11 Signs You Need A Spiritual Detox & How To Make It Happen, by Rebecca Butler

MGB  |  I recently had a night where I just couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t blame it on the baby, though I was tempted to. I was up. Grinding my jaw. Worrying. Sleep would come mercifully here and there, but it was never deep and truly restful. I know what this means, I thought to myself. It’s time for a spiritual detox.

Just like the body, the soul needs occasional, mindful cleansing. We’re barraged by media of all kinds, and it’s all too easy to consume spiritual junk food.

Are you aware of when you might need a spiritual detox? In other words, are you aware of when you’re feeding your spirit too much junk for the soul to feel good?

Just in case you aren’t following, here are some spiritual junk food items that you can become addicted to:

  • Endless Facebooking
  • Constant patrolling of TMZ’s Twitter feed
  • Compulsive digging into the latest from Perez Hilton
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Binge-watching Netflix

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with these “junk food” items in moderation, but it’s possible to go overboard. The result can be toxic to your soul.

Here are some signs you might need a spiritual detox:

  1. You find yourself scrolling through your newsfeed seeking negativity. Misery loves company.
  2. You open your mouth and spew sarcasm unintentionally. You try to be more mindful when you speak, but you can’t seem to help yourself.
  3. Your friends don’t want to be around you.
  4. Your heart hurts. Or worse, it doesn’t. You are numb.
  5. You find pleasure in other people’s misfortunes. (Again, misery loves company.)
  6. Happy people piss you off. You don’t even want to hear the word “joy.”
  7. You don’t sleep well. You’re having bad dreams and catch yourself grinding your jaw. A lot.
  8. You keep finding yourself in circumstances where you feel like the victim.
  9. You shy away from prayer, meditation, anything inspirational.
  10. You are bored — all the time.
  11. You can’t even remember the last time you took a walk, watched the sunset or sunrise, walked barefoot in the grass, or felt the summer breeze on your face.

Here are a few ways to engage in a spiritual detox. Remember, please do so with compassion. Above all else, be kind to yourself. We are all doing the best we can, and everyone wants to be happy and free from suffering.

1. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and genuinely make you happy.

Laughter is good for your soul. Seek the company of those who make you feel light and buoyant. Don’t question why you enjoy someone. Just enjoy them.

2. Uplift others.

When you feel downtrodden, it can be helpful to find the things you enjoy about others and to offer that feedback liberally. It’s important to remember that the things we see in others are also reflections of ourselves. Find a way to connect with and uplift someone. Attend a yoga class, read a blog, take a spin class — reach out to your favorite wellness warrior and uplift them. You’ll feel better almost instantly.

3. Try shifting your addiction to kindness.

Kindness is a drug. When you extend, witness or receive an act of kindness, your body releases serotonin, an endorphin. As cliché as it may be, practice a random act of kindness. You’ll feel delicious in doing so.

4. Make time and space to develop a meditation practice.

Meditation soothes the soul. There are incredible sites and courses to lead you through meditations if you don’t already have a meditation practice. Turning inward is a beautiful way to clear away the muck of spiritual junk food. Listening to your internal wisdom is a quick path to shedding that which does not serve you.

5. Get in touch will all of your senses.

Go outside. Enjoy the summer weather. Move, sweat, breathe. This will bring you into a visceral experience of the magic of this life. And it is so worth it.

6. Seek something sacred.

Turn to joy. At our essence, our foundation, we are spiritual beings who share a human experience. Sometimes the heaviness of our human experience can weigh us down. It’s important to remember that you are more than this physical body. You are expansive consciousness incarnate. As such, you can find and experience joy even within difficult circumstances. You mindfully start training yourself to start looking for the gift in the moment. Like anything worth practicing, it can be difficult at first. Over time, it becomes simple and easy.

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Just For Today

laughing monksHeal others through laughter and joy. Laughter is a natural medicine – it lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is contagious. It brings people together and helps us feel more alive and empowered. Laughter therapy aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort.

 

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” ~ Victor Borge

JUST FOR TODAY …

balloons girlGo on adventures, splash through those puddles, or play outdoors until the streetlights come on. These are just a few ways in which you might find, and embrace, your inner child again.

Do you remember how wonderful it felt to be a child? Adventure was our only calling, and courage seemed never ending. And subsequently, we seemed to enjoy our life so much more. Incorporate your younger self back into the joy of your daily being.

Life is more fun if you play games!

 

Seeds for Meditation

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There is no other message today but this:  live in joy.

 

Find moments to create happiness, to draw from the deep well of the Divinity within you to literally create joy.   You can find the places where joy is not, and put it there.  You can find the hearts where joy is missing and share.  Let joy be your net of love, and use it to catch the life you want and the love you deserve.

 

Image:  This date, the flowers called Zeni’aoi, or Malva sylvestris, are open on the roadside in Osaka, Japan.

The Essene Holy Communion For TUESDAY

Angel of Joy / Angel of Power  
Evening and morning and at noonday I will pray; and He shall hear my voice.  ~ Psalms 55:15
SEASONAL FOCUS:  Flowers announce the promise of fruition.
THE PHYSICAL COMMUNION:   This day contemplate the joys of life and the fullness of your many blessings. Quietly walk in a natural setting. Avoid distractions. Focus on the state of nature at this point in the seasonal cycle. Listen to the wind blowing in the trees and the songs of the birds. Become one with your surroundings.
THE DEEPENING:  The heavens smile and the earth celebrates as the children of light sing the song of life; and the bodily world of thy Earthly Mother, and the celestial worlds of thy Heavenly Father, give praise to the joyous voices.
The Angel of Joy – Tuesday Morning
All forms of beauty are joyously contemplated in this Communion in order to make man conscious of the beauties of nature and the joy within himself.
MORNING COMMUNION:   Angel of JOY I invoke thee. I come before you with the voice of the wind for thy Holy Law is within me. Descend upon this Earth and spread your blessings to ALL living beings. Touch those who walk in darkness so they may see the light, and partake in the Holy Communions, and eat of the fruits of your blessings; And as each morning comes, shall embrace thee.
MEDITATION:   Meditate from the perspective and the innocence of a child. See the world and its blessings through newborn eyes. Behold the splendor of the peace-able kingdom.
NOON CONTEMPLATION OF PEACE:   Peace with the FAMILY. He who hath found peace with his brother hath entered the kingdom of love and shall experience the Oneness of God. The Heavenly Father knoweth the hearts and the minds of his Children, and their inheritance shall forever be Peace.
The Angel of Power – Tuesday Evening
The Essenes conceived of the whole universe as a cosmic ocean of life in which currents of cosmic power are continually uniting all forms of life and connecting man with all other organisms.
EVENING COMMUNION:   Angel of POWER I invoke thee; descend upon my body and give me thy strength. Help me to direct my thoughts, my actions, my words and my deeds in accordance with that of thy Holy Law; and as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee.
THE BLESSING:  Within me lives the meditating Monk. The builder of the temple. In this season of transformation I shall discover the center, for I am guided by the light from within.
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The Holy Temple can be built only with the ancient Communions. Those which are spoken, those which are thought, and those which are lived.  ~ Gospel of the Essenes
To make the human heart a temple, the soul an alter, and the mind a priest. These were the missions of Jesus the Nazarene.  ~ Kahlil Gibran
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Peace be with you.