March 23, 2009

Good Morning Friends, Every culture has some kind of ritual for cleansing. It may begin with bodily purification which can purge old emotional baggage, useless thought patterns and up lift the spirit. Sometimes this occurs during a Lenten fast, or a low intake of food with an increase of cleansing liquids or detoxification baths, saunas, steam baths or a sweat lodge. Whatever the process, it seems to be useful for clearing out the old and creating an environment for increased health. When there is intention for all levels of healing: the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical there can be real transformation. We can emerge FEELING and BEING renewed. Some cleanse with the seasons, some with a spiritual calendar, some when the need for “clearing out” is evident. My question for today is: What are your cleansing rituals? How do you release the old and make room for the new? Next week Thursday I will embark on an adventure in Arizona for the second time in my life. I will be taking part in the Native American ceremony of purification, the sweat lodge. If you would like to read more about this, you can go to my website, click on retreats and then click on sweat lodge. There is an in depth and very well written article on the process and its significance. I am preparing this week, by setting intentions, focusing on healing and allowing myself to open to the mystery within. There are always surprises, as my deeper self continues to reveal itself to me. There is much excitement and little bit of fear that I may not be able to tolerate the heat. I will ask for assistance from something greater(spirits abound in the canyon) and will be in the gentle care of a seasoned practitioner who has done this ancient ritual many times. I am MORE EXCITED than afraid. “This is a good thing,” as Martha Stewart would say.


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March 18, 2009

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