Every so often in life, we experience a period of rebirth and new growth where our souls want to elevate and expand. Creating a plan to cleanse our spirits when this happens aides in our growth as people and living spirits. Soul cleansing is the cherry on top of the personal cleansing process. It is a process that lightens the spirit and helps leave you feeling clear, purposeful and content.
Below, we will explore 3 cleanses that makes a huge impact on the individual performing it as well as their strength and character.
1. Meditation: Try meditating every day, even if it is just a minute or two. All you have to do to meditate is sit quietly for a few moments and let the thoughts come and go and breathe deeply.
Be sure to turn off your phone, computer or whatever distracts you. Just be still with yourself.
Mediation is an ancient practice that has been rigorously studied by modern medicine as well. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and improves overall health. I truly believe that it does all of those things for the body as well as uplifting and cleansing the soul.
2. Gratitude: Each day try waking up asking, "What am I grateful for?" Go to bed asking the same question and throughout the day express your gratitude to those around you.
Try keeping a gratitude journal. Write down 10 things every day that you are grateful for. Once a week, try writing a note or sending an email to a person in your life expressing your gratitude for them and the things that they have contributed to your life. Gratitude lifts the spirit and fills the soul with positivity. In terms of measurable health benefits, researchers maintain that gratitude fosters optimism, which has been shown to positively influence the immune system.
3. Service: Try being of service by giving back to others, whether it is a few hours a week, or a month or a year. Find an organization in your community (or beyond) that speaks to your soul and one that you feel you can really contribute to. Maya Angelou said that she found that "Among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
Whether you're cleaning your closet or cleaning out the clutter in your mind, the energy and renewal that comes with cleansing is worth it for your body, mind and soul.