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Debbie Ford's 21 day Consciousness Cleanse

About a week ago a friend from an email list sent a link to an Oprah magazine series by Debbie Ford, author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers --an excellent introduction to wholeness and releasing the past's hold. The series, the 21 Day Consciousness Cleanse started with 7 days of meditation and exercises about the past, then moved on to 7 days about right now. I'm assuming that the last 7 days are about the future, but I haven't got there, yet...

In the very first meditation, I realized that my inner and outer goals are completely in sync: get lighter, get fit, treat my body with the reverence and love it is worthy of, and to move into my 44th year with grace, poise and energy...

To lose 50 pounds, in fact. In a healthy, mindful and joyful way. Hence, I am here, too...

I'm on day 10, today, on the Power of Humility... yesterday was the Power of Responsibility. Some of these are old issues that I released long ago (when I was first reading The Dark Side). Today, it's releasing judgment and allowing the power of courage and humility to stay with my goals and focus on myself rather than judging others.

Her direction is a little different from mine, because this reminds me so much of a comment a chiropractor made once, about how much freedom and love I give my children to be themselves, and to see them as growing, acceptable people... and how I don't do that for me. She wondered why...

Ever since, I've wondered how she saw that... and how that's accurate in my life. It is, of that I had no doubt from the instant she said it. This meditation reminded me of that.

How am I so forgiving, so naturally trusting and so liberal with my kids when I am so relentless and arrogant with myself? What would it take for me to be so forgiving and trusting of me? To really honour my life...

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