A Fresh Start – a detox for life.

by Cherise Holt, Nurse, Australia. 

At times throughout life we may find ourselves searching for a fresh start, to create a new relationship with food and exercise, or to eliminate any form of sickness that our bodies have suffered, or to rid the body of its accumulated toxins and the harmful substances we have poured into it, such as drugs, prescription medications, alcohol, sugar and gluten.

The objective is usually to live with greater vitality and physical energy in our day-to-day routines, where we feel well in our minds and bodies and can live a happy and healthy life.

A quick internet search indicates that there are many products and diet plans out there customised for just this kind of goal. You can cut out fat or carbs, juice every fruit or vegetable under the sun, eat only raw foods or invest in a lemon tree. If you don’t want to look at the food you are eating, you can book yourself in for a colon cleanse or attend a health retreat where all is organised for you. Most detox plans are marketed to increase weight loss, gain a ‘bikini body’ for summer or create a fresh start towards a healthier way of living.

But what happens to us and our bodies when the detox program is complete?

Do we return to our old behaviours and patterns, find ourselves frustrated or deflated when the body physically changes in a way we do not like or when we find ourselves feeling sick, uncomfortable and discontent in our own skin once again?

What would a successful detox actually look like for true health and wellness?

Well I can share this with you, as I have just completed a detox program with a Universal Medicine practitioner. The program consisted of 12, one-hour sessions including chakra-puncture and a supportive consultation in which to share whatever I was feeling.

When I first attended, I had already decided to eliminate sugar from my diet as I didn’t like the side effects in my body. During the first session, I was able to say that the detox program for me was actually about living as a woman, with the love and self-worth I know myself to naturally be. 

Detox was never about a goal, or attaining something (be that a physical change or an improvement of me) by its completion; instead each session was about whatever I brought to it, with honesty and a willingness to be as open as I possibly could. It was with my own sense of responsibility that I knew it wasn’t about my practitioner providing a solution to any issues; she was simply providing a space for me to re-connect to myself and inspiringly shared with me from her own experiences and way of living. We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.

I was continually amazed by the opportunity that presented in each session, to be honest with any emotional issues, old patterns of behaviour and ways of living – some felt like I had been repeating them for lifetimes! And yet the compassion I chose to gift myself allowed me to know that these old ways don’t have to define who I am today, and once declared and seen for what they are I can choose otherwise. When we become aware of how we have lived with ourselves and others, the opportunity is there to make new and more supportive choices – isn’t this beautiful!

My detox program was about being responsible and honest with me. I had an openness to whatever was to come up in my life and a dedication to living in a more loving, harmonious, joyful and truly well way. With a deep commitment to me – and life – my detox was supporting my whole way of being. I chose the support of a practitioner who I know already lives this way, who only shares from her way of living, never imposes and who radiates true responsibility and integrity.

A truly supportive detox is like the blossoming of a beautiful rose…

When a rose ages, its outside petals become discoloured, bruised and frayed, like our old ways of living; we forever have the ability to peel back the layers that no longer belong. We can allow ourselves to name and let go of the old comforts, needs, expectations and behaviours that simply didn’t exist when we started out as the delicate little bud.

Over time we grew to accumulate many beliefs, ideals, constraints and contracted ways of being that resulted in damaged petals, hurt feelings and hardening to protect ourselves from the world around us.

But our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed.

It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being; but rather a collaboration of self-perceptions and past experiences that need only be exposed with loving tenderness and compassionso that we may unfold – returning to cherish and accept who we are and live the love we know ourselves to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

907 thoughts on “A Fresh Start – a detox for life.

  1. I don’t think we realise the degree of illusion we live under when it comes to food. Everyone has an opinion of what is good and not so good for you to eat and then come the many rules, diets, ideals and beliefs that dictate a certain way to be. All of it under the one massive umbrella of ‘food consciousness’ that never goes anywhere near the real issue, which is never about food but about how aware we really want to be.

  2. The Rose – What a beautiful analogy for a true detox – letting go of the old outer petals (habits, ideals, beliefs) and coming back to the delicacy of the ever blooming rose bud within (our essence).
    “When a rose ages, its outside petals become discoloured, bruised and frayed, like our old ways of living; we forever have the ability to peel back the layers that no longer belong. We can allow ourselves to name and let go of the old comforts, needs, expectations and behaviours that simply didn’t exist when we started out as the delicate little bud”.

  3. ‘…instead each session was about whatever I brought to it, with honesty and a willingness to be as open as I possibly could.’ When we try to fix things from the perspective of not being good enough we tend to go into self-bashing and judgment of ourselves hardening as we go. However, if we just observe what is going on for us from a place that knows we are already whole, we can bring a different relationship to what we are observing. It is amazing how many times I have been able to let go more from this place, leaving myself connected and content to be where I am at understanding how my choices have contributed to how my body is feeling.

  4. ‘We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.’ Only then a detox can be a true detox.

  5. A detox is a reset for life. What we choose to do afterwards can continue down a path that gives more vitality or a return to old familiar habits. Always our choice.

  6. I love your point about there being no end, I think a lot of people hear detox and consider it a means to an end and that there is an end point where everything is cleared and done and perfect, instead of a detox being a support in discarding the things that keep us from naturally being who we are and understanding we’re not designed to be perfect and that there’s always work to be done and it’s an amazing process to undertake.

  7. Our detox is not complete until we reign in every last thread of our self that has frayed from the rich tapestry of us. This is a process that can take many lives of dedicated work until will once more stand bathed in the light of who we truly are and are no longer dominated by the shadows that have sought to diminish this glory.

  8. This is a great point – a detox or a diet for something in the future needs determination, sometimes a lot of it and once the determination is gone, the retox and weight gain can start. Doing something that works and is enjoyable now is very different as it needs no determination.

  9. “We don’t actually need solutions to the issues that present in daily life, just the space to re-connect to the undeniable fact we already know what is right and loving and what is not.”

    Love what you share here Cherise, let’s a lot of us ‘off the hook’ so to speak to come up with solutions, or fill our need to be right…just allow the space.

  10. The biggest poisons we consume are other people’s emotions. Constantly reacting to situations around us is hard to digest because those emotions do not belong to us. We then go on to eat foods that are excellent at numbing the very emotions we know we have taken on. So in effect, a detox is ridding ourselves of these buried emotions and the detoxing food is purely a support so we can feel lighter in our bodies again and feel then what is there to be released.

  11. A detox is so much more than ridding the body of built up toxins from food, sugar, alcohol or drugs, what about all our emotions and toxic thoughts as they become a poison in the body that are very damaging as well and need removing so we can feel more of who we truly are. Great blog Cherise, and a reminder of the power of a detox that not only cleanses the body but the entire being.

  12. A description of a detox in its truest sense – supporting the release of emotion from the body physically as well as energetically allowing way for the true expression to be.

    1. Yes, it could make sense that emotions are stored in the body – how else could ailments like arthritis be associated with anger? If they can be stored, then presumably they could also be released.

  13. ‘a collaboration of self perceptions and past experiences’ this brilliantly captures how we can trap ourselves in old ways and when we shine a light on them, it’s an opportunity, and so great to be reminded of this, that we can let them go and allow new ways of being that are there ready for us when we choose.

  14. We can often find ourselves to be searching outside ourselves, with a new diet, or New Year resolutions, or as someone said to me today they thought a house move meeting new people gave them optimism at the beginning of the year but it was wearing off already. The thing is, it may be a new fad we seek, but we bring our old selves along too. To make true changes, we need to deal with what’s on the inside of us.

  15. I think a lot of times detoxes are approached as a ‘quick fix’ or a thing that will bring some relief to go back to the way we were living before… But beautiful how you share here that there is a different way to go through a detox and how it can support us to blossom and unfold more of who we truly are back into how we live our every day.

  16. Just imagine if detoxes were built in to our jobs, our education, if everyone had the opportunity to reboot and to let go of all the old beliefs and patterns that we accumulate… What a blessing this would be.

  17. When we think about a detox, we usually associate it with only clearing the physical body of substances that are causing us to be sluggish. We generally, do not see a detox as something that can change our patterns, ideals and beliefs for the rest of our life.

  18. Amazing to approach a detox, something many people are doing at this time in January, in a whole new way. As a new platform to build from instead of a goal and then a binge back again to the way it was before. Having a detox to clear and build from takes a whole new meaning to it.

  19. I agree – a detox is a life long programme we can put ourselves on, continuously refining and making choices to let go of what does not belong to us.

  20. Beautiful blog Cherise, the more we cherish ourselves with loving tenderness the more we are able to unfold from our inner knowing to live our true and natural way of being.

  21. It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being. It is a great place to be in when we have an understanding that all our answers come from inside of us and our hurts are not a part of who we truly are but merely something we have taken on emotionally.

  22. When I walk into a session with a Universal Medicine practitioner my movements are already showing and exposing where I am at before any word is spoken. To acknowledge and accept where I am at whether it is in joy or a withholding in that moment is truly embracing the present and healing my body. In that moment I can allow whatever it is that needs to come up, be exposed and let it go.

  23. I love how you talk about peeling back the layers, those that have faded and are no longer necessary, the more honest we are with ourselves the more we are willing to let go of what no longer serves us or humanity.

  24. Cherise you have such a beautiful way of expressing through writing. I enjoyed reading about your detox, that was to uncover more of the delicate beauty within, not aiming for a certain body image or to recover from past indulgences – simply you returning to full bloom.

  25. “Our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed” – knowing this at the beginning of any detox program rather than at the end allows us to be able to get through a detox program in a very different way because we are not trying to “fix” something that is broken but rather polish something that has had layers of dust hiding its beauty.

  26. Love this – we often look at a new job, or new relationship or new home as a fresh start, but what if a fresh start is only truly fresh if there is a discard-ment of some the stuff we carry around with us that we don’t truly need?

  27. It is not diets and regimes that bring about long-term change, rather it is lifestyle, choosing a way of life that is loving and self-nurturing and is known as The Way of The Livingness.

    1. Yes and it is the lifestyle change that brings the long term change rather than the short term ideals and beliefs that go with dieting and New Years resolutions.

  28. I recently completed a detox session myself and what I learnt is that to experience the clear future and brand new start you describe Cherise, things from the past have to come up. Things that I thought I had moved past reared their heads again – and showed me that if you don’t truly understand and renounce patterns you have, they continue on, into the next day. But most of all I got to see that I already know the truth deep inside me, so this detox by bringing things up helped me go back to the future.

  29. I like to reframe a detox in terms of taking out what we should have not taken on in the first place rather than simply removing food from our diet.

  30. I love the openness and willingness you describe here Cherise in how you approached your old ways and took the space to look at them and let go. I’m on a detox programme right now and at times I’ve struggled with it as my old ways have been very in my face, and reading today I realise that’s the thing I’ve asked to look at them so here they are, and really it’s about understanding that no matter how much I might think they are, these ways are not me, and it’s time to let them go, and be more of the me I know I am.

  31. ‘…our inner knowing has remained pure and unharmed.’ Gorgeous wise words Cherise. This innate inner self is something we can all rely upon.

  32. A beautiful expression, thank you Cherise. I love the flavour of self-responsibility this offers. For example, we don’t go to a practitioner to get ourselves fixed but to get honest with ourselves, to see what we are bringing to life, and what we are doing with life. This feels very healthy to me.

  33. Awesome the way you describe your detox as a loving unfolding of you back to your divine essence. The support of a practitioner is also key so that we are not alone as we uncover the things that have been holding us back and resolve to make changes and build consistency with new ways that will create a firm foundation for our evolution.

  34. When you stop and think about it we ourselves are like roses that grow and bloom – blooms that then die and fall away to provide space for new blooms to flourish and the cycle begins again. Our day to day life experiences can be a direct reflection of this.

  35. I love what you bring with this blog Cherise. Many people hear the word detox and automatically think of food not thought. If we lived with the truth that thought can be just as toxic as food then we would see the importance of detoxing our thoughts and the way we move.

  36. “It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being; but rather a collaboration of self-perceptions and past experiences that need only be exposed with loving tenderness and compassion”

    Love and support are the ‘secret’ ingredients here…I have tried for many years to look at my ‘issues and hurts’ but it came from a feeling of being less and needing to be fixed and as a result, I never really found anything that worked or lasted. When I truly began to self-care and self-love, and brought more loving tenderness and compassion to my life, as inspired by Universal Medicine, that I started to make true and lasting change in my life and feel the hurts and let them go (which is quite a simple, quick and easy process to do).

  37. We are forever invited by our body to surrender, know its full potential and knows its way to move that cares in full for it.. To not let our minds wonder off with the multiple distractions – but to truly take care. For real.

  38. “It is from this supportive and warm place inside us that we can see the issues and hurts we carry that are not our natural way of being”. Absolutely Cherise and then have the understanding and awareness around why something was chosen, to then move through it.

  39. Yes we like to get onto the band wagon of doing a detox and feeling better for a period of time, but then go back to our ways of living that are not loving or self honouring. Love the notion of detox for life, that way it isn’t a fad or something that has a timeframe, but something that is truly loving all the time.

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