After I self-published my e-book "Your Body Can Heal Itself", I went through a period of deep introspection and soul-searching. What's next? I realized that although I was on a career path I really loved, I was lacking a bigger vision to motivate and inspire me, and make me jump out of bed each morning.
I came across a man named Arnold Kauffman who owns a raw vegan cafe in Pennsylvania. It's his mission to create a disease-free world, so he's been feeding people with health issues raw food for FREE as part of his 30-day challenges and watching hundreds of people reverse all sorts of chronic health issues in the process, including a man with Lyme's Disease for 19 years who become symptom free in 10 days! The stories of healing in such a short time period were super inspiring and helped me craft a bigger vision for myself and my work.
So my new vision that I'm really excited about is to build a national movement of self-healing, empowerment, and self-discovery through my 30-Day Holistic Detox Challenges, have 5,000 people take the challenge over the next year, and document the results via video. Because I deeply understand the connection between thoughts/emotions and the manifestation of physical health symptoms, everyone who registers for my challenges will be asked to commit to a 15 minute daily mindfulness practice and weekly group classes to help re-train the brain, in addition to making diet changes. That's what makes this program unique and really powerful.
This new program is about helping you and your loved ones discover what's possible for your health when you give your cells what they need to thrive, and bring your mind and body back into balance.
HOW YOU CAN JOIN THIS MOVEMENT
1. If you are dealing with a chronic health issue, log on to my website and register for the challenge. Next one starts June 28th.
2. If you know somebody dealing with a chronic health issue, encourage them to register for the challenge.
3. If you know of an organization who might be interested in hosting or sponsoring a 30-day challenge on-site for their patients, clients, or employees, as a pilot program that will eventually be scaled up in the future, contact me.
4. If you are as inspired as I am about what these type of programs could bring to the lives of many, many people, and you would to contribute dollars to help seed this project and help this vision manifest, contact me.
FEATURES OF THE 30-DAY HOLISTIC DETOX CHALLENGE
80-100% living foods diet
Establish a daily mindfulness practice
Group classes to help re-train the brain to focus on the positive side of life
Session 1: Power of the Present Moment
Session 2: Power of Focus
Session 3. Power of Gratitude
Session 4. The Power of Storytelling
1-on-1 phone call with me to help you get started
Sample 7-Day Menu Plan, recipes and shopping list (check out the pictures of all the tasty and beautiful food you'll be eating!)
Online group support
No calorie counting, no portion control, no deprivation!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does this approach work for “INSERT YOUR UNIQUE CHRONIC HEALTH CHALLENGE HERE” ??
Will I be able to heal myself in 30 Days?
Do I have to become a raw foodist for the rest of my life? Are you a raw foodist?
Will my body be able to efficiently handle all of the physical wastes and toxins that are being flushed out during the detox?
Will I develop nutritional deficiencies during the 30 days on such a restrictive diet?
My latest video where I share the main secret of what makes detox such a powerful healing modality.
Change Your Thoughts...Change Your Health.
Change Your Health...Change Your Life.
TUNING INTO INSPIRATION
You're invited to listen to my latest podcast interview with Amy Schuber, host of "Inspired Conversations." We talk about my ever evolving thoughts around detox, healing, energy, resonance, and learning to trust yourself on your healing journey.
Plus I share my go-to book for inspiration, my favorite songs for inspiration, and one thing that would surprise people to know about me... Can you guess?
I hope you enjoy it and learn something new!
You can listen to this episode (53) in iTunes here (30 minutes):
or on the website here:
Plus Amy has 52 more episodes of inspiration to keep you inspired on your journey to wellness. Be sure to check them out as well...
It all started with a conversation about needing more travel and adventure in my life and possibly subletting my apartment for a couple of months to experiment with living in another country. That train of thought ended up with me selling everything I owned (well almost everything) in January of 2014 and traveling to various parts of the world for almost a year.
I didn’t have a timeframe in mind, a plan, a destination more than a month in advance, and I didn’t know where I would end up at the end of my journey. I know a lot of people take sabbaticals, gap years, or extended trips and vacations with a goal to explore a particular country or subject like Gaelic castles. I was personally motivated less by wanting to experience a particular thing, and motivated more by a deep desire for freedom in all areas of my life and an intense curiosity to see what happens when I simply live in the present moment and let my life unfold in real time.
Besides brief conversations with friends, I’ve never fully taken the time to consciously reflect about everything I’ve learned this year. Partly because thinking about the past takes me out of the present moment, and partly because everything that’s happened this past year has already started to feel like a distant dream at this point. But in the spirit of reflection, in order to prepare for 2015, I decided to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and share my thoughts. If you’re reading this, I hope that you find something that resonates and inspires a resolution of your own for 2015.
My Life Is My Responsibility
When we’re in the middle of the grind, it’s easy to feel as if life is happening to us, instead of feeling like masters of our own reality. Unplugging from everything and everyone that seemed to have an opinion of how I was supposed to be living my life at the age of 33, was one of the most liberating experiences I’ve ever had. I started to feel like the Master of my own experience. The Creator of my own reality. What I thought, I manifested. What I was inspired by, I acted on. What felt good to me, I cultivated more of in my life. My time was my own and I made up my own rules as I went, including when I worked, and what I wanted to experience. I think that’s how we’re all supposed to experience life and ultimately why we chose to incarnate into these bodies at this particular time on this planet. I feel overwhelmingly blessed that I had a chance to taste that level of freedom and I will continue to do what it takes to live my life by my own rules, because it’s within that space that I feel most ALIVE.
Inspiration Is Now My Favorite Addiction
Contrary to popular belief, this year was not all play, and no work. I kept up with new and existing clients virtually via phone and Skype. I created three online educational videos and finished writing a book on holistic wisdom for good digestive health this year. (The book will have recipes from the amazing Amanda Corissa of Craving Thirty, so as soon as those are done, it will be available for sale). I gave presentations in Mexico, Houston, and Santa Monica on nutrition, detox, wellness, and thyroid health, as well as performed more iridology readings in a single day than I thought was humanly possible in May of this year. I also led my friend's family through a 30 day raw food transformation. So yes, I was still working, but it didn't feel like work. It felt like play. And there were tons of creative ideas flowing, simply because I was surfing on a wave of daily inspiration and it was addicting. Is it too much to ask that daily inspiration be the norm in my life? And that work, never actually feel like work?
Things Always Work Out
My natural tendency in the past was to worry. At one point in my life, it was worrying about others thought of me. At other points it’s been to worry about whether a relationship was meant to last, or if I made the right decision taking a job. I realized that no matter how much I worried, things always worked themselves out. I learned the lesson I was supposed to learn. I had the experience that I was supposed to experience. If I didn’t get something I wanted, I got something else instead that had its own value and benefits. Entering this year without a plan, meant I could let go of feeling responsible for making things work or worrying about accomplishing some big goal. I got to trust that things were always working out in my favor and that I was always being taken care of by the Divine. It felt lighter. It felt effortless. It felt good.
The Peaks Are Just As Important As The Valleys
I had some amazing experiences this year. From partying with my best friend at Mardi Gras, to riding an ATV around the islands of Nicaragua, to biking through Stanley Park in Vancouver on a gorgeous summer day. There was no shortage of peak moments this past year. But there were also some really quiet moments where not that much was going on or emotional moments like finding out my grandfather had passed away and rerouting travel plans to speak at his funeral. There were even moments where I was completely and utterly bored – which is quite uncharacteristic for me. From all this, I gained further confirmation that all of the ups and downs are simply a part of life and they are all there to add depth to my personality and help me appreciate and focus on how each of those moments add value to my life. For example, the boredom helped propel me into a new phase of clarity, awareness, and inspiration around my work and the message I want to bring to the world. And for that, I’m thankful.
There Is Kindness, and It Is Everywhere.
The world is not a dangerous place. I repeat. The world is not a dangerous place. I strongly believe that our thoughts create our reality, and if we see the world as dangerous, it’s only a reflection of what we’ve got going on internally. In 2007, I took a meditation course and was given the task of not watching the news for a week. At first I thought the suggestion was a bit extreme, but at the end of the week, I found out that I didn’t miss it at all. When I spoke about traveling alone to Nicaragua or Mexico, I got lots of concern from people who watch the news…a lot. Be careful they said. Keep your items locked. Don’t trust people. Don’t go out at night. You shouldn’t be traveling alone as a woman. Aren’t people being killed in Mexico?
To all those who were concerned, I say thank you for the intention of wanting me to be well and safe. But I can say that the things that are fed to us on the news and in movies are not accurate representations of what’s going on in the world, and often highlight bad in a world of really awesome people and places. I saw countless examples of rich and intoxicating natural beauty when I traveled this past year. I met people who wanted to help me get where I needed to go, make me smile, learn from me, or show me how proud they were of their city and country. I had lots of people treat me as if I was one of the family – and said I reminded them of their daughter or sister. Not once did I feel like my life was in danger. Seldom did I feel like people were conspiring to rip me off. That was my personal experience and I don’t feel like I’m the exception to the rule. So my advice, if you are feeling called to explore the world, is don’t let fear hold you back, and know that you will find what you expect to find. So expect good things.
Happiness is Not Somewhere Out There
For the longest time, I’ve been hearing about how human beings are constantly searching for happiness because we have be conditioned to believe that this elusive pot of gold is somewhere outside of ourselves. But unless we realize that the happiness is inside of us and accessible 24-7, we will spend the rest of our lives searching for the next thing or person that might make us happy. This profound spiritual wisdom has always resonated with me intellectually, but my experiences this year helped move it from being a concept to a daily reality. For example, after visiting this magical waterfall near Whistler and staring at it for awhile in amazement, the thing I wanted to do most – the only thing I could think of that would allow me to capture the greatness of Nature’s handiwork, was to close my eyes and go inward. How odd is it that my reaction to seeing beautiful things nowadays, is to close my eyes ?!? I can only describe it as allowing myself to feel on the inside, how Nature looks on the outside. And it’s a beautiful feeling. Having my daily meditation practice has made this year less about thrill seeking and trying to consume all of the beauty in the world, and more about cultivating the natural feelings of bliss, beauty, and happiness that are already inside of me.
2015 & Beyond
2014 has ended and many insights from this past year are still being revealed to me. I’m looking forward to 2015 where I will be seeking a different type of freedom. My intention is to be honest about who I am, what I think, and to live authentically. Can’t wait to see what happens when I focus more on being true to myself and less on worrying about what other people think of me.
Blessings to you and I hope that you manifest everything that you desire in the new year.