms with that and cultivate more patience. Stillness helps. Flowing with the seasons and even the moon cycles has been particularly helpful for me.
Cleansing + renewal can take a lot of energy. Most of us don’t give ourself the chance to allow our energy to go towards just that. It can be surprising to notice how little energy we actually give to ourself and our well-being. We can cultivate more of what we truly want + desire if we can make room for it to flourish and flow.
Allowing life to flow freely takes
stillness, letting go, surrender and trust.
see what happens for you.“
What would it look + feel like if you allowed your energy to flow inwards? Have you felt drawn to cleanse and make more space in your life? Where might it be time to… slow down, let go, make space, clean out, stop pushing, say no/say yes, put your needs first?
I’d love to hear from you.
With Love + Light,