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6:04 am. Day 1: Prep Week for me is beginning, or reinforcing, the practices that make cleansing easier: more water, more tea, more fruit, and a little bit more structure. I like to focus on all the things I ADD to be healthier before I tackle the stuff I have to take away. That’s tomorrow. Today, instead of munching on dried apricots while I wait for the coffee shop to open, I’m making a smoothie with orange and pineapple and mango and the juice of a whole fresh lemon.
The Great Cooling Cleanse of 2011
I don’t normally go for full-on organized detoxes and cleanses, but this year, I’m a little desperate. It’s August 10th, so you might think - suck it up, summer is almost over - but here in Texas Hill Country, in the middle of a drought and one of the hottest, driest summers EVER, we’re really only half-way through the hot season. It could be October before we get a break, and I’m already feeling worn out, dazed and confused.
So I was at the farmer’s market smelling the cantaloupe and heard a farmer tell a customer that the watermelons are going to be sweet perfection this summer because they LOVE the drought, and I thought, “I could eat a ton of watermelon right now. Maybe I should do a fruit detox…”
And here we are.
On August 19, right after lunch, I’ll go for a simple MONO-DIET - (1 food or food group only) until lunchtime on Monday, August 22.
I’m choosing fruit because all I want right now is crisp, juicy, cool and delicious. If you have concerns about all the natural sugar in fruit, you can choose vegeys or something like brown rice, which is great for the giving the digestive system a good break. But I want FRUIT! Fruit popsicles, fruit smoothies, big chunks of crunchy watermelon, grilled peaches and pineapple. Fresh, perfect, delicious, delightful, delectable FRUIT.
Wanna clean out and cool off with me?
Yoga & The Artist’s Way, week 9
In week 9, one of the tasks is to re-read the previously forbidden morning pages we’ve been writing every morning so far. At first it’s discouraged because we are so busy judging ourselves at the beginning of the process, the pages are pretty tough to take. After a while, we can look back through that stuff with a lot more compassion, and also see just how far we’ve come in 9 weeks.
Having done this book several times before, I had been feeling this time around that I’ve gone over the ground plenty of times, and the basics are nailed down. Lots of interesting changes are taking place in the big picture, but on a day-to-day basis, I’ve been telling myself there isn’t much more to discover from the “process.”
So here’s what I wrote on day 2 after bitterly complaining about how hard it is to write by hand again:
I can’t believe I chose a notebook with this many lines! A basic composition book has only 21 lines and this has 36!! Wow. That’s going to be an extra 45 lines per day! 5 pages instead of 3. Maybe I should do timed writing instead. Maybe I should change notebooks. Maybe I should stop writing whenever I feel like it. Maybe it should be approached like yoga - effortless effort might be the key. Slow the pen down a bit, soften the pressure of it on the page, release the tension in your arm and hand, just keep flowing through the words and allowing, allowing, allowing, without expectation, whatever the next word might be. Wait a second. 36 x 3 is 108. 108 sacred lines. Now I’m going to have to write all of them regardless. Sigh. Yesterday I claimed to know a LOT about morning pages, but here I am, a beginner again, not understanding any of it.
The pages tell the true story. Every time.