Detox your emotions and get unstuck!

Spring is here! And with this new energy naturally comes the need for cleaning and cleansing. This is best conducted at several levels of our lives: environmentally, physically, and emotionally.

We all know about spring cleaning. I love this expression “out with the old, in with the new” that comes with it. Let’s pause and think about it: indeed, life is continually changing – this is the cosmic (or universal) law of perpetual transmutation in action. We ought to have movement in our belongings and let go of what no longer serves us in order to create space for what is coming. You might find the metaphor of the tree losing its leaves in order to grow new ones in the next season helpful as an analogy with nature. Time to revisit and consider what serves a purpose around us, and letting go of what no longer does.

A physical cleanse will give a rest to your liver, in fact all your organs. Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, sugars, dairy products (incl. no eggs), all animal proteins and gluten (or at least wheat i.e., no pasta, no bread) for a few weeks in a row will definitely provide you with a sense of calm and inner strength. After a bit more than four weeks of this, I feel so light, and certainly energised too! So much so that I intend to extend the detox for another month. A nice way to prepare for summer, and the “upbeat” rhythm that comes with it. A physical detox creates inner availability.

What about an emotional detox? Here are a few tips for you:

  1. Why should you consider it? Because of the correlation between mental health and wellbeing. Many decisions can be emotionally reactive rather than guided by the higher self. You may feel: anger, grief, frustration, dissatisfaction with life, fear. Emotions such as resentment or resistance create a holding of energy that goes against the flow of life. Unbeknownst to you, it could be that you have not completely grieved the loss of a loved one, or a relationship (i.e., unresolved grief). Maybe, you have not forgiven someone. All these held emotions manifests in all aspects and interactions of your life: annoyance, (recurrent) argument with someone, etc. Most importantly, these things usually have the effect of slowing down or blocking what you undertake. You’ll need to identify such beliefs and negative emotions, in order to lift them and truly embrace a fuller life. So, are you ready to make a conscious change?
  1. Be with yourself, spend time with yourself: To identify blockages, the starting point is about taking stock, exploring self, witnessing yourself. For this, you can sit with yourself in silence or in nature (leaving your phone behind), and start an introspective journal. You can talk in depth with a friend who is a keen observer and who can be frank and honest with you. Sometimes, it takes reaching out to your therapist, or using grief drops (therapist and grief drops both available at our clinic and online). You can start keeping a record of your dreams, as they usually hold answers for us. If you are not meditating, now is a good time to start, as mediation is instrumental in releasing such blockages. Whatever you opt for, it is important to take time for yourself and reflect in order to gain these insights for yourself. You can only do something about negative feelings once you’ve named them. In so doing, please keep in mind not all feelings are bad. The main thing is: you’ll need to start doing something different, in order to get a different result.
  1. Work through your emotions: The etymology of emotion, in Latin is “ex-motere” i.e., to “move out.” This means that unhappy emotions need to be worked through, processed: they are literally energy that needs to move out. This means for example: when you feel grief, you need to cry; you need to feel and express your pain. Most times, our emotions actually need to be witnessed, which is why working with a therapist for a few focussed sessions can be so helpful in moving them though. It is an important part of healing.
  1. The importance of rituals: Keeping in mind that we are not our emotions, they are simply moving through us, it is also useful to mark their release with a simple ritual. It symbolises their exit, and our moving on. If your work was on resentment, the release is in forgiveness – you can celebrate with the person in question. Call on your creativity to do so, keeping in mind the intention of the ritual which marks a new beginning. A letting go ceremony, as held by the Wirradjirri Elders, becomes a “heart renewal.” More information on this specific ritual is also available at our clinic.

Embrace the new! Your new journey can begin. Thanks to your cleanse at a deeper level than before, and to the fact that you have let go of old emotions, old patterns, old way of doing things, you are now ready to invite the new. Let yourself be surprised by what comes your way: as you have cleansed, you also changed your vibration, and are now attracting what serves you better. It now corresponds to the new version of yourself. Meditation and visualisation can be a significant help to consolidating new beliefs, and the new you. Enjoy your spring!

Blandine Guillot, PhD, is a registered Holistic Counsellor & Psychotherapist and a Guided Meditation teacher at Ambrosia. She consults in person on Tuesdays 9am-5pm, and Wednesdays 9am-2pm and online the other days. Consultations are available in English & French.  She also offers therapeutic Light Shifts – a Wirradjirri energetic healing modality. Contact by email: Blandine.mj.guillot@gmail.com or phone: 0412.775.721.