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Last fall I was in a small shop in Boulder and saw a dish of safety pins on the counter where the “take a penny, leave a penny” dish usually is.  A note attached said something like this… take a safety pin and wear it as a reminder to ensure safety in your life and be willing to stand up for the safety and protection of others. I took one and wear it now.
I think sometimes we take advantage of the value of having safety and security in our lives, a roof over our heads and feeling protected in our relationships. We may also not be aware of not feeling safe or having allowed people, places, things or thoughts to be on autopilot that are really not promoting safety, security or positivity. I like the idea of a small totem in a common household gadget to remind us that we deserve to be safe, it is our right, to feel safe, to speak up to protect our safety, our children, to protect the people around us and stand up for what is right and good in the world. This includes speaking our mind and taking right action even if it goes against the grain. This includes positive self-talk as a norm not as an exception to the rule.
There are some associations with the safety pin movement as a post-election action or anti-support and an association as a white persons movement and not supported by some people. I see this as a “pro-kindness” movement and have the intention of using that as my motivation behind wearing a safety pin reminder. In kindness we can offer support, have confidence and courage to “ be the change in the world.”
We all need more kindness in our lives.
What can you do to support “pro-kindness?”
Do you feel safe? What offers you that in your life?
How can you participate in spreading that feeling to all people?

Much Love and Peace *


Grace~ Sending out kindness, 
Random acts of kindness to others and yourself 
            I read this article in the NY Times last year and saved it for this very day to share a sweet expression of human kindness. How a small act can change the course of someone’s life or your own!
Dear Diary, 
I witnessed a verbal altercation between two women on the subway today. One was about 60 years old; and the other was probably in her early 30’s.
The younger woman had a big bag around her shoulder and was holding onto a pole as the older woman entered the car.
“Don’t you dare push me” the older woman yelled.
“That is your perception,” the younger woman replied. “ I did no such thing. You bumped into my bag.”
The older woman insisted that the younger woman was wrong and escalated the argument. I tried to make eye contact with her to encourage her to calm down, because I could sense the situation was getting out of control.
Then, to my surprise, the younger woman did something remarkable while trying to keep her cool: She asked the older woman, “Do you need a hug?”
“Why yes I do,” the older woman said.
The two women embraced and forgave each other.
~Beth Bengualid
I love this, and for anyone that has spent time on the subways of NYC you can feel the energy in this exchange! One small turn of events, a change in approach, being open to receive, being willing to lean in…this is a beautiful display of grace.
Do you need a hug? Do you have one to share!
Compliment a stranger today, offer a smile and see what happens!
Are you open to receive?
Much Love and Peace *


I love this passage by Oprah and had to share…
I’ve always thought of myself as a seeker. And by that I mean my heart is open to seeing—in all forms—the divine order and exquisite perfection with which the universe operates.
I am beguiled by the mystery of life. As a matter of fact, on my nightstand I keep a book called In Love with the Mystery, by Ann Mortifee. It’s full of tranquil photographs and bite-sized reminders of the preciousness of the wondrous journey we’re all on.
Here’s one of my favorite passages:
“Let the power come. Let the ecstasy erupt. Allow your heart to expand and overflow with adoration for this magnificent creation and for the love, wisdom and power that birthed it all. Rapture is needed now—rapture, reverence, and grace.”
I find solace and inspiration in these words. Too often we block the power that is ever-present and available to us, because we’re so wrapped up in doing that we lose sight of being.
I often wonder what Steve Jobs saw when he uttered his last words: “Oh,wow. Oh, wow. Oh, wow.”
I wonder if it was the same vision the mother of a 26-year-old cancer patient shared on my show years ago. With his last breath, her son had said, “ Oh, Mom, it’s so simple.”
I believe we make our paths far more difficult than they need to be. Our struggle with and resistance to what is entangles us in constant chaos and frustration—when it’s all too simple. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And remember Newton’s third law of motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The energy you create and release in to the world will be reciprocated on all levels.
Our main job in life is to align with the energy that is the source of all energies, and to keep our frequency tuned to the energy of love. This I know for sure.
When that is your life’s work, mystery solved—or at least, the mystery no longer mystifies you. It only heightens the rapture, reverence, and grace.
~Oprah Winfrey, What I know for Sure: Awe, p.155.
Share the love today.
Are you committed to pure true love of self?
What do you need to do to align your head and heart and keep your frequency tuned to the energy of love?
Much Love and Peace *


 Humility is strength not weakness”
4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments
 ~by Joseph Grenny
Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.
As I closed the door to our huddle room, he came straight to the point, “Joseph, I’d like to offer you some feedback.”
I had expected a different agenda. But given my professions about candor in our culture, I was somewhat trapped. “Please do,” I said cautiously.
“Joseph, you are arrogant and difficult to work with. Your first inclination is to shoot down criticisms from me and others. That makes it impossible for me to do my job as an editor.” And with that, he was done. He looked at me calmly.
I compressed an hour’s worth of emotions and thoughts into mere seconds. I felt waves of shame, resentment, and anger. In my mind, I made a frenzied inventory of Dale’s defects — as though assembling a case to rebut an aggressive prosecutor. I fantasized briefly about firing him. My chest felt tight. My breathing was shallow. Through it all, I did my best to fake a composure I clearly did not feel. My tacit logic was that confessing hurt would telegraph weakness.
An overwhelming majority of the bad decisions I’ve made in my life were impulsive. They weren’t errors of faulty logic or ineffective deliberation. They were avoidable mistakes in moments when I was unwilling or unable to manage potent negative emotions. Likewise, the most consequential progress I’ve made in my development as a leader has been not in professional but in emotional competence.
The career-limiting habits I entered my profession with were a direct result of my inability to deal with emotions like anxiety, embarrassment, and fear. For example, I routinely procrastinated on tasks that provoked anxiety and a lack of confidence. I reacted defensively when embarrassed by criticism. And I struggled to speak up when my views were at odds with powerful colleagues.
The ability to recognize, own, and shape your own emotions is the master skill for deepening intimacy with loved ones, magnifying influence in the workplace, and amplifying our ability to turn ideas into results. My successes and failures have turned on this master skill more than any other.
But can you strengthen this core muscle of your emotional anatomy? If your impulses tend to override your intentions in cherished areas of life, is it possible to make the converse the norm?
Four practices have made an immense difference for me at important moments in my career, like this one when I faced “Dale.”
Own the emotion. Emotional responsibility is the precondition of emotional influence. You can’t change an emotion you don’t own. The first thing I do when struck by an overpowering feeling or impulse is to accept responsibility for its existence. My mental script is, “This is about me, not about that or them.” Emotions come prepackaged with tacit external attribution. Because an external event always precedes my experience of an emotion, it’s easy to assume that event caused it. But as long as I believe it was externally caused I am doomed to be a victim to my emotions.
For example, my anger following Dale’s criticism had nothing to do with Dale’s criticism. His statement could have corresponded to feelings of curiosity, surprise, or compassion as much as resentment and anger. The fact that I experienced the latter rather than the former was about me, not him.
Name the story. Next, you need to reflect on how you colluded with the initial event to create the present emotion. Emotions are the result of both what happens, and of the story you tell yourself about what happened. One of the powerful practices that helps me detach from and take control of my emotions is to name the stories I tell. Is it a victim story — one that emphasizes my virtues and absolves me of responsibility for what is happening? Is it a villain story — one that exaggerates the faults of others and attributes what’s happening to their evil motives? Is it a helpless story — one that convinces me that any healthy course of action (like listening humbly, speaking up honestly) is pointless? Naming my stories helps me see them for what they are — only one of myriad ways I can make sense of what’s happening. As I sat with Dale, I realized I was deep in victim and villain stories. I was thinking only of reasons he was wrong but not of how he was right — and I was attributing his criticism to his personal flaws, not his legitimate frustrations.
Challenge the story. Once you identify the story, you can take control by asking yourself questions that provoke you out of your victim, villain, and helpless stories. For example, I transform myself from a victim into an actor by asking, “What am I pretending not to know about my role in this situation?” I transform Dale from a villain into a human by asking, “Why would a reasonable, rational, and decent person say this?” and I transform myself from helpless into able by asking, “What’s the right thing to do now to move toward what I really want?”
As I pondered these questions in my interaction with Dale, I saw how my impatience and… gulp… arrogance, was a big part of why he was saying this. As I asked, “What is the right thing to do…” I felt an immediate release from resentment and anger. A calming humility emerged. And, I began to ask questions rather than present my defense.
Find your primal story. Over the years, I’ve wondered why the stories I tell myself are so predictable. In my research with hundreds of leaders, I’ve found that most people have habitual stories they tell in predictable circumstances as well. Early life experiences that we perceived at the time to be threats to our safety and worth become encoded in our potent memories.
For example, perhaps a classmate in second grade coaxed you to an unsupervised place in the schoolyard and bullied you in a traumatic way. A parent may have shown you less approval than a sibling. From these experiences, the most primal part of our brains code certain conditions as threatening — physically or psychically. And from that point forward, you don’t get to vote on whether you’ll react when those conditions are present. When a larger work colleague raises his voice, your brain might connect with the old bully experience. Or, when Dale accuses you of being arrogant, your parental criticism triggers flare. I’ve found greater peace over the years as I’ve become aware of the primal origin of the stories I tell — and learned to challenge the perception that my safety and worth are at risk in these moments. When my chest got tight sitting across from Dale, simply thinking, “This can’t hurt me” and “Humility is strength not weakness” had an immediate calming effect. Reciting a specific script in moments of emotional provocation weakens trauma-induced reaction that is not relevant in the present moment.
Dale and I worked together productively for years after this episode. I’ve failed as many of these moments as I’ve mastered — but by working intentionally on these simple exercises, my successes are far more common.
Do you have the ability to recognize, own, and shape your own emotions?
Own the emotion.
Name the story.
Challenge the story.
Find your primal story.
Much Love and Peace *


Laughter is the Best Medicine

In medical school I did an immunology study on laughter and how it affects our health. Norman Cousins was an inspiration to me for the project and I highly recommend in his book Anatomy of an Illness. A highly successful editor and affluent man in the world was diagnosed suddenly with a crippling disease called ankylosing spondylitis where the spine starts to fuse together and become rigid inhibiting most movement, is irreversible, extremely painful and deadly. He denied the diagnosis and was determined that stress was the cause and if stress could make him sick, de-stressing, or laughter could make him well. He convinced his doctor to allow him to engage in High dose Vitamin C dosing as well as laugh therapy. He watched funny moves, three stooges and enlightening humor from his hospital bed daily. He swore the only thing that rendered him pain free for 2 hours at a time enabling him to sleep was deep belly laughter for periods of time and daily. In six months he was walking again and in tow years in full remission and back at work!
If that isn’t enough for you!....studies have gone on to prove that laughter really is the best medicine. Your immunoglobulins(triggering positive immune responses) stay elevated for up to 48 hours after laughter or being exposed to humorous material. Subjects in a waiting room were allowed to watch funny videos or some what boring travel shows and then their blood was tested at that time, 20 minutes, 2 hours and 2 days later and sure enough the people who laughed and had a positive exposure had stronger immunity for up to 2 days!
What brings you humor and joy in your life?
How can you expose yourself to more rolling, deep belly laughs?
Funny movies. Old girlfriends and ridiculous stories. Fart machines always drop me on the floor laughing : )
Forget the vitamins, Laugh more!

Much Love and Peace *


Namaste ~ to honor the light in another person
Lettuce Be Grateful
By Natalie Fee
Whole Life Times, January 2009 | Life, the Universe and Everything
Something very beautiful happened to me the other day.

Something beautiful is happening all the time actually, but for the most part my mind is too busy thinking to notice. But on this particular afternoon, I did notice. While walking my son Elliot home from school, I was presented with a perfect opportunity to employ a technique I’d learned earlier that week from a CD by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. It was a simple way of practicing awareness — when a disturbing emotion arises, you stop, don’t act, and breathe. The idea is that the simple process of becoming aware of the emotion — be it anger, fear, sadness — is enough to begin a transformation, turning the emotion from “negative” into something more beneficial and useful.

In my case, I had a whining child pulling on my shopping-laden arms, demanding I hold his hand/carry his lunchbox/buy him a treat. And I felt angry. Angry that he could be so insensitive. So desirous of things. But instead of shouting or snapping, I took a deep breath. “Breathing in, I see I am angry. Breathing out, I see anger is present in me…” and so on.

I didn’t stop feeling angry there and then, but I did feel that just by shining the light of my awareness on the anger, I had set wheels in motion. Then I forgot all about it. We got home and did the usual play, dinner, bath, bed routine. Just before bed, he asked if he could look at a toy catalogue before I read him a story. Mistakenly, I said yes. Before long, he was crying about how he wanted it all now, wished his birthday was here now, and was beside himself with tears of frustration. 
I felt the anger rising in me again. But this time, I remembered something else I’d heard on the CD. It was the part where Thich Nhat Hanh talks about growing lettuces. He says, “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It’s the same with people. People are lettuces too.” 

With that premise in mind, I jumped on the bed, lay down next to Elliot, and started talking. I asked him if he knew what the word “grateful” meant. He didn’t. I explained it’s a feeling of “thank you” to someone or something. I asked him what had happened that day to make him feel “thank you” — and he started talking, telling me things about the day I’d not heard him mention before. I then shared what I was grateful for that day. Within a few minutes, Elliot had moved from angry and frustrated to happy and glad. And so had I. Then he fell into a peaceful sleep while I was still rambling on about something or other. 

It wasn’t until later that I realized what had happened that evening wasn’t a stand-alone event. It was part of a series of events. I’d heard the CD, which gave me new insight. I practiced the technique, which had — although I’d not felt it at the time — transformed some of my anger into wisdom. Then, later that night, I’d been able to apply that wisdom to a situation, which in turn brought peace to someone else, which in turn brought it back to me. And that’s the magic of awareness. It’s a truly transformative energy that can be used and cultivated by anyone. 

So now, I practice saying “thank you” with Elliot each night before bed. I’ve since taken some time to understand why Elliot was developing an unhealthy attitude towards toys and shopping and made some changes in my parenting approach. I realized that although I can’t protect him from consumerism, I can do things with him to help him be grateful for the things in life that aren’t things. Hopefully, in some small way, this will help him develop a sense of well-being and joy — no matter what toys he’s got. 

Parenting is increasingly becoming part of my meditation. Every situation becomes an opportunity to grow. Living life in this way turns even the most challenging circumstances into my guides — showing me parts of myself, in this case anger, that are ready to be transformed by the light of my awareness. Elliot is my teacher, as is anyone who brings up my negativity.

It reminds me of another quote from Thich Nhat Hanh:

“One day in Paris, I gave a lecture about not blaming the lettuce. After the talk, I was walking and overheard an eight-year-old girl telling her mother, ‘Mummy, remember to water me. I’m your lettuce.’ I was so pleased that she had understood my point completely. Then I heard her mother reply, ‘Yes, my daughter, and I am your lettuce also. So please don’t forget to water me, too.’ Mother and daughter practicing together. It was very beautiful.”
What are you thankful for?
Lettuce be grateful!
TED Talk: Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
Much Love and Peace *


Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts,
words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that
happiness and to that freedom for all”
Adapted from Jivamukti by Sharon Gannon
Let's look more closely at the meaning of each word of this invocational mantra:
lokah: location, realm, all universes existing now
samastah: all beings sharing that same location
sukhino: centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering
bhav: the divine mood or state of unified existence
antu: may it be so, it must be so (antu used as an ending here transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge)
This is a prayer each one of us can practice every day. It reminds us that our relationships with all beings and things should be mutually beneficial if we ourselves desire happiness and liberation from suffering. No true or lasting happiness can come from causing unhappiness to others. No true or lasting freedom can come from depriving others of their freedom. If we say we want every being to be happy and free, then we have to question everything that we do-how we live, how we eat, what we buy, how we speak, and even how we think.
Karma means "action." It covers all actions-thought, word, and deed. The law of karma says that for every action there is a reaction. Albert Einstein was reminding us of the law of karma when he pointed out that space is curved. Whatever is thrown out there will eventually, but inevitably, find its way back to its origin. So we should be careful about what we choose to think, say or do, because we will be revisited by our actions in due time.
We each weave our own tangled web of karma and will most certainly become entangled in it, as our reality is being created from our own actions. When we chant, speak or even just think the words lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu, if we include all the other animals with whom we share this planet in our concept of "all beings," including the animals we use for food, we can start to create the kind of world we want to live in - a kind world.
The first step toward understanding the link between how we treat others and our own happiness and liberation is to look at the deeper aspects of what our actions or karma are revealing.
-Sharon Gannon, adapted from Yoga & Vegetarianism
Adapted from Jivamukti by Sharon Gannon
What can you take from these last 40 days to move forward and be happy and free?
What can you leave behind as you move forward?
Where are your actions taking you?!

~Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Listen Here! Beautiful~ 

 Thank you for going on this journey with me! I am so grateful for your dedication and participation. It has been a long road, sometimes bumpy and sometimes quite liberating. I would love to hear your feedback on how your process went and how to make it better in the future. If you have time please fill me in! You canemail me and give a quick top three pros and cons or any expression of you that works best. I would be so honored.
Until next time!  I will leave you with this poem:
For A New Beginning
     By John O'Donohue
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plentitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
Namaste ~ Much Love and Peace *



 We are well on our way into biological and physical detox. Over 2 weeks in and we have discovered or uncovered why we are here, ways we can support ourselves in the process with breath work and meditation, as well as the organs of detox and how they interconnect to our bodies on multiple levels. Now lets circle back to some basics: food, water, sleep. The next 3 days will focus on how do you nourish yourself, your relationship to food, self-care and deep rest and relaxation.


One of the biggest rituals we do every day, multiple times a day, is eat. We spend a decent amount of time thinking about food, talking about food, preparing food. Shopping for food, cleaning up after food and eating food, meals by ourselves, with others, as a family, in the car, on the go and as a ceremony.
Changing food habits for any extended period of time 3 days to 40 days takes a COMMITMENT. A choice, to change habits, and create change in our lives on a deeper level. No one can do it for you. You have to choose and have a choice that comes from a deep level of internal commitment. Once you choose and create a non-negotiable regimen in regards to eating patterns for a committed period of time you will be able to create a new sense of self-expression, a new way to fill space. This relationship allows things to open up and the commitment will and can give you freedom. In a recent talk Kia Miller quoted a Indian Saint as saying, “Commit like a man who’s hair is on fire seeks a pond” and see what happens on a heart and soul level, deeper than just the mind.
What is your relationship to food?
Do you eat to survive, food as fuel?
Do eat food you enjoy?
Do you eat food for comfort?
Do you NOT eat as a form of restriction, punishment or denial of self-care?
How do you feel after eating certain foods?
How do you feel on this detox?
What is your energy like?
Do you use food as medicine?
Do you need to redefine your relationship with food?
How can you nourish yourself, respectfully, in a kind, caring way, in regards to  food?
What are your commitments?
Much Love and Peace *


Water Water Water! We cant talk about nourishment with out including water.

  • Water is the main constituent making up your body weight up to 75%!

  • Encompassing all of our cells, water carries nutrient and oxygen to the cells and maintains homeostasis between the electrolytes in our body. It helps rid toxins from the body through the kidneys and liver to flush out waste.

  • Dehydration affects brain health…it helps you think more clearly, stay focused and increases alertness & memory ….85% of your brain is water and

…happy brain happy body!

  • Lean muscle and bones are over 90% water. It increases energy supplying our muscles with fluidity and fuel, lubricating the joints.

  • It eases digestion, absorption of food as well as elimination.

  • It boosts our immune system by keeping all of the cells functioning properly and enhances intracellular communication.

  • Staying hydrated slows aging…it keeps you looking and feeling younger.

  • Thirst can be mistaken for hunger so try a glass of water before each meal.

  • A 5% decrease in hydration leads to 25% reduction in energy.

  • A main cause of headache, irritability, constipation, fatigue, dry skin and itchy eyes….dehydration

How much is enough? A good rule to go by is to drink 1/2 or your body weight in fluid ounces each day plus an additional 8 ounces for every 20 minutes of aerobic activity and an additional 8 ounces for any "vice", i.e caffeine, sugar, etc. Test it out, you may need more or less.
Don’t get dehydrated. This is a form of neglect and lack of self-care.
The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto, A must read!  A remarkable experiment acknolwdeing how our words, thoughts and daily exposures affect us on a cellular level. The cells in our body, primarily made up of water are energetically and vibrationally changed based on what and who we are exposed to, what our concentrated thoughts are. “The implications of this research create a new awareness of how we can positively impact the earth and our personal health.” 
“I particularly remember one photograph. It was the most beautiful and delicate crystal that I had so far seen – formed by being exposed to the words “love and gratitude.” It was as if the water had rejoiced and celebrated by creating a flower in bloom. It was so beautiful that I can say that it actually changed my life from that moment on.”
Much Love and Peace *
PS: Fun Facts!

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world population)

  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

  • One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day (half of that coming from food and drinks other than plain water) could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?


Rest and Relaxation
Sleep. One of the basic human needs we all have. Some need more, some need less, but we all need it or we will die or start to go somewhat crazy!
How do you sleep?
Do you honor that time and experience?
Do you really allow yourself space for winding down at the end of the day, stopping forward thinking, shutting off the iPhone or TV shows and invite in relaxation?
Do you fall asleep well? Stay asleep?
Do you dream, have nightmares?
What does your sleep and dreamworld tell you?
Are you comfortable? Do you need a new pillow or mattress?
Are you in pain? Do you need body work to balance physical ailments?
Do certain foods or drinks affect your sleep?(alcohol can really do it causing early am waking, 3 am, blood sugar surge and drop)
Are you sleeping better on the detox?
Do you wake up hungry? Are you eating enough to sustain sleep?
Do you wake rested?
What is your energy like in the day?
Do you need caffeine or think you need it?
Create space and give attention to your sleep patterns, sleep hygiene, and sleep support. Getting well rested at night will promote grounded energy in the day and the ability to tap into a restful, grounded state to maintain relaxation within the parasympathetic nervous system versus the sympathetic nervous system. Lack of sleep, unrestful sleep, not enough hours of sleep before midnight, technology and TV before bed, alcohol and caffeine will all stimulate the sympathetic “fight or flight” nervous system and get you wired although tired and keep you there.
What can you do to get rested and sleep deeply? 
What can you undo or get rid of to support sleep self-care?
Much Love and Peace * Sweet Dreams


This detox process is really about self-care and self-awareness. The physical component of using diet changes and limitations is to clear the pathways so we can delve in to the deeper levels of heart and soul desires. Clarity comes when we are no longer addicted, reliant on or trapped by food choices/routine choices and must haves or cant haves. These habits aren’t really even choices any more they are just automatic responses, going on auto-pilot, cruise control. Letting go of daily caffeine alone always surprises me at how much I relied on it, felt I had to have it or would just collapse and die, but in ridding it from my daily habit and routine, I am FREE! There is so much freedom in not needing, wanting, forcing, falling into the trap of blind routine.
The goal here is to pay attention and BREAK FREE of habitual, repetitive actions and find liberation. To engage in actions that take us out of our conditioned behavior to create inner peace and contentment. This takes courage and energy. This takes choice and commitment. There is discomfort and fear in the unknown and ease in repetition. To change and grow we need to do things differently and challenge ourselves to engage in radical action. Let go of fear and repetition to get connected to your own inner truth. In that place you will find clarity and radiance
This may be one of the biggest concepts in this whole process. You are primed for it! Daily practice of meditation and breath work can be paramount to engage and accelerate in this process and promote self, promote clarity. I hope you are keeping up with your mantra and meditation if it resonates with you.
At the half way point lets take some time to see what has actually changed and shifted for better or worse and be radically honest with ourselves with what has not!
What actions are you taking to BREAK FREE of routine?
What changes are you making towards liberation and self care?
What is serving you that you can commit to and what can you let go of?
Are you being honest with yourself in your choices or are you just passing time, indirect deception of self?
Much Love and Peace *


Day 20 Check In/Full Moon

Half Way !!!! You did it! It is all down hill from here.

Lets use today as a pause, a freebie day to just check in, pull our heads up and look around a little bit.

How are you doing?
What are the pros and cons of this cleanse in regards to dietary habits or limitations?
Do you feel an freedom on your life or expansion in regards to self care?
Have you opened yourself up to any new discoveries of what you really need or desire in your life?

I am definitely feeling challenged by the diet. I cant seem to keep up with the cooking and eating to avoid feeling loopy and hypoglycemic. I am hoping my body will hit some type of "re-set" button with out grains and legumes OR I just may be someone who needs those things in my diet. Undecided. I am willing to stick with it for this short time and see what happens. I am not loving it to say the least. I feel like I am eating to survive but not really enjoying it. I love to eat and want to love to eat so I will be happy when I can make some rice :)

What I am loving is the space it has opened up for me to address self - care. I have been able to commit to shutting my computer off and not opening it even ONCE  two days a week and possibly a third depending on work. In place of technology those days I do yoga, I cook meals, I read, I play with my kids and just sit with them and be together. I love it. I have also noticed a very significant change in my energy level that has had me a bit confused the last 3 weeks. I cant say my energy is "better" as in more energy but it is better because I am more grounded. The resonation of  my normal internal speed kept me in a constant hum of go go go, running on adrenaline and a OCD type drive to get every dish washed, every chart completed, every email answered, all tasks must be completed or bust, dont sleep or breathe just DO. I dont feel that. I feel settled. I feel grounded. I feel good. ...and I still get everything done I just do it at a different pace and in a new routine. I think I have tuned out to tune in! 

I would love to hear from you and trade stories with the group. Please share!

You are amazing!!!

I encourage you to do another moon ritual in honor of your radiance, in honor of “letting go ” or in honor of “calling in” the things you want to manifest or radiate in your life.
Full Moon’s are really harvest time, a time for you to reap all that you have sown in the last month and to finally release and let go of things that no longer serve you.
In many ways, Full Moon’s allow you to cut down what you no longer need and to benefit from all the hard work you have put in to manifesting during the New Moon.
Full Moon’s are a potent time, and on a deeper level they activate us to merge with our full potential. They also help us to see things in a new light and often they can reveal things to us.
Full Moon Letting Go Ritual
This ritual is perfect for letting go and releasing all that no longer serves you.
You will need:

  • A small bowl of water

  • 1 blue or white candle

  • Paper and pen

  • Sage for burning

  1. Find a sacred space, preferably under the light of the Full Moon where you will not be disturbed

  2. Smudge your aura and your area using the sage or any other cleansing medium that you prefer

  3. Light the candle and give thanks to Mother Moon, have your bowl of water near the candle

  4. Write down on the paper all that no longer serves you or things that you want to release. This could include attitudes, emotions, relationship ties, illness, habits, addictions, etc.

  5. State what you want to release aloud and take a deep breath, as you exhale imagine whatever you want to let go floating away

  6. Place the paper into the candle (be safe!) and watch it burn. When it becomes too hot to touch, drop it into the water.

  7. Once the paper has become soggy, throw the water and paper into the garden. If your paper doesn’t dissolve you can also throw it away.

  8. Be sure to thank the Moon and the Universe after your ritual is completed

You can adapt this ritual to suit your needs and your own intuition. There is no right or wrong here, so just go with the flow and see what inspirations come to you.
Happy Full Moon!
Tanaaz Chubb Creator, Forever Conscious 
Much Love and Peace *


Don’t Let your BIOGRAPHY become your BIOLOGY? If your life story has created who you are to the point where you say the words, tell the story, walk the walk, and believe the talk in a hypnotic way then that story has had the potential to change you on a cellular level and create imbalances in the body especially if the predominant story or emotions are impacting you in a negative way. Go Deep. Who wrote this story, did you, parents, intimate relationships? Based on what events? Is it truth? Do you believe it and why? Is this an agreement you have blindly accepted without even really knowing its truth or impact? 
Is it time to rewrite the script?!
Spend some time reflecting on this. Imagine if you went back in time and were confronted with forks in the road at different times in your life. Would you have taken the same road or an alternate ? What would be different? What would you change and why? What can you do to change it now or change your perception of it? Do you need to change it at all? Are you free to accept those paths and move forward uninhibited? How can you live your life now and what are you doing now so that the path you are living is in alignment with who you truly are?
Much Love and Peace *


This is day two of stepping into this topic of who we really are based on our core beliefs as TRUTH and not who we are based on HABIT, our story, or who other people think we are. To tap into to your core belief system connect to your inner sense of self to find your baseline, your stable inner ground, ask the child inside of you what is really important. A deep inner connection will allow you to then radiate out, life can become effortless, your radiance will speak for you, it is a natural process of just being. This inner work will keep you connected and in sync with the daily power of the universe.
Think of the radiance and beauty in nature. It just is.
What is important to you?
What are your core beliefs? List three.
Are your decisions/actions in alignment with those beliefs?
What is your “nature,” your natural state of being?
Much Love and Peace *


Connection and Relationships to Others
Clean house in 2018. At times of change, changes in seasons, change in diet and habits it is a great time to clean house. Dust off the cobwebs. Rearrange things and look at them differently with fresh eyes. This is something you may have already been drawn to do physically in your house or environment as well as in connection to others.
Get clear this year on your relationships to others and how you interact. Create or change your relationships to make sure you feel safe, that you feel seen, and allow yourself to lovingly express your truth. Move away from the unspoken and illusion and move towards truth and authentic power.
As Yogi Bhajan says, to realize “ and recognize the other person is me.”

Are there relationships in your life you need to end or make efforts to change?
Are there conversations you need to have with certain people to improve your communication or set boundaries ?
Do you need to walk away from anyone in your life or let anyone go in order to meet your potential?
What do you need to do, what action do you need to take, to make sure you are living up to your best self and holding ground with solid connection to others?

Much Love and Peace *


Service to Others
Inner cleansing can activate and elevate energy so you are primed to recognize your purpose in life and how you can realign with your soul purpose. In this process, your true purpose will reveal how you can be of service to others. In your true being, in the act of just being you, you can uplift and elevate all those you come in contact with. You can walk into a room and have a positive influence on people with out even saying a word.

What makes you shine?
What is your innate beauty? 
What you were born doing well and just radiate that quality?
What have you worked really hard on to do well that positively impacts your life and others

What do you do effortlessly that has a positive impact on the universe?
List 5 things you do great!

How can you use that to be of service to others?
What is your true purpose, is it in alignment with your actions?

If you haven’t started already I find that Kundalini yoga is a catalyst for this process. To elevate and activate your inner light ~To elevate and activate your inner energy body and exude radiance!
Raj Yoga Studio is local to Boulder to participate in weekly classes. Highly recommended.

Kia Miller is absolutely the best teacher I can recommend to introduce you to this practice on-line. She has classes on yogaglo if you are not able to see her locally (California) or in workshops. She comes to Boulder every summer for Hanuman Festival. 
Much Love and Peace *



Over a week down! Great job. Please keep using your mantra and or breath-work daily as we progress. Now we move on to some of the biology. We will learn about the physical organs of detoxification, how they function in the body and how we can best support them. Much of this is to just create knowledge about the body and how it links with the mind and with-in the mind. Our mental emotional and spiritual bodies are deeply woven and inter-connected with our physical bodies. Food for thought!


Organs of Detox: LIVER
Patients always ask me about the liver, what does the liver do?...the real question is what DOESN’T the liver do? The liver cleans the blood, removes and breaks down toxins, produces bile, governs all the hormones, is the only organ that can regenerate its own cells. The liver is the workhorse of the body and metabolic functions. It is a filter for our entire blood volume about 1500ml of blood get filtered every minute! The liver does too many things to list.

  • After you read this think about if your emotions have changed?

  • Any anger coming up?

  • Look in the mirror at how white and clear your eyes are!

  • Want to eat more foods to support the liver? Go for it! Great choices are beets, burdock root, dark leafy greens, mustard greens, kale, spinach, cilantro, parsley, cucumbers, ginger

  • Yoga poses to support the liver and detoxification

I love this TCM perspective form Shen Nong:
In western physiology, the liver is responsible for a number of important body functions, including the production and excretion of bile, which is used to break down fat and the detoxification of blood. However, according to TCM, the liver's functions are different. They include control of the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system over which a person does not have voluntary control), and the circulatory system. In addition, the liver is responsible for vision. 

"The liver rules flowing and spreading." 
In TCM, the liver promotes flowing and spreading movements. By stimulating flow, the liver adjusts and ensures the smooth movement of qi, blood and body fluids, and spreads these substances to the entire body. There are three functional aspects of the liver's "flowing and spreading" activity: regulating qi, regulating emotions and enhancing the digestive properties of the spleen. 

Regulating qi movement 

The activities of the organs and meridians are dependent on qi movement. The flow and spread of qi throughout the body are in turn dependent on the regulatory functions of the liver. If the liver is not functioning properly, qi flow is interrupted, which can lead to disharmony and imbalance. When this becomes marked, disease and other health problems ensue. 

Regulating emotions 

The liver balances emotions. Normal emotional health depends on the harmony of qi and blood. When the liver keeps qi flowing smoothly, a relaxed internal, emotional environment is created. If liver disharmony results in stagnant liver qi, emotional disturbances like depression and anger can occur.

Enhancing the digestive power of spleen 

The liver's flowing and spreading functions also adjust the digestive functions of spleen. If the liver is not functioning properly, the movement of spleen qi is not smooth. Consequently, the transformation and transportation of digested food will be affected, leading to abdominal pain, nausea, belching, diarrhea and other complications. 

"The liver stores the blood."
The liver is also responsible for storing and regulating blood flow. When a person moves or exercises, the blood leaves the liver and goes to the part of body that needs it. The blood returns to the liver to be stored, when a person rests. If a person has insufficient blood available for storage in the liver, their eyes will not be adequately nourished and will become rough and dry. Dizziness can also occur. 

"The liver opens into the eyes." 
The eyes have a close relationship with the liver; because, they are connected to the liver meridian. The ability to see depends on the nourishment of the eyes from blood stored in the liver, and many liver disorders are reflected in the eyes. For example, insufficient liver blood can lead to blurred vision. "Dampness and heat" of the liver and gall bladder, a condition known in western medicine as jaundice, manifests as yellow eyes. 

"The liver rules the tendons and is manifested in the nails." 
The proper movement of tendons, which attach muscle to bone, is closely related to liver function. If the blood stored in the liver is insufficient and incapable of nourishing the tendons, symptoms like spasms, numbness of limbs and difficulty bending or stretching occur. Fingernail and toenail health is also dependent on the nourishment of blood from the liver. If the liver blood is sufficient, nails will appear pink and moist. If it is insufficient, the nails will become thin, brittle and pale. 
Much Love and Peace *


Organs of Detox: LARGE INTESTINE
The large intestine on a physical level helps us remove waste from the body and integrate the assimilated or “digested” information via food from the body. If you suffer from constipation or mal-digestion it may be reflecting some mental emotional areas in your life.

  • Are you having trouble letting go?

  • Are you having a hard time digesting what it is going on in your life?

  • Are you holding in emotions or pain since childhood that reflects your bowels?

Detoxification and changing your diet habits can change your bowel patterns at first. When you eat less or remove sugars and caffeine your bowels move more slowly at first.

  • Make sure your bowels are moving, with at least one bowel movement per day

  • To enhance bowel action you can add 1-3T of GROUND flax seeds to food/drink daily. Mix in applesauce, or smoothies or shake in water.

  • Daily to weekly enemas can be used if needed.

  • You may want to set up an appointment for a colonic at some point during the cleanse to support this process.

  •  Try the breathing exercise below and see if things get moving!
    Much Love and Peace *

  • Exercise: Get Stuck Energy Moving Again with Large Intestine Exercise
    If you are feeling bottled up or stuck in negative relationship patterns, look to your large intestine for some wisdom about how to get life moving in a positive direction again. 
    According to energy medicine, the Large Intestine Meridian affects, and is affected by, our relationships and feelings. Our ability to digest life's information and release things which no longer serve us is dependent on having a healthy colon. 
    When the Large Intestine Meridian becomes congested or closed down it can manifest in a number of ways. Some people have a hard time moving on from difficult situations, or hold very tightly to harmful emotions even though they know they are harming themselves. 
    Holding onto painful feelings or patterns can also manifest as an unwillingness to betray or share our emotions with others. "Bottling up" our emotions is a common cause of chronic constipation. 
    When your Large Intestine meridian energy is strong and balanced, you are organized—in your thinking and your physical space. You are clear headed and free of pollutants, both physically and mentally. 
    If your Large Intestine Meridian energy is unbalanced, your ability to discern and discriminate can get confused. Physically you may become constipated. Mentally your thinking may become clouded. And your ability to discern or make good judgements becomes impaired. 
    Large Intestine Meridian energy allows us to let go of patterns of negative thinking, destructive emotions, and spiritual blockages. When Large Intestine energy is compromised, it's harder to discern or move on from difficult situations. We end up holding tight, literally and figuratively, to toxic emotions and situations. 
    Here is a Large Intestine Meridian exercise you can use whenever you are feeling sad, indecisive or stuck in a negative situation. 

    Abdominal Breathing Intestine Massage 
    For better energy, improved digestion and glowing skin, perform this easy, relaxing belly breathing exercise to release stress, increase circulation and relieve constipation. 
    Lying, sitting or standing in a comfortable position, place both hands over your belly with your thumbs pointing toward your navel and your two index fingers touching so they form a triangle, covering the area from your navel to your pubic bone. 
    You can also contract and relax your rectal muscles during this exercise to gather energy and warmth more quickly. 
    Begin by Inhaling as you push your abdomen outwards until you feel pressure, like blowing up a balloon. 
    Next, exhale completely, slowly pulling your abdomen back in toward your spine. 
    Hold each inhale and exhale for two to three seconds each. 
    Repeat this circuit 100 times at first. You can gradually increase the number of repetitions to 300. 
    This is a highly relaxing yet stimulating intestinal exercise. When you have completed your circuits, take time to balance your energy by lying or sitting still for several minutes. 
    You can balance your energy further by drinking several glasses of water after this exercise. 


Organs of Detox: LUNGS
The mind will follow the breath*
Keeping your breath even and full will calm your thoughts.
The Lungs are such amazing parts of the body. They are much bigger than you would think rising up to an apex above the clavicle on either side of your neck, widen through the whole width of the torso and reach down expanding and contracting by the diaphragm, protected by the ribcage. Inhale/Exhale
I often forget that the lungs communicate with the outside world, every breath you take. Some practices of medicine consider the lungs the second skin. Suppression to the skin ie hydrocortisone on eczema will drive that expression of inflammation to the lungs and can appear as asthma and in reverse, steroid inhalers, will push lung inflammation to the skin. A deep connection. Inhale/Exhale
Grief is represented in the lungs. It is so common to get a respiratory infection or pneumonia when experiencing grief. Hard to take breaths when grieving. Hard to cry. Short, shallow breaths, incomplete breaths lead to anxiety. Deep sighs of relief can come with release of grief and emotions. Inhale/Exhale
How are you breathing?
Do your ribs and belly rise and fall?
Can you feel air flow up into your upper chest and clavicles rise?
Do you breath quick, shallow breaths?
Are you anxious and searching for air?
Focus on the breath and see where is takes you.
Can you EXPAND?  Can you RELEASE anything?
Can you inhale and exhale in equality? Having the length of the inhale match the exhale, 8 seconds in, 8 seconds out and maintain that for a therapeutic amount of time?
If you need some reminders on the power of breath go back and look at Day 8.
Practice your breathwork/pranayama. Make a commitment to it and feel the positive changes. Inhale/Exhale
Much Love and Peace *


Organs of Detox: KIDNEYS
The kidneys are the long lost forgotten organs of detoxification. They transport vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glucose, hormones, enzymes and other substances throughout your body via water. They regulate our blood pressure, electrolytes and remove waste.
Drink Water, More than you think!
The kidneys sit in the back body just where the rib cage ends posteriorly. Above them sits an adrenal gland one on each side, ready to go into fight or flight mode if needed. In chinese medicine the kidneys are associated with the FEAR emotion. Ever been so scared you pee in your pants?
Fear and emotions are an indicator of one’s state of health.  If you have one particularly dominating emotion, after an extended period of time if it remains locked in the body without being fully felt, acknowledged and allowed to move on, then this emotion will wreak havoc and manifest physical illness within the body.
Fear causes pain and disease in the kidneys, adrenals, and lower back and creates favorable conditions for uri-nary tract disorders and incontinence. When one is afraid, the body contracts in self-protection. The circulation of blood and breath slows down, resulting in conditions of excess and stagnation in the core and depletion in the periphery. A common sign of this is cold hands and feet. One is literally "frozen with fear."
Chronic fear and stress; cause the adrenals to secrete large amounts of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which signal the cells to break down and release glucose into the bloodstream. Over extended periods of time this depletes our energy reserves, we become weak and fatigued, develop insulin dysregulation, leading to "adrenal burnout." The body's reservoir of hormones is not infinitely deep. You must make time to rest and regenerate and RELEASE FEAR.
Do you engage in fear based living? Why? What does it stem from?
This includes fear based thought patterns and self talk.
Is it learned or has it developed from detrimental life experiences?
Are you living in fight or flight mode?
Do you have any fears and phobias?
What do you do for rest and relaxation?
Drink alcohol? Or Drink water?
What can you do to support the kidneys and decrease fear response?
Much Love and Peace *


Organs of Detox: SKIN
Our skin is our largest organ. It interacts with the outside world and connects to our internal neural pathways in such an amazing way. It is so resilient and so revealing. Toxins are released through the skin so during this detoxification process you may notice skin changes, acne, rashes, and eventually overall skin improvement in tone, moisture, quality and turgor. We absorb nutrients and toxins through the skin so the golden rule is if you can eat it you can put it on your skin. You will absorb it. Have you ever used topical hormones creams, patches(nicotine, birth control), they are highly absorbed through the skin so if you are putting poor quality, lotions and ointments on your skin you are absorbing it into your bloodstream. Read labels and see if you need to revamp your beauty products to lower toxic load. Coconut oil and almond oil are great moisturizers.
Helping the mind help the skin
Not everyone responds emotionally through the skin, nor do all people react the same way to having a skin problem. But evidence suggests that in some people, psychological issues often intersect with skin physiology, and treating both may offer the best chance for improvement. …Read More
Beauty From the Inside Out: Skin Disorders, Stress and Aging …Read More

  • Detox through the skin. You release toxins through the skin as well so any increase in sweating through exercise, steam or saunas can enhance detoxification.

  • Clean and scrub skin nightly to remove dead skin cells and increase circulation. Try dry brushing an Ayurvedic technique.

  • Treat yourself to a massage at the end of the detox to reward your body for all its hard work and nourish your skin.

Is there anything your skin is telling you?
Anything that makes you crawl out of your skin?
What gives you chicken skin?
Are you hypersensitive to heat, cold, pain by touch?
Do you have acne, rashes, eczema, hives?
What can you relate to in your life to your skin health and or skin changes?
Much Love and Peace *


Organs of Detox: Thyroid
I know the thyroid gland is not classically thought of as an organ of detoxification but it is highly affected indirectly by our organs of detox and our hormones as well as detox pathways that I felt inclined to talk about it. I see an increasingly larger and larger number of thyroid patients each year, primarily women, and what used to almost always have some genetic patterning now seems to be without direct cause.
The thyroid’s main role in the endocrine system is to regulate your metabolism, which is your body’s ability to break down food and convert it to energy. Food essentially fuels our bodies, and our bodies each “burn” that fuel at different rates. This is why you often hear about some people having “fast” metabolism and others having “slow” metabolism.
The thyroid keeps your metabolism under control through the action of thyroid hormone, which it makes by extracting iodine from the blood and incorporating it into thyroid hormones. Every other cell depends on the thyroid to manage its metabolism.
I see a common triad of thyroid imbalance and its relationship to sex hormones and adrenal stress. This is the key, every cell depends on the thyroid for its management, so if the thyroid is imbalanced things are going to start to get out of alignment. The thyroid is placed at the base of the throat in the sternal notch joining the clavicles to the sternum.
In essence the thyroid is the bridge between the head and the body, it is sitting on our vocal cords, allowing ease in swallowing and processing food and drinks, managing our body temperature and metabolism. It is our mind body connection.
Are your mental thoughts and the actions in your body aligned?
Are you speaking your truth? Speaking your mind?
Are you able to nourish and feed your self with ease and fuel your metabolism or is there a blockage? Trouble swallowing?
Do you run hot or cold? Temperature dysregualtion?
Do you lose or gain weight easily? Does it make a difference if you are feeling joy or depression in your life at that time?
How To Heal Your Thyroid Naturally With Yoga Shoulderstand
Much Love and Peace *

Day 15
Organs of Detox: Gut~Brain Connection
“If all else fails heal the gut! “ ~A keystone of naturopathic medicine. I had to post this recent article from John Hopkins honoring this fundamental principle of naturopathic medicine. 

The Brain-Gut Connection
Anxiety and depression have been thought to contribute to gastro conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A Johns Hopkins expert explains how what’s going on in your gut could be affecting your brain.
Can Food Affect Your Mood?
Although there is a lot of folklore around this subject (particularly with spices such as pepper and curcumin or teas), there is really not enough rigorous science to make practical recommendations. A basic healthy diet is really important. Beyond that, listen to your gut. Your nervous system and gut may be wired to react to certain foods, and you may feel better if you avoid them. If you’ve ever come back after lunch and felt tired, nauseous, or a little “fuzzy,” your enteric nervous system may be reacting to something you ate—and sending signals to your brain. 
If you’ve ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt “butterflies in your stomach” when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an unexpected source: your second brain.  Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut” is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.  
Scientists call this little brain the enteric nervous system (ENS). And it’s not so little. The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.
What Does Your Gut’s Brain Control?
Unlike the big brain in your skull, the ENS can’t balance your checkbook or compose a love note. “Its main role is controlling digestion, from swallowing to the release of enzymes that break down food to the control of blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption to elimination,” explains Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, whose research on the enteric nervous system has garnered international attention. “The enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain—with profound results.”
The ENS may trigger big emotional shifts experienced by people coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional bowel problems such as constipationdiarrhea, bloating, pain and stomach upset. “For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to these problems. But our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around,” Pasricha says. Researchers are finding evidence that irritation in the gastrointestinal system may send signals to the central nervous system (CNS) that trigger mood changes.
“These new findings may explain why a higher-than-normal percentage of people with IBS and functional bowel problems develop depression and anxiety,” Pasricha says. “That’s important, because up to 30 to 40 percent of the population has functional bowel problems at some point.”

This takes us back to the basics, “You are what you eat.”
Use food as medicine.
What is your mind telling you about your gut, anxiety, depression?
What is your gut telling you about your mind, IBS, gas, bloating, constipation?
Much Love and Peace *


My first blog for the detox group so we can make comments anonymously or otherwise to support and inform each other. Please let me know if you note any broken links or errors. I have done my best to check but will be going through things one day at a time just like you!


DAYS 1-8:

Lets start with some basics and set the stage as to why you are here and what you expect to get out of it.


Please spend the day reflecting on what detox is to you.
What does it mean? Why are you here?
What is it you are seeking mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually to change or find clarity in over the next 40 days.
If you could wave a magic wand and wake up and have that thing, or that essence, appear and be present in your life what would it be?
Once we know what we want, or what we want to change, then we can achieve it!
We all learn and operate in different ways. Push yourself today to create the environment around this question to really find out what the answer is. Hold yourself accountable to what that is. If you are a writer, journal it. If you are a talker, talk and brain storm with friends or family to dig in to this deeper. If you are an artist create a vision board.
Figure out exactly what you want to get out of this and why, be honest and clear.
I hope the whole 30 or modified diets are off to a good start!
Much Love and Peace *

TIP! Caffeine:
If you are a coffee/caffeine drinker start weaning off now, from 3 cups to one cup. Coffee to black tea, Black tea to green tea, to hot lemon water or herbal teas. I find the caffeine headaches and low mood withdrawal the worst so this may help ease the start of the detox come Day 1. I expect you to experience better energy, better eating habits, less sugar cravings, and improved sleep. Just do it, break the habit…..and see what happens!
TIP! Document Your Experience:
Get a journal or create a writing space you can go to to write things down, changes, goals, thoughts, observations, doodles. Monitor changes, sensations, progress and pitfalls. This is more than just a “detox,” this is a lifestyle change to help you recognize obstacles to health involved in the mental and emotional changes as well as the physical. Our relationship to food as well as health move far beyond the physical so DIVE IN! Literally with a pen in your hand on paper to stimulate neurons and connections in a way we just don’t get on a computer. Use colored pens, draw, use your non-dominant hand. Get creative.
TIP! Get Organized:
Clean out the closet and take out the trash! A detox is the perfect time to cleanse inside and out and get rid of unnecessary clutter that symbolically may be an obstacle to your full potential.
TIP! Rest:
Do not underestimate the energy it takes to detox and heal. If you feel tired…REST…you may need extra sleep or naps daily especially in the first 3-5 days of diet changes and with a specifically deep topic on a certain day. Give yourself that time to really get rested and let tissues heal as toxins are processed by the liver and eliminated.
TIP! Catharsis:
Talk it out. We store emotions in our bodies, in our cells and fat tissue. As you release toxins you also release memories and sensations from old traumas. Go to therapy, talk to old friends, reconnect with family, ask for help or really spend time in stillness processing things.
TIP! Continue Self Care:
The people that benefit most from detox/cleanse and weight loss plans stay connected! I highly recommend check-ins or posts to the group as desired to help maintain lifestyle changes and support. Post a note when you feel you need support or when you feel up and have support to give let it shine! Please share! This creates a firm foundation, a united platform, to actually change old habits and maintain them. The long-term goal is to keep you in your bliss…happy, energetic and present for a full life!


Physical Detox:
I used to love doing cleanses in my 20’s and early 30’s for the extreme effects of what my body could endure and the exaggerated, accelerated changes in a short period of time. The master cleanse, juicing for days to weeks, pushing limits and extremes. I felt great, but it never lasted, essentially I was running on adrenaline and in a matter of days I would be eating girl scout cookies and brie checking my email. On to the next thing….. aware-less. The extremes may have matched my lifestyle then, all or nothing, working three jobs, night school, marathon running but it only promoted more extremes when what I needed more than anything was moderation, nourishment, ease and kindness in my life and lifestyle.
This detox is a way to align our biology with our biography and make any positive changes to support that or let go of what we don’t need anymore that is affecting us on a cellular level. The physical components of a detox are rewarding as reminders of what our bodies can do and how they can feel when we really take care of ourselves.  Liken your approach to this detox(in regards to the habit of food and drink) with how you would treat a five year old child….you would never let that child go hungry, or make them stay up to midnight working, you would never give that child alcohol or coffee, you would never punish that child for being tired and needing a nap, you would NOURISH, LOVE, BE ATTENTIVE TO and ADORE that child and give her everything she needed to support her vitality. That is the goal! Love yourself in this process.
Take note of any physical changes.
What do you like?
What do you dislike?
Do you miss anything? Feel surprised at any outcomes or physical changes in symptoms?
Is it easier than you thought to break dietary habits?
Do you use food as nourishment or for comfort? Pain relief ? Stress management?
Everyone has a different experience with detoxification. In general the first three days are the hardest where you may feel fatigued, headaches and flu-like symptoms as your body detoxes from caffeine, alcohol and sugars. This is a crucial time to stick with it, avoid dehydration and rest when you need it …all day long if you need to…your kidneys and liver are working overtime and the muscles are trying to rid the body of lactic acid. Sleep, nap, take the day off and drink 8-16 glasses of water per day. Don’t be surprised if you have extreme thirst so drink, drink, drink. The fourth and fifth day is essentially where the magic happens and an entirely new world opens up with increased energy, clarity in thinking and amazing creative motivation.
Symptoms which may be relieved by following a detox program include:

  • Digestive problems

  • Bad breath

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • General malaise

  • Constipation

  • Headaches

  • Itchy skin

  • Skin rashes

  • Joint pain

  • Weight loss resistance

  • Poor concentration

Side Effects:

  • Anti-aging effects

  • Weight loss

  • Clearer skin and eyes

  • Increased productivity

  • Greater motivation and creativity

  • Reduction of allergic symptoms

  • Mental clarity

  • Energy Boost

  • Sleep more deeply

  • Less anger or irritability

  • No to Low PMS
    You can look back at this each week and by the end of the cleanse see what really sticks out. When you reintroduce your regular diet at the end of the 40 days see how your body and mind respond. It will tell you exactly what it needs, likes or dislikes!
    As Michael Pollan says: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
    Stick with it!
    Much Love and Peace *


Mental Emotional Detox:
Let the games begin! You are right around the corner from starting to feel some relief from physical detox symptoms in regards to foods and habits. You are now committed and both feet are in the water, all you have left to do is submerge yourself. Do you dive in head first? Do you slowly wade out lifting your arms up until you absolutely have to go under? Do you let the waves just wash over you in complete surrender?
Soon you will realize the physical part is the easy part of all of this and it is the mind over matter or mind delving into the matter, the why, that poses an interesting challenge if you are curious to look into it? What is your story? Why are you the way you are? Why do you do things this way versus that way? Is it better? Is it worse? Does it matter?
What do you think about and what emotions are coming up as you move through some physical discomfort and change?
Do you feel bored? Are you missing the distraction and business of food tasking? Alcohol? Caffeine boosts?
Are you trying to find something to fill in a gap or are you just sitting with it?
When you break habits and are in a new “place” so to speak what do you have to say to yourself?
The Story of Your Life by Kia Miller:
Become a witness of your life, how you think, make decisions, talk, interact. Observe as though you were a writer studying an important subject that you wanted to write about!
What would be the title of the book of your life? How does the main character – YOU – deal with challenges and joys?
Thoughts: Swami Rama referenced the idea of "being in the world, yet above it," and being able to witness our worldly interactions from an objective perspective. In the yoga tradition, witnessing = observing with non-attachment.
Imagine becoming like the eye of the hurricane.  All around you is the clamor of the world, but you remain at peace, a witness of it all.  The reality within you is a major influence on the world outside.  Become aware of the reality within.  It can also influence another person and change the course of their day.
Practice: Sit in Meditation for 10 minutes simply following your breath (inhale/exhale). Witness your thoughts. When a thought appears, label it: ego, past, future … then let go of any clinging to the thought coming back to the mantra and your breath. Sense the deep silent consciousness beyond the mind. The more you become a witness to the thoughts, the less control those thoughts have over you, increasing your presence, awareness and power to choose.
Much Love and Peace *


Technology Detox: PLUG IT OUT!
When I lived in NYC over a decade ago my dear friend and integrative nutritionist, Sacha Jones of Stiggly Holistics, started hosting “plug it out” parties.
No lights, no phones, no nada, no nothing electronic. We would play games, play guitar, eat finger foods we didn’t have to cook with electricity and talk….have good old fashioned face to face conversations, laugh and spend time together. This is a concept that is almost impossible now without completely removing yourself from society as we know it….going off the grid. Sad but true.
We live in a fast paced world fueled by technology. You almost can’t function without constantly being engaged with your phone/computer/lap top/iPad.
Are our smart phones making us wiser or wounded?
Are you happier being connected to your phone and its information or not?
Are you addicted to being in touch?
Disconnect to Connect! You cant do it fast enough to improve your health. I propose you disconnect from as much technology as you can on a regular basis for this 40 day period.

  • Take facebook off your phone, you really don’t need to know.

  • Remove all Apps ie Period trackers….use a calendar.

  • Do not use your phone in the car. DO NOT TEXT. Put your phone in the trunk.

  • Take email off your phone and just check it at a specific time in the day on your computer if necessary.

  • Do not sleep by your phone or laptop it affects fertility and disrupts sleep. Use your phone as an alarm? a battery clock to use. Cant do it then at the very worst ABSOLUTELY put your phone in airplane mode at night before you go to bed.

  • Do not check any information on your phone until an hour after waking or until you absolutely have to.

I think you will be surprised and amazed at how much more time you will have in the day and how much less anxiety you will experience. The constant draw and push-pull sensation that we have to always and immediately be doing something, answering something, are missing something, is so overwhelming and we do it all day every day without even really acknowledging it. I believe this habit is playing a fundamentally negative role in our biology by disrupting our endocrine system, promoting the sympathetic “fight or flight” nervous system and demoting our parasympathetic “rest and digest” mode, it leads to feelings of anxiousness, depression and for many people leads to insomnia.
PLUG IT OUT! Write a letter. Buy a newspaper.
Much Love and Peace *


NEW MOON RITUAL “ What do you want to create in your life?”
What seed do you want to plant? What dream do you want to come true? Set your intentions!
~Thank You Forever Conscious
Mystical Mother Moon travels through a cycle every month. She goes from new to full, from darkness to light all within a space of 28-30 days.
In astrology, the Moon is connected to our emotions, intuition, feelings of security, maternal energy, creativity and our potential.
When the Moon is Full, we often feel all of this energy on the strongest and most deepest level.
In fact, as Mother Moon moves through her cycle we will feel her energy affecting our lives in different ways-

  • New Moon: on a New Moon we enter the energy of creation. It is the perfect time to plant a seed, set our intentions and make a wish out to the Universe. During this time our psychic energy is high and we may feel feelings of solitude.

  • Waxing Moon: following a New Moon, a waxing moon helps us to begin taking action on our goals, dreams and wishes and brings experiences into our lives that help us to grow.

  • Full Moon: the Full Moon represents the most powerful point in the cycle, it is a time of high energy and high power and is a time to release and let go of all that no longer serves you, in order to welcome in the new. In the cycle of death and rebirth, the Full Moon represents the starting of the death.

  • Waning Moon: following a Full Moon, the waning moon gives us time to go within and reflect on where we are and where we are going. This is the moment just before the rebirth and helps us to reflect on our emotions and who we are. Revelations can occur and our intuition can be strong.

Much Love and Peace *


Create the focus you want to take on this cleanse with Mantra.

"Why Mantra?" by Kia Miller
First lets look at what mantra means: In our modern world it is a term used to indicate any repetitive thought, which can either be a slogan or an affirmation (positive) or a belief like "I am too fat" (negative). 
In the Yoga Tradition, mantras are words or sounds that are believed to free the mind from thinking. Sounds great doesn't it?!  It certainly interested me and my first experience actually chanting mantra proved that there was more than meets the eye. I found that I was not only thinking differently, but I was feeling better also. 
When I started this journey, the key questions were: "What is mantra?," and "Why is it considered the master key that dissolves all blocks on the path to self-realization?" 
What I came to understand was that mantras are energetic verbal formulas designed to transform consciousness, to draw one into a devotional state, and to improve ones ability to be focus the mind. 
Mantra is actually the vehicle through which we reach silence. We harness the enormous power of the conscious mind through repetition of the mantra, which allows us to gradually pierce through the veils of thought that separate us from a state of pure awareness. It is here where we touch the soul of our original being.
Our mind, just like our body can age through old ideas, emotions, beliefs and opinions that create blockages in our channels of perception. We stop seeing things as they really are and see only what our minds habits allow us to see.
Chanting mantra is a very effective tool to draw our attention away from our ordinary preoccupations and limiting beliefs. It opens the flow of energy through our vocal chords into our entire nervous system as well as awakening our prana/lifeforce as a whole. It is this awakened inner flow of energy, which produces moments of flow, connectedness and inspiration.  
If you have not started chanting yet I highly recommend you explore it :)
There are many incredible musicians with mantra recordings on
Below are a some mantra based practices on Yogaglo: check links
Balance Your Brain
Initiate the Flow of Kundalini Energy
Healing Meditation to Clear the Chakras and Find Calm
Clear The Past
Healing with the Siri Gaitri Mantra
Meditation to Conquer Negativity
Some of the mantras I use are:
I am balanced. I am fertile. I am grounded.
I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am bliss.
I am open to receive.
I trust in the power of the universe to guide me.
Play around with this concept and see what feels right or “fits.” You can create your own mantra that is specific to your cleanse journey/goals or use one that resonates with you. I suggest spending 3-11 minutes a day at least once in a quiet space focusing on this. Enjoy!
Much Love and Peace *


What are your thoughts? Negative or Positive self talk?
Use your Mantra!  or  “I am Beautiful!”
The mind, as we know, is so powerful and can make or break a day, a relationship and create or destroy all of our hopes and dreams. What are your thoughts? Where does your mind wander when it is allowed to drift and dream?
Do you punish yourself at the end of the day with thoughts of what you should have done or could have done? Do you honor yourself for doing all you can and could do, living to your full potential for that day? Some days taking out the trash is being at your best and warrants a “job well done my dear!” other days you may get more done before 10 am than a normal human could ever endure and again, “job well done my loved one!”
We tend to judge ourselves harder and harsher than anyone else in our lives. Often we judge ourselves in an unrealistic, sadistic and somewhat narcissistic way, as if we are so powerful and amazing that we are capable of doing all things, solving all problems, meeting all tasks, and enduring all relationships without need. We can judge and compare ourselves to others and worst of all we judge and compare ourselves to self with ceiling high limits and punishments that have no therapeutic value.
Violence is not just a physical act of aggression.
As Kia Miller has expressed, “We can be violent with our thoughts and words as well as actions. Many of us operate with a flow of negative thoughts but don't notice it. This drains us of our energy whether we are thinking negatively about ourself or someone else. It is therefore an action of self harm to continue in negative thinking. We have a choice: first we must notice that we are doing it, then shift our thinking to the positive.
Working to understand the source of our negativity will help us to release it. Sometimes we may realize that there was no legitimate reason for the negativity other than the habit of being caught in a negative rut. “
How does your self talk serve you?
How can you re-route your thought processes to honor your truth?
Energy and positive thinking are contagious. Can you spread the disease?
I recently read this snippet and loved the message it put across.
“Lately I’ve been replacing my “I’m sorry”s with “Thank You”s, like instead of “sorry I’m late” I will say “thank you for waiting for me” or instead of saying “ sorry for being such a mess” I’ll say “thank you for loving me and caring for me unconditionally”  and its not only shifted the way I think and feel about myself but also improved my relationship with others who now receive my gratitude instead of my negativity.
~ Source unknown
Much Love and Peace *


The Power of the Breath
I think this is my favorite part of the series so far! I’m so excited to share this with you and I hope you can use this as a tool for daily self care from this day forward. It works and it is powerful. We breathe every day, unconsciously, ceaselessly, and as a part of life. Lets engage in the breath and honor the experience.
Breath and Self Care: If you can control the breath, you can control your actions.
Start with a simple breathing exercise daily. (See Below)
Do it every day for the remainder of the detox.
3- 11 minutes a day.

Alternate nostril breathing. This balances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system, the male and female energy on the body, and correlates to the sun/moon, yin/yang.
                  Nadi Shodhana, or “alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple yet powerful technique that settles the mind, body, and emotions. You can use it to quiet your mind before beginning a meditation practice, and it is particularly helpful to ease racing thoughts if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or having trouble falling asleep. There are several different styles of Nadi Shodhana, but they all serve the purpose of creating balance and regulating the flow of air through your nasal passages. In fact, the term Nadi Shodhana means “clearing the channels of circulation.”
Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing
With just a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing, you can restore balance and ease in the mind and body. Sometimes when we feel frazzled or find ourselves doing too many things at once, it’s because energetically, we are out of alignment. This breath is great for restoring that necessary balance. In addition to calming the mind and reversing stress, alternate nostril breathing also:

  • Improves our ability to focus the mind

  • Supports our lungs and respiratory functions

  • Restores balance in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and clears the energetic channels

  • Rejuvenates the nervous system

  • Removes toxins

  • Settles stress

Whether you’re nervous about a project or presentation, anxious about a conversation, or just generally stressed out, Nadi Shodhana is a quick and calming way to bring you back to your center. If you find it difficult to settle into your meditations, try moving through a few rounds first, then remain seated and shift directly into stillness; this should help to ground you before meditation.
Nadi Shodhana Practice
Next time you find yourself doing too many things at once, or you sense panic or anxiety begin to rise, move through a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing. It’s a great way to hit the reset button for your mental state.

  1. Take a comfortable and tall seat, making sure your spine is straight and your heart is open.

  2. Relax your left palm comfortably into your lap and bring your right hand just in front of your face.

  3. With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as an anchor. The fingers we’ll be actively using are the thumb and ring finger.

  4. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose.

  5. Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily.

  6. Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are held closed; retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief pause.

  7. Open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right side; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.

  8. Inhale through the right side slowly.

  9. Hold both nostrils closed (with ring finger and thumb).

  10. Open your left nostril and release breath slowly through the left side. Pause briefly at the bottom.

  11. Repeat 5-11 cycles(3-11 minutes), allowing your mind to follow your inhales and exhales.

Steps 5-9 represent one complete cycle of alternate nostril breathing. If you’re moving through the sequence slowly, one cycle should take you about 30-40 seconds. Move through 3-11 cycles when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or in need of a reset button.
Tip: Consistency is helpful, so try to match the length of your inhales, pauses, and exhales. For example, you can start to inhale for a count of five, hold for five, exhale for five, hold for five. You can slowly increase your count as you refine your practice.
I like to listen to this meditation and in the quiet space in the latter half do my 11 minutes of Nadi Shodhana.Meditation for Anxiety and Stress
If you can’t create the space of 3 minutes a day to make change in your life then self care is non-existent. As they say, “put the oxygen mask on your self first, before assisting others.” Something needs to change. Make and create change, 3 minutes a day, 180 seconds, start now.
Much Love and Peace *


” Talk is cheap. Your habits show who you are. Humans create habits and then the habits create the human.” ~Sukraj, Raj Yoga Boulder

BioDetox~ Rise & Shine 2019 ~  Time to make a change!

What makes you Rise and Shine? To RISE above it all, pick the better path? How do you SHINE? How do you uplift and elevated those in your life?

Thank you for being willing to participate with me in this transformation. This year I am creating a self guided approach so you are not bombarded by MORE emails everyday locking you on to your computer. I want you to be able to go at your own pace, use what you need and skip what you dont and really create your OWN experience based on YOU! This is just a guide to create an arena for you to best Rise & Shine! You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.
Do your best to participate and engage in the daily tasks or just take a few minutes to ask yourself the Questions of the Day.
The first 40-day detox I did took me 70 days! Do your best. This is for YOU.

You can cut and paste the weekly agendas, scroll down by day or print and use pages to add journal entries.

The idea is to disengage from our daily habits, our auto-pilot lifestyle and get connected. My dear teacher Kia Miller expresses this amazingly well, “The promise of living in this way is to release yourself from the hypnotic pull of habits and distracted living and to awaken to the underlying condition of joy and bliss.”
The goal is to create a greater awareness of what you want in your life, to be connected on a deep level to humanity and to align your desires with your life choices.
I imagine things to fall this way:
DIET: The diet is loosely based on the whole30 plan. I chose this so we all have real, whole food, as a base-line and to provide some rules and structure. I have never done the whole30 so I will be doing it with you….one meat and potato day at a time! Try your best. If it doesn’t work for you let your body tell you to add things in or take things out. If you already have a limited diet then tweak it to meet your needs. Alcohol, smoking, drugs, sugar and any habitual, routine foods like caffeine, wheat and dairy I recommend eliminating for this 40 day period.
TOPICS: Every day for 40 days you will receive an email with thoughts, topics, or ideas to ponder, questions to answer. You may want to spend 10-15 minutes tossing it around in your psyche and  see what comes up for you and if it opens anything up to pay attention to. If  a topic resonates on a deep level and needs more attention then maybe that is a day you can spend a few hours journaling about it or creating space for it now or at a later date. A seed may just be planted.
FORMAT: I set it up to spend the first week as an intro to get started on food changes, to incorporate meditation, mantra and breath work and figure out why we are here, the next week on anatomy and physical processes. The first half is to get re-acquainted with who we are and the second half is to go into deeper topics on how we can create radical change in our lives to uplift and elevate all those we come in contact with starting with SELF!
EXERCISE: Some form of daily exercise, walking, sweating is recommended. If you already have a formal routine, change it up to break up the habitual format of it. Try something new. If you don’t have a regular regimen start with 20 minutes of walking or yoga daily. Meditation, Breath Work and Mantra are part of this process 3-11 minutes a day is all it takes. As we move through the days I hope you find one of these exercises that you can add into your daily routine. I find that Kundalini yoga is a catalyst for this process. To elevate and activate your inner light ~To elevate and activate your inner energy body and exude radiance!
Kia Miller is absolutely the best teacher I can recommend to introduce you to this practice. She has classes on yogaglo if you are not able to see her locally (California) or in workshops. She comes to Boulder every summer for Hanuman Festival.
Raj Yoga Studio is local to Boulder to participate in weekly classes. Highly recommended.
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