Detoxing the Spirit -                                                                             


"But oh to thee, O Lord, God, are my eyes: in thee have I put my trust, take not away my soul." ~Psalm 141:8

Photo on 4-16-12 at 3.40 PM

Above: PraiseMoves posture, David's Harp

What? How do you detox the spirit? What does that even mean?

The very first detox I ever followed was when I was taking a course in Weight Management for my Holistic Nutrition degree. When I got to the section on detox, I realized that I could actually study detox and follow one at the same time. I also recognized that the perfect chance to do so was coming up. I was going to have the house to myself for a full week while my family was away! So, I hurriedly gathered up the foods I needed and then devoted that week to following and studying the detox laid out in one of my textbooks. I also felt that it was a fantastic opportunity to spend more time with God, so I pulled out some devotionals and a Bible. I bought some relaxing bath salts, set up a massage, and turned all of my attention to myself that week. It's not often that we can do that, and I had to seize the moment. It was the most amazing detox period I've ever had!

When I decided to develop my own version of a detox, based on elements I had learned and experiences I had faced, I chose to emphasize the importance of a holistic approach. Detox is most often used to help with weight-loss, and it's a great tool for that. However, a detox can be so much more! If you're able, try to carve out some daily time during your detox -- 2 hours, 30 minutes or even 5 minutes a day to detox your spirit. How, you ask? Here are some tips that might help:

1. Sit quietly for 5 minutes, practicing deep breathing. Inhale to a count of 5, hold your breath for 5, then exhale for 5. Make sure your diaphragm goes up and down, not your shoulders. You want to have deep, not shallow breaths. This is how I teach deep breathing in my PraiseMoves classes.

2. Once you master deep breathing, you can add a scripture or other affirmation. My favorite: Inhale and say to yourself, "This is the day the Lord has made," then exhale and say, "I will rejoice and be glad in it."

3. Read a scripture or devotional, then sit and contemplate what you've read as you breathe deeply.

4. As you contemplate, ask God to help you listen to his direction.

You can build up the time, starting with 5 minutes and going up to whatever works for you. I have been working through these 4 steps during my detox, and I'm amazed at how quickly the time goes (about 30 minutes) when I sit, breathe, contemplate, ask and listen. And somehow, God structures my day in such a way that I still get everything done that must be done.

If you sign up for my detox, you'll have some affirmations in your daily readings. Please use them! I strongly encourage that you treat yourself to the luxury of a spirit detox during the short 12 days of the winter detox! 

(I can't believe I'm already on day 8.)

Below are some reading guides that you might find beneficial. Or, just pick up the Bible and start reading. 

Soul Detox, by Craig Groeschel

Soul Mapping, by Frost, Ruge, and Shoup

Where Do I Go From Here? by Ruge

Jesus, Life Coach, by Laurie Beth Jones

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