Transformations .. One Block At A Time

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Wow.. what a weekend! When I arrived at Liberty Advance Thursday evening I was excited to work and ready for change.

I soon realized I had no idea what I was in for.. really hard work. I was nearing the end of my Master Cleanse challenge and burning a lot of calories fast. It wasn’t long before I was completely exhausted and ready for food. I had decided it was important for me to ease off of the fast so I was prepared with miso soup, fresh juices, and homemade vegetable soup. By the end of the day I had nearly forgotten I was fasting at all.

I spent the first two days cleaning and organizing anything and everything that had to do with cooking, eating, and serving food. I scrubbed more dishes than I even knew we had and it felt good! I found everything a new home in the Nook and set aside those that would move to the outdoor Kitchen. On day 3 my project was put on hold until a cement slab was dry so I finished up what was left of dishes and appliances, fixed the spice hutch, and allowed myself the luxury of soaking up some sun, lounging on the bathing deck, and taking photos. It was a beautiful day!

Day 4 was spent putting together our fabulous outdoor kitchen as well as the practice room with it’s beautiful new hardwood floors, followed by lots of cleaning and organizing.  I didn’t rest until every last dish was washed, every pillow fluffed, every picture hung, and every block was in place.

This morning I woke up to a transformation I never could have imagined. The Shala looks spectacular! I am so very grateful for all of our friends who came out to help us take something amazing and make it so much more amazing!

Master Cleanse : 10 Days of Discipline, Reflection, and Re-patterning

As I near the end of Day 2 of the Master Cleanse I’m feeling the need to take a look at my intentions. Why am I doing this crazy cleanse anyway? Here’s what I’ve come up with :

One : Self discipline. Let’s just say I’m lacking in this department. I’m 27 days into a [separate] 40 day challenge and proud to say I’m doing very well! But that challenge doesn’t involve my physical body.. this is where I’m in need of change. It’s time for ME to make the decisions!

Two : Reflection. I see this as a wonderful and potent opportunity for me to reflect on my body and mind, my emotions, my mental patterns, and all of those little things that bother me. Why am I the way that I am and what do I want to Change?

Three : I’m ready to break some habits. Although I live a pretty healthy lifestyle, I have a few habits that I’m observing are growing in strength. They’re not “bad” habits, necessarily, but they are beginning to control me. It’s time for me to De-program and Re-pattern!


And, of course there are the benefits of giving the digestive system a break and the body a chance to heal.

This is my second Master Cleanse challenge.. the first being nearly two years ago and lasting 6 days. This time I’m going for 10 full days followed by a gentle easing back into solid food supported by healthy probiotics, yoga, and meditation.

Biggest challenges so far : turning down delicious chai and beautiful homemade chocolate delicacies that were being served at a Kirtan gathering we hosted at our house last night, receiving an invitation to a birthday dinner at a fancy sushi restaurant, and this strange feeling inside my body.

Besides that I’m enjoying the experience. The lemonade mix tastes wonderful, I feel happy and relaxed, and my partner, Jack is joining me on the journey so I have someone close to share the experience with.