I’m journeying through the final hours of a 14-day cleanse. The desire to massage away my daily chocolate cravings and generally reset my body chemistry motivated this attempt.
The last intentional cleanse I undertook was Kris Carr’s 21-day Crazy, Sexy Diet alkalizing regimen, which fundamentally simplified my vegan diet, boosted my self-confidence, and gave me a taste of what vibrant health can be.
A few years and lots of change have passed since then, and somehow in that gap of time and events, I forgot about the emotional and spiritual re-centering that can accompany physical purification. It’s an obvious reality, really, and an odd one for me to forget; perhaps a sign of how much I have truly needed to trace what has become an insatiable, distracting chocolate desire to its roots!
The Buddha teaches in his Four Noble Truths (at least as I understand them) that the cause of suffering is craving or thirst, which is expressed in the constant pursuit of external things, ideas, and experiences that appear to bring happiness, contentment and peace. Frustratingly, the delivered satisfaction and relief are only temporary. This is chocolate’s bittersweetness.
Craving is fed by ignorance of, discomfort with, and distance from who we are. The Buddha prescribes the Eightfold Path, leading to Enlightenment or Awakening, as the path for healing this dis-ease.
Cleansing, I’ve realized, works along these lines, simultaneously coaxing the body into balance, while providing space for gentle self-observation, release from extensions and a subsequent re-centering.
What I’ve found at the center during these two weeks has been me. And perhaps more importantly me being ok, even happy, with me. A healing, chocolate-free enlightenment of sorts.
About the image of the goats, which starts this post: I snapped their picture while journeying along a winding state highway to a house-warming last Sunday. They seemed so happy with themselves, balanced on their traffic-watching log ,that I felt inspired to include them.