I’m on Day 5, of a seven day cleanse with Meredith Klein of Pranaful. Which means that, since Sunday, I have been eating the same things every day, with just a few minor modifications that add variety to my mono-diet (as Mer calls it).
Every morning, I make a juice from leafy greens, a green apple, and a daikon radish, with a splash of cayenne. For lunch, snack and dinner, I eat kitchari (kich-a-ree), which is a mixture of basmati rice, mung beans, coconut oil, seaweed, veggies, and spices. I can add chutney and spices to change the flavor, and make it soupy or more like a rice dish, to vary the experience each time. It is actually considered comfort food in India, and I am beginning to see why. I’ve fallen in love with kitchari this week, and know that it will be a staple in our house from here on out. It’s delicious and satisfying.
On days 3 and 5 of the cleanse, Meredith suggested a saltwater flush, first thing in the morning, to eliminate toxins from the body. I want to participate as fully as possible in the cleanse, so even though I have already done one flush (and did not enjoy it), I went ahead and drank my saltwater again. Which means I will be running to the bathroom a lot this morning.
To be perfectly honest, I almost skipped the second flush. I told myself it wasn’t that big of a deal, and I am too busy. I am leaving on a trip early tomorrow morning, and have a million things to do in the meantime. I need to register my girls for school next year, do a bunch of laundry, pack for the trip, get the house in order, and drive soccer carpool this afternoon. Somewhere in between, I also absolutely have to practice yoga and meditate, because I know I won’t be able to tomorrow (I try to never miss more than one day a week). So it feels like I don’t have time to sit around and wait for the flush to take effect.
I am also a little worried that the flush might wash away the medication I have just recently started taking for my hypothyroidism. After the flush on Wednesday, a lot of my symptoms returned, and I felt pretty bad for part of the day. It could be that I was just detoxing, or it might be that the medication never had a chance to take effect before I washed it away.
As all of these excuses ran through my mind, however, I asked myself if any of it was true. Do I really not have time for this? Could I find a way to work around the inconvenience? Can I adjust my supplements to minimize the thyroid symptoms, or just deal with them for one more day? (I’ve been battling hypothyroidism for six months…what’s one more day?)
I realized that I could find a way to work around the flush, and I was probably avoiding it because it’s not pleasant. But in my heart, I know that the flush will ultimately increase my energy, heal my body, and help me be a better yogini and teacher.
So, I decided to go for it. I took my yoga off my mat, surrendered to the experience, drank my four cups of warm saltwater, and told myself it would all be ok in the end.
It reminded me that, so often I create my own pain, by resisting experiences that, logically, I should embrace. All the times that I don’t get on my yoga mat, because “I am too busy”, the days that I don’t meditate because “it’s not that important”, the food I eat that I shouldn’t because “it’s not that big of a deal”.
In yogic circles, we call this phenomenon resistance. It’s a powerful thing, resistance, and once I became aware of it, I realized how much it guides my life. Yoga, however, has empowered me to overcome resistance. Most of all, it’s taught me that more often than not, we can, and should, do the things we resist the most…even if it means a saltwater flush…and trust that we are better for it in the end.