On the third day of detox, I gave to me…
two cleansing breaths,
and the most vibrant vision of me.
Remove any mental ama with a daily mind detox. Committing to a daily morning practice sets the tone for your day, integrating dreamwork and clearing the mind for the day ahead. An evening practice surrenders thoughts, stress and worry of the day as you slip into deep relaxation before sleep.
A twenty minute morning and evening practice of your choice makes this detox an easy addition to your day. Choose from mindful meditation, guided, mantra, yantra, walking… there are many available and accessible today. Join a global online meditation or simply place your focus on one thought, affirmation or solely the breath. Try one or all of the practices below.
1. Following your detox day 1 visualization and day 2′s breathing, continue sitting comfortably, maintaining deep, relaxing breath. Inhale a silent, “I am” and exhale a silent, “vibrant.” Replace the word vibrant with one that holds meaning for you, evokes a deep feeling of well-being: healthy, alive, radiant, vital, calm, happy, content. Breathe and focus on the words carried silently on your breath, repeating them over and over, for a few moments or 20 minutes. It is more important you feel your detox practice flows easily into your day than struggle to meet a specific time frame. If your mind wanders to grocery lists or the day’s duties, simply draw your attention back to the words on your breath. When complete, open your eyes and sit for a moment, enjoying and acknowledging the sensations in your body and your clearer, calmer mind.
2. Deeply rest the mind and allow your own inner pharmacy to guide your detoxification. Hold no words or thoughts as a focus, instead, allow the mind to empty. No force or expectation, simply a deep state of rest, as if there is nothing for the mind to do. With mind at rest, your inner pharmacy can go to work, entrusted entirely and confidently with your highest well-being. Often we block our own progress on a particular goal. Fear, doubt, old habits or patterns may resurface. This deep rest provides a getting-out-of-your-own-way detoxification. It’s not up to you. Let your body do its job and restore its natural state of wellness. A great way to begin your day and a lovely technique for clearing your mind and welcoming restful sleep at the end of your day. I often begin this process with “I have nowhere to be, nothing to do, completely relaxed.”
3. You may wish to explore the ancient practice of mantra, focusing the mind and vibrating sound with a sanskrit phrase. Mantra, meaning instrument of the mind, allows your mind to engage, focused on particular sounds that resonate within the body, activating a response. Chanting the seed mantra “HRIM”, pronounced hreem, aids in detoxification as its sound resonates throughout the cells. You may chant aloud or silently if you prefer. When chanting aloud, the r of hreem touches the tongue briefly on the roof of the mouth. You may chant hreem once on the exhale, holding the mmmmmm sound on your lips for the extent of the exhalation, or chant it repeatedly between inhalations. If chanting silently, allow a continuous resonation of the mantra through the mind. When complete, sit for a moment, observing the sensations within the body, vibrations continuing to reverberate. Bring chant into your day; the shower, car or while making dinner. I once filled the parent volunteer room with chant while helping at my child’s school.
Bonus detox tip: need help getting into the meditation mood? Choose spa-like music or sounds of nature to assist you in relaxing. You can even find a beautifully recorded mantra and chant or sing along with it. One of my favourites; ra ma da sa by Snatam Kaur. Chant along with her or absorb the mantra and the music. Turn up the volume and let the mantra vibrate through your home, purifying your living space.