time will mark his passing. Even tho its now over 35 years and my memory has faded – ‘he’ didn’t want me to forget… Bless ya mick. Love you and miss you as much as ever, your kid sis. xx
Recently I went away for a couple of days of prayer, peace and mediation. Entering the silence is a sacred thing I’ve recently enjoyed doing. I used to be busy all the time, always on the go, but lately, slowly I realise the need for quietude and reflectiveness. In fact, it is now becoming a pre requisite. Time for my soul and spirit, guilt free indulgence. Anyway, on the second day there, I decided to go get a book from the communal bookshelf. As I picked one at random I smiled when I realised who the author was. Ram Das. Haven’t seen his name for about 40 years, loved his other book Be Here Now.
So, I held his book in my hands, said a prayer and selected a page at random. Imagine my surprise when my eyes gazed on the third line…. and read the name ‘Leary’. My brother (Mick, who is in spirit world) surname is Leary!
I couldn’t believe it. What are the chances that I would select a book at random, turn to a page at random and there is my brothers surname staring at me !! I began to chuckle. How intelligent is the spirit realm. This was no co-incidence.
‘Why is he coming through?’ Oh wait a minute, it’s APRIL…. His anniversary.. I quickly grab my calendar to check the date and yep, sure enough, in a few days Wow.
Pros .. Oh man, getting rid of sh… in your body is fan -damn -tactic. I know people don’t normally talk about such things but as a naturopath once told me its the first thing her family talk about each morning LOL (true story – she wrote a book called the Pooh in You)… Look it is a necessary part of healing as my dear mum used to tell me ‘all disease starts in the bowel’. If you think about it, well, it needs regular flushing.
Moving on, energy…. loads of energy after day 4. You experience a feeling of lightness of being and mental clarity like never before. Its so worth doing for this benefit alone.
My daughter was able to: lower her Trig (bad cholesterol) count from 6 – 2 after a 7 day cleanse, lose weight and stabilise her blood sugar (she was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes).
Juice cleansing is the easiest way I have found to detox, giving your internal body a much deserved rest and a thorough clean out. What a way to start a new chapter!
I am beginning to love juice fasting. The feeling of clarity after those first days, the shape of your belly shrinking and wonderful deep sleeps at night. Yet there’s no pain without gain right? And I need to be brutally honest. Hunger pangs, headaches and persistent mental fog for the first days may have questioning ‘what have I done?’ No where on this planet is it more true than the saying ‘mind over matter’. For many people going without food is something they truly feel they can’t do, but I say challenge that thought. Even if only for one 24 hour period, give it a try. It is a start and maybe next time you will manage a 3, 5 or 7 day cleanse. Believe me, the benefits outweigh the initial discomfort.
So instead of hot cross buns, chocolate eggs and partying with friends, I chose to slow things down (meaning I stay indoors on day one so I’m not tempted to break the fast). You need to be prepared! There’s a bundle of fresh veggies to buy, a dozen litres of filtered water and the main fruits I add are green apples and watermelon. There is a lot of conflicting information out there. I’ve had friends look at me in horror and say ‘not watermelon – its full of sugar!’ Yet when I researched it, watermelon is in the lower 10 sugar fruits – strawberries were the lowest, and red apples in the higher range which is why I choose green apples. I also have fresh ginger and plenty of lemons on hand. This cleanse we have decided to add a soup broth to also sip on, the flavour is different and the warmth makes you feel like your devouring something wholesome.
Why juice cleanse? Basically, to give your digestive system a rest. Our bodies work tirelessly day in and day out. By avoiding roughage for a period time your body can get to work cleansing and healing from the inside (if it’s not spending its energy digesting). By day 4 – 5 you will honestly feel incredible. The tricky part it, you have to get through days 1 – 3 in order to begin reaping the benefits.
The benefits are: weight loss, sparkling skin and eyes and oh la la energy plus. I can’t tell you (yet) if I’ve lowered my cholesterol because I’ll need a blood test, but my daughter’s triglycerides dropped from 7.8 to 2 after our last 7 day juice cleanse! Look, it’s pretty hard to do juice cleansing alone, so much easier if you have a pal to walk the journey with. We spend those first couple of days complaining about our headaches and it’s so good to flop into bed when you need to.
On the up side, we are there to encourage each other when one wants to cave into a food craving. Believe me, you will reap some amazing rewards and feel incredible at the end of it, so much so, that I’m committed to doing a cleanse every 2 – 3 months.
Wanna join me next time?