During the month of August, we will be showcasing 30 different detoxes. 10 mind, 10 body and 10 soul. This detox is a holistic detox, a detox of our whole being, to help us live our best lives! So the following list will be the syllabus for this month, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following detoxes and choose whichever ones resonate with you and that will be your detox plan for this challenge!
This is a holistic detox, so we strongly suggest choosing at least one from each category to give yourself the full holistic experience
Why: Meditation has proven to reduce stress and anxiety while promoting mindfulness.
How: Everyday for at least 30 minutes, (an hour would be better) take some time to yourself and explore meditation. Use whatever resources you can find online for different meditation techniques.
Why: The average American is interacting with technology, be it watching TV, using their cell phones or working on the computer for an average of 11 hours a day! That’s a lot of time with our faces staring at a screen!
How: Assess how much time you spend using all of your devices, and see where you can make cuts, and limit your exposure to these forms of technology, and fill your free time with other activities!
Why: Have you found yourself pulled in so many different directions by everyone and everything in your life? Have you felt overwhelmed with your responsibilities to others? If so, this may be the detox for you
How: Everyday, spend one hour in complete solitude. No phones, no TV, no books, nothing that will add input into what you should be focusing on. Do something with your hands, or go watch the clouds for a while and see what thoughts cross your mind.
Why: We invest in our friends and family and people around us all the time. But we need to remember that you need a full glass to be able to pour into another’s.
How: Pick one self help/self advancement book and read it everyday for the month of august, and invest in your own self development and advancement.
Why: As we get older we fall into thought patterns that have become instinctual, and we follow those patterns without regard to specific situations. Do you find yourself in conflict often? Has your life and your actions seem to have fallen on autopilot? Than this detox could help you “grab the wheel” and steer your life in the direction that you decide.
How: Everyday, play a game with yourself, by acting like a 2 year old. WHY, WHY, WHY??? You did something, or you think a certain way, or you are in a certain situation, examine it and get to the root of why. Ask yourself why until you hit that “Aha!” moment, and you will find the root cause of why you are experiencing something, and from there you can direct your life in another direction.
Why: Over the years we have all developed some poor habits. Drinking to excess, smoking, pushing people away, poor eating habits, any life habit that has had some detrimental effect on our lives. When we break these old patterns, we start to build new and healthier behavior patterns.
How: Find your habit that you want to break, start to assess what causes it, why did you start, are there times that you are triggered to act in this way? Ask yourself questions about your habit, until you get sick of thinking about it! When you finally hit that point, you know more about yourself and why you behave in this way, and you are better able to put in place a plan to break the habit and replace it with healthier choices. Everyday ask yourself questions and follow your plan of attack!
Why: Has your environment been overwhelming to the point of constant distraction? Do you find yourself walking around your space, with no real motive or focus? Do you want to understand the deeper levels of the connection between our environment and our mental health? Than this detox might be for you.
How: This will be our first detox that is showcased, and definitely not one to miss!! Check back August 1st for full details!
Why: How much time do we really contemplate our own life, from our OWN perspective? We sometimes contemplate our existence through a society or familial lenses, but do we often take the time to identify our experience with no prejudice or expectations? This Detox might be helpful for you if you find yourself asking what you are doing in life, from time to time.
How: Everyday write a journal entry, even if its only 1 page, give yourself time to be unapologetic in your expression and let your thoughts flow freely, this is your safe space, voice it all out!
Why: A very wise woman once said that “we all need a cheerleader sometimes, we need that support.” If you find that you feel alone and that there is no one on your side, from time to time than it is time to step up and be your own biggest supporter!
How: Affirmations can be found online, and a quick google search can explain them a bit more in depth, but basically for the month of august, repeat your affirmations to yourself daily. (PRO TIP: Deepak Chopra has an amazing album on Spotify that I use very often, this could be a good place to start.)
Why: Studying permaculture has been an amazing experience, but one of the best things that I took away from it is the wholistic mindset, and systematic approach to problem solving. This aids in any problem solving situations.
How: research permaculture theory and the permaculture principles and explore how you can utilize them in your daily problem solving situations. Everyday approach your situations with the frame of wholistic and systematic problem solving. What affects what, and how can the smallest change, have the biggest impact?
Why: WHY NOT!? Juicing has amazing health benefits that I’m sure you’ve all heard a hundred times before!
How: Watch the documentary “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” and follow your own juice detox. Incorporate juicing into your daily intake, or go HAM and do a complete juice reboot, with just juice for the 31 days in August!*
Why: Yoga is all about balance, growth and being in your body and being in your experience. If you feel like you are “floating around” or not grounded most of the time, than yoga might help define your center, and you can explore your “edge” and find the relationship between your physical limits and the limits in your life.
How: Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced yogi, incorporate yoga into your daily routine, and allot yourself an hour a day to explore your own yoga practice. There are plenty of resources all over the Internet to get a good sense of direction with this! Also a lot of our participants have some experience with yoga, so use all of us as your support system with this! *
Why: Do you feel like your body is off kilter, or that you have a lot of pent up energy, or not enough throughout your day? Earthing is a great way to reconnect yourself to the earth and help balance your energy levels.
How: Spend at least 30 minutes, everyday, outside in nature, BAREFOOT. Yes, barefoot, let there be nothing between yourself and the earth and let the earth energies and your energies even and balance out.
Why: Would you put filthy and tainted gas in your Maseratti? Absolutely not, so we should follow the same mindset when we decide on what we put in our bodies. By choosing a healthy vegan diet, we are supplying our body with the best fuel for us to thrive!
How: Research why people go vegan, and look up some vegan recipes that are out of this world! Replace 1 meal a day with a vegan, plant based meal, or go HAM and eat an entirely vegan diet for the month of August, and hopefully for the rest of your life!
Why: Modern day humans, especially Americans are chronically dehydrated, causing illness, drowsiness and lethargy. Drinking enough water is one of THE BEST things we can do to physically detox and put our bodies in a place for some amazing healing.
How: Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday for the entire month of August. (PRO TIP: get a reusable water bottle and calculate how many of them you would have to drink, to get your daily water intake and set reminders on your phone to drink, to help keep you on track!) *
Why: When was the last time you just danced to have fun, and let your inhibitions go? Most of us, when we dance are out on the dance floor, participating in some kind of mating ritual to attract a partner. *eye roll* That’s all well and good, but take time and dance to be well and feel good! HAVE FUN, get weird and just drop into the music.
How: Everyday for 30 minutes, give yourself a dance break, blast some music and dance by yourself, jam out and really show Stella how to get that groove back!
Why: Physical exercise is good for us, for so many obvious reasons, but this exercise detox is focused on the relationship between physical motion and how it helps free our mind. Move your body and move your mind, watch how your daily physical exercise increases your mental capacities and helps with mental clarity.
How: Everyday get in 1 hour of moderate to intense physical exercise and take note of how you feel mentally after your workouts!
Why: You can go weeks without food, days without water but only a minute without breathing. Well not for Wim Hof, he has proven to the world that the limits of the human body are not what we originally thought, and his techniques have been replicated and taught all over the world. Imagine hiking Mt. Everest in just your shorts and almost no equipment, well he did and he taught the breathing and meditation techniques to others, who went on to accomplish similar feats.
How: Google Wim Hof and find his techniques for free and practice his breathing exercises everyday, and keep an eye out for the blog post by one of our guest hosts, about his experience with adopting Hof’s techniques. *
Why: The sun essentially provides life to our entire planet. With out the sun there would be no life, no plants, no animals, not humans. It gives life to plants and sentient beings, the world over, and we rarely address the nourishment we get directly from the sun. We are constantly told that it’s bad for us, and while we do need to be safe with sun exposure, we should also be mindful with what benefits it has!
How: Check out this Sungazing how-to and GO SLOW! We absolutely don’t want any of you to over-do it and hurt yourselves! *
Why and How: “Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.” *
Why: Often times we find ourselves subconsciously censoring our expression at work, at home, and wondering how we fit into the world. Lets take this month to make the world that fits us. Lets be completely candid in our expression, and be unapologetically authentic.
How: Take the time this month to dive into our creative expression, maybe that means making a painting, or writing a song, or poem, or working on DIY projects. Everyday this month, make something new, or work everyday on one project and go into this with the mantra “first thought, best thought”
Why: Forgiveness is one of the ultimate keys to happiness, it frees us from past confrontation and allows us to make room in our lives for better things. Lets “clean house” and wipe the slate clean in our heart.
How: Read this blog post and look within yourself at what past things you are holding onto, that to this day are having a detrimental affect on your happiness. And remember to offer the blessing of forgiveness to yourself as well! Everyday assess your life and what you can forgive to move on and live your best life!
Why: They say that we are the sum of the five people closest to us. Who are you surrounded with? Are the people in your life, positive and supportive? Or are you surrounded by people who are negative and drag you down? Lets actively construct our inner circle to be the most supportive and positive environment possible.
How: Look at the people in your life; friends, family and significant others, and ask if they are positively contributing to your life with mutual love and support? Are they helping foster and environment for growth and happiness? If not can you limit your time with them? Should you cut ties with anyone, is there anyone that you should try and spend more time with? Be unapologetic in taking care of yourself and realize that some people are seasonal friends and others are lifetime connections. Discern between the two and go gracefully in this exploration.
Why: RAK, or Random Act of Kindness, is a great way to “spread the good vibes” and keep us in a high positive frequency. Intentionally spreading kindness, keeps us in a state of positivity!
How: Everyday preform one random act of kindness. Buy a stranger coffee, buy flowers and give them as a gift to a stranger, help someone who might be in need of something. If all else fails, fall back on the classic of “helping the old lady across the street.” Get creative with this, and by the end of the month you will have positively affected 30 people! How amazing is that!???
Why: This detox is similar to the RAK challenge in that it helps promote connection, cooperation and mutual respect. Are you fulfilled in life? Have you done anything to help another person recently? If you feel like there is more that you could do to help the world, force yourself into the position to, and you will find your inner peace.
How: Find an organization to volunteer at, a hospital, an animal human society, or rehabilitation/assisted living facility and ask what you can do to volunteer. As often as possible, go and lend a hand, and find that by putting yourself out there to help other people, you have immensely helped find your own inner peace.
Why: The media has a very skewed sense of what beautiful is, and when 90% of the population doesn’t fit that description we start to think that there is something wrong with us or wrong with our bodies. The truth is, YOUR BODY IS YOUR BODY AND YOU DECIDE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BEAUTIFUL.
How: Search out people who are spreading the idea of self-love, with the #bodypositive movement. Contemplate the practical uses and functions of your body, and see how your body works for you 100% of the time and start to thank you body for what it does, and then step out of that head space and examine your body an outside perspective and when feelings of guilt or shame come up, remind yourself of how much you love your body for doing all the things it does for you. Once you love your body enough on that level it’s easier to look at yourself and see your true beauty!
Why: Headphones, cellphones, sunglasses and even books are barriers between us and all the other amazing people in the world. Lets break down those barriers and let people in, and we will find the real beauty in others.
How: Everyday, have an intentional conversation with a stranger, maybe in the beginning of the month it could be a simple, “hey, weather’s really nice today, huh?” kind of thing, but try and work up to more substantial and authentic conversations, push past your social anxiety and see how it gets easier everyday! Who knows who you’ll meet, and what will happen! Let the magic happen!!!
Why: “With this detox we are going deeply inside our minds, habits and thoughts. Things will come to the surface that we may or may not want to know about ourselves, but will only help us stay that better version of ourselves. Much like learning a new card game, we will have to examine what we know and what can be learned.”
Why: “This practice was devised as a way to provide reconciliation and forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of the most profound spiritual practices there is. Through forgiveness, we release our attachment to external circumstances and instead align ourselves with the truth of soul.”
How: “There are many ways to perform Ho’oponopono, and you should find the unique way that works for you and your circumstances.” A quick google search can offer you insight into what HO’OPONOPONO means.
Why: Have you ever felt that you wanted to pursue something, or do something different in your life, but you stop yourself out of fear of failure or not being good enough? I know for a good amount of time in my life I have too often let fear dictate what I did, and I missed out on some beautiful experiences. When I started to learn to let go of fear and trust in the world, I found that magic happened all around me, all the time. This life is fucking amazing, and if we could just let go of our fears, we will discover how magical the world can be and how amazing our lives can be, if we let it.
How: Everyday ask yourself what your deepest desires and dreams are. Handwrite your list, and be sincere, your list might sound crazy, but the crazier the better! Now go through each one and ask what keeps you from living a life that includes that. What do you fear, that has stopped you? Now as yourself if these fears are actually founded in truth? Are they things that can be changed? Are these fears more mental, and if so is there a way to overcome them? Know your enemy as much as possible, to be as prepared to take them over. The only thing standing in your way is you! So ask yourself questions, and get to the root of these fears, and watch them disappear on their own, and then LIVE THAT BEST LIFE!
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