As I sit down to write this post this morning, I know I will likely have to take it in chunks. It may take a few days or more. My old self would have tried to write it all at once, get it all out as if my life depended it. I realize that I spent a lot of my life this way- doing things as if my life depended on it. Things that were, in retrospect, "small deals" (meaning, things that when you really get the picture in view, don't add up to much). I see this as how our culture is. We think we are living conscious and focused lives, but actually many of us are still just are rushing around.
I feel perhaps that I have learned more in the past 4 days than I have learned in the past 4 years. Of course, all those things are hinging on other things that I've learned in the past 5 months. And all those things will come out in pieces on this blog.
About 6 weeks or so ago, I felt like I had a rib out. Sometimes I would feel a tightness to the left of my right breast, sometimes to the right of it. I was a few months overdue for my annual mammogram ultrasound, which I have been getting for the last 5 years or so (since about 40 years old.) I was stalling because I had read a lot about radiation in the past months and it's negative effect on the body, and I wasn't sure that I wanted to continue with the ultrasound. I read about thermography scans- which cause no harm at all to the body. ( Thermography measures the health of the body in degrees of heat. While you do not see "shapes" as you would in an ultrasound, you can see hot areas that indicate anything from slight inflammation to cancer.)
Around this same time, the time I was booking the appointment, I was feeling like I needed to start getting some aerobic exercise. Everybody thinks I get so much exercise from being a yoga teacher, but- I'm teaching the class, not taking it. And while I do move around a lot- it's not focused exercise. My energy is going towards other people 100%. I realized it had been a long time, maybe a year or more, since I had done my 3 days a week of walking or running. My schedule just didn't seem to offer much time for "me" time these days. Also what was happening at this time is I was feeling like my plant-based diet wasn't working as it once had. I kept feeling like I was consuming too many nuts and oils and my de-tox wasn't continuing as I knew it needed to. I know it sounds weird, because I eat REALLY healthy. But, all I can say is something didn't feel right, I felt I needed to get down to a deeper layer of de-tox.
Let me cut to the chase: what my radiology scan revealed is that I had heat in my right breast. No mass or tumor or anything like that- but rather inflammation in part of the right breast and sluggishness in the lymphs. Something to be cautious and aware of. A "warning" of sorts.
I realized that all I had been feeling and thinking prior to my scan was coming from my intuitive self. My body was needing to clear toxins and it was of high importance that I do so immediately. Thanks to the advice of the lab technician, I got introduced to rebounding (jumping on a small trampoline), which is one of the very best things you can do to get the lymphs to move and drain. The lymph system is essentially the garbage truck of the body but it has no "pump" like the heart, to push fluids through. The body has to move the lymph by exercise and the best way to "push" toxins through the lymph is by having split seconds of "g-force" - thus jumping on the rebounder. I LOVE doing this. I do it about 40 minutes a day, broken up into 20 minute sections. I am SOLD on rebounding.
The other thing she told me about is dry-brushing. I've heard of this many times but never, for some reason, added it to my health regime. Dry-brushing also stimulates the lymphatic system. You can learn more about it here and here.
The last thing I began to do is something of high importance. For the first time in my life, I started a cleanse. This is the 28 day cleanse that Anthony William (my mentor) speaks about in his first book and I have been wanting to try. I've been wanting to do a cleanse for many years, but it has taken me this long to actually feel joyful about committing to one. This cleanse is not a "juice fast"- it's simply putting ones' self on a diet of ONLY raw fruits and vegetables. Anthony speaks about the benefits far better than I ever could right here (scroll down to find the podcast.) This cleanse has very low plant fat, which is what my intuition had been telling me about as I described above. I am also adding in some cooked vegetables when I want, (I had a baked potato with my huge salad last night, for example, so I'm not going 100% raw- very close though.)
I very much recommend listening to Anthony's podcast I've linked to above before you jump to conclusions about what a cleanse is or does. Because I can eat as much fruits and veggies as I want (smoothies, salads, etc..) I do not get hungry! I eat every few hours - and each time until I am full. I don't get light-headed, either.
Which reminds me...do you have an issue clicking on my links? If you are using Bloglovin' to read my blog, you may want to just get the notices from Bloglovin' but actually go to my url to read my blog (www.corysipper.net) so that you can have access to all the links.
MUCH more coming on this whole experience, the deeper spiritual aspects and lots more in the posts to follow. For today I really just wanted to catch up with you on the bigger pieces. I leave you with Bridge pose (pictured above.) Bridge encourages us to stay calm as the body does it's work. It is very strengthening for the low back and legs (even more so when squeezing a block between the thighs as in my photo) and also is a heart-opener and beneficial for the thyroid. Instructions are here.
Much more coming...and sending Love and Health to you,