There are many toxic layers we add on and peel off daily, depending on our particular journey in the moment. If we go back to the last post where I spoke of the cancer cells each and everyone of us has within our cellular structure, there are contributing factors that go far beyond environmental ones, which may provoke those cells. Currently I’m more interested in the emotional toxins I have whirling around my psyche and beyond and how they affect health and well-being.
When you give up something that has provided a lifeforce within you, you are suddenly stripped of a buffer zone between your desires and your demons. And if that lifeforce was in fact one of your life long desires, then all you may be left with are your demons. Emotional demons are cancerous in their own right. They live in your cells waiting for opportunities to poke holes into your vulnerabilities. If you don’t have positive antidotes in place to protect you from yourself, your most base and raw emotions will rise to the surface. How you deal with those emotions depends on your emotional immune system.
A fellow blogger – Marcia Mundel recently wrote about the book Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser. This book contains a blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir. During times of emotional turmoil we need to consider if we will be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed. Elizabeth Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one – both stronger and wiser in their emotional intelligence.
In Broken Open, the stories that are shared are of people who have hit their lowest ebb. Arriving at their end point may have been the result of an illness, circumstance, or an emotional breakdown. How they rise up from their depths differs depending on each situation and each individuals survival mechanisms.
How odd that if we reject what is painful, we find only more pain, but if we embrace what is within us – if we peer fearlessly into the shadows – we stumble upon the light. – Page 50 – Broken Open – Elizabeth Lesser
Not everyone reaches such an emotional turning point in their life. And if you don’t doesn’t mean you are less rich and self actualized. Nor if you do hit those emotional crises are you weaker and more vulnerable. In some situations, there is no predicting what may befall you in your life (e.g. a sudden unexpected death of a loved one). For those who find themselves confronted by their emotional demons there is an opportunity.
If we are not willing to confront the truth about ourselves that a loss unearths, we squander a rare and precious opportunity for transformation. – Page 100 – Broken Open – Elizabeth Lesser
Many people speak of receiving a health diagnosis which has served as a catalyst for change. In Broken Open there is a similar message. As the cracks appear in your heart, let the light shine through and you will be reacquainted with your soul. You may still cry everyday for two years, but you will be guaranteed that your heart will no longer be frozen.
There are three major hurdles to overcome in crisis: dealing with pain; working with your attitude; and using the crisis as a wake-up and a clean-up call. – Page 90 – Broken Open – Elizabeth Lesser
Overcoming hurdles exists whether you are confronted by a physical or emotional crisis. There is pain. That is usually what alerts us to the crisis in the first place. Whether you hurt when you move, or you gain too much weight and find you have high blood pressure or symptoms of diabetes, or an auto-immune ailment, or depression. There is the manifestation of physical pain. How you deal with that pain is dependent on your personal resolve and desire to change. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross states:
You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose.
When we reach such moments of profound sadness and seemingly impossible consequences, the most challenging outcome, is that there is no one to blame. We are our own sherpa guide. We took ourselves down into the chasm and we can rise above the clouds. We have a choice.
My only hope was to give up a life that had been, in order to make room for a life that is. – Elizabeth Lesser – Broken Open
Lesser provides tools to help cope with the pain – meditation, possibly psychotherapy, and prayer. Recently, I was introduced to the Isha System by a former work colleague. He shared, “It has been an interesting journey over the last few years and many changes in my life. The system has changed my life completely.”
The Isha System proclaims on their website:
In a world thirsting for change, The Isha System offers a solution, by guiding us towards the only place where true change can take place: within ourselves.
The Isha System© consists of the practice of seven components: 1. The Facets 2. Focusing on Love-Consciousness 3. Feeling your emotions 4. Physical exercise 5. Drinking water 6. Being real and completely human (made clearer in advanced meetings and intensives) 7. Always speaking your truth (made clearer in advanced meetings and intensives)
I was struck by components 4 and 5 – physical exercise and drinking water. Both are explained as ways to clear the body of emotional toxins and by flushing the system and energetically ridding the body of these toxins, the easier it will become to reach love consciousness. I also appreciate the linkage between the psyche and the physical. There is truly no separation and what we consume or experience on one level will impact the other.
There is no one cure or solution for what may ail you physically or emotionally. There is a connective fiber of solutions, some of which rely on physical changes and others suggesting a psychological metamorphosis, some of which happen in tandem. Just keep in mind, that we can only fool ourselves some of the time. Eventually, we need to face our reflection and meet ourselves head on, through the heart, lightening our way to the soul, clearly, by breaking open.
I love finding recipes for cooked food and coming up with a comparable live version. Chopping up the cabbage and lightly heating in a dehydrator softens the cabbage and provides a more palatable texture. Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene which is released more effectively when cooked slightly. You can combine these 2 recipes by making a bed of salad, topping with the autumn cabbage and placing some tender tomatoes on top. No need for a salad dressing, as the salad is all dressed up as is.
1/2 cabbage (red or green)
1 clove garlic grated
1 cup peas (frozen and defrosted) or fresh
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt and pepper (or to taste)
Rough chop cabbage and place in food processor with the S Blade. In addition, add the grated garlic clove, cumin, oil, and salt and pepper. Pulse chop until bite size pieces. Place in a casserole dish and stir in the peas. Dehydrate for up to 2 hours at 105 degrees. If using an oven, place in oven at the lowest heat for 30 minutes.
Italian spices to taste
Slice tomatoes to 1/4″ width. Place on a dehydrator tray using a teflex sheet. Sprinkle Italian spices on each tomato slice. Dehydrate for up to 2 hours at 105 degrees. If using an oven, place in oven on a cookie sheet at the lowest heat for 30 minutes.