In one week from today, I’ll be starting a doctor-ordered cleanse. It’s mostly fruits and vegetables, with some quinoa for protein. I’ll use this blog to introduce the format I’ll be using for my cleanse journal.
After a crazy weekend, I’m finally able to sit down today and begin planning for next week. I’ll post the cleanse instructions as soon as I can give the proper credit to its creator. I don’t know if it’s something my doctor came up with, or if she got it from elsewhere. So, when I know that, I’ll post the instructions. Hopefully that will be later today.
Meantime, I’m using my Shape Shifters Daily Diary format, which includes these components, posted in this order:
The instructions, below, are given in a slightly different order, because it’s easier to explain this way:
Challenges are the circumstances that keep you from your preferred state. Challenges are the only component to be worded as possibly negative because we immediately flip them over and reword them as …
Intentions, which are Challenges reframed to make a positive statement. Once you recognize a Challenge, you now know what you intend to overcome. Find a positive way to reword your Challenge and start the sentence with “I intend that I AM …”, stating it in the present tense. The creative Force into which we speak takes our words—and how we feel about them—very literally.
Triumphs are signs that forward movement is happening. They don’t have to be “Mission Accomplished.” They can be the smallest indication that something has improved. Shining light upon them helps them to grow. And it’s always fun to do a happy dance.
Makeovers are the things you do to look or feel better about yourself. They can be as simple as wearing your favorite shirt to work—the one you save for special occasions—or showering with your “expensive” soap. They can also be energy clearing actions like cleaning your closets, changing your sheets or smudging your house with sage. Changing the Feng Shui of your home is an extremely powerful Makeover. They don’t have to cost anything, but they should make you feel like you’ve cleared some stagnant energy.
To use a gardening analogy:
- Stating your Challenges is the same as tilling the rocky soil.
- Setting your Intentions is planting high-quality seeds.
- Recognizing your Triumphs is spotting and caring for the tiny sprouts as they poke through the earth.
- Makeovers are the fertilizer that makes your soil rich.
Daily Thanksgivings are daily ways of checking in and appreciating what’s already good in your life. Think of it as a mini “Rampage of Appreciation,” for you Abe fans.
I think that’s enough information for one blog. I’ll post later with my journal entry for the day.
Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page.
Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).