I am happy to share with you that I completed the Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program yesterday. I ended up losing 17 pounds, which was amazing, but I learned and gained a lot more than I lost. These few short weeks have taught me good habits that I hope will last the rest of my life. I am so thrilled with the mostly whole food plant based diet I am eating. I am looking and feeling better every day, but most of all my mind is sharp, clear and peaceful.
I have discovered so much about my life and my home through this process. I have cut out many foods that were cluttering up my body and my life, but more importantly I have gotten rid of many habits that were as unhealthy as what I was eating. Really taking a look at what had happened in my life and home while I was enslaved to the tyranny of the urgent was difficult but enlightening.
Taking time to really focus on my children has been such a blessing. I really am able to see and appreciate them for the wonderful people they are, and not miss a moment being distracted by the unimportant. I am taking better care of myself now also, really taking the time to do things that bring me joy and help me appreciate my environment. A little exercise is going a long way towards my overall sense of well-being. I am slowly purging my home of things that are distracting and that block the flow of chi. It may take awhile to get completely organized, but I am committed to it.
I wonder where I would be if I had never done the cleanse? I can only imagine that I would have continued on the same path of busyness and continued to miss all the wonder that I have recently tapped into. I knew there had to be more to life than running to work, going full steam all day, and then running home and collapsing, and I was right.
Starting in private practice at TRU Integrative Health and Wellness has enabled me to develop a schedule that allows me to slow down and live in awe at all of my blessings. It is a wonderfully supportive place to work. I am surrounded by encouraging colleagues who are concerned about my well-being. We are slowly building a community of clients and friends of the practice that are concerned about things like living our healthiest and most authentic lives. We have workshops on everything from meditation, to relationships, to eating seasonal foods, and we do fun things like screen movies, and group yoga.It is truly an amazing feeling to be traveling the same path as the people around me. If you would like to be put on our mailing list to receive updates on things that are going on in our practice community please email me at Carolyn@growhealchange.com!
I think many people embark on a health and wellness program only to go back to their old habits when it is completed. I think I will continue to blog here to keep myself accountable for the changes I have made in my life. I hope that you will make a commitment to whatever it is that you need to be living a more authentic and fulfilled life. Maybe we can make this journey together!
Oh, and please check out my friend and fellow psychotherapist Ruth Cochran's blog to follow her experience of our purification program! http://www.growhealchange.blogspot.com/