Have you ever had one of those ‘AHA’ moments, you know those when the light bulb goes on and you say “Oh Yeah, Duh!” ? It happened for me when I was cleaning my kitchen counter. I have found there is something really satisfying about cleaning without chemicals, if you haven’t tried it you should. As I cleaned I was wondering why removing chemicals from the products in my home had become so important to me, I mean I had spent the last 40 years using bleach for everything and suddenly it was offensive to me…….Really?
Where did my Toxic Free Journey begin?
As I started to look back I realized that this latest phase of removing chemicals from my home was really just one of many lifestyle changes that have taken place on my journey for the last 18 years. I like to call life a journey because that’s what it has been for me and I am still on the road!
Spiritual Connection to Toxic Free
At that moment, standing in my kitchen, I actually spoke out loud, ‘Duh’! For the first time I saw clearly how my physical well being was totally integrated with all the other areas of my life. It occurred to me that our bodies are like well oiled machines, to function we depend upon all the parts being in good working order. As much as we need a clean, well balanced diet, we need regular exercise, a strong spiritual connection, loving relationships and healthy ways to manage stress. It is as equally important to care about a GMO free diet as it is to use products without harmful chemicals or to raise your kids in a safe and loving environment. Light Bulb moment! I don’t know about you but for me, there was a time when, to be quite honest, I didn’t really take care of my health. I didn’t worry about the right food or enough exercise, sleep was for sissy’s and it was never to late to start the party. I was constantly in relationships that were totally dysfunctional and unhealthy, I worked but barely made the bills and although I didn’t realize it at the time, I was really depressed. Eventually I got physically sick from the life I was leading, my immune system was non existent, I constantly had minor illnesses and coughs and colds were frequent. I was living but really had no purpose, I was just getting by. I know it sounds comical but at that point there would have been no real benefit from switching out my shampoo! Chemicals in my soap were the least of my problems! In retrospect, I actually feel quite blessed to be in as good shape as I am for my age because it wasn’t until I was in my late 30’s that I DID begin to care and started to make changes. I would love to say it’s been easy but it’s not! It’s been much more of an ongoing gradual transformation that started with a spiritual connection with God and that, of all things, has been the one constant throughout my Toxic Free Journey. Through my spiritual connection I learned to be responsible for myself and my actions and it is up to me to be the best ME that I can be. That means doing things that are GOOD for my health and not things that will put it in jeopardy. It would be all too easy to live in denial of what I am responsible for where my health is concerned and hope that a visit to the doctor will diagnose it with an X-ray or fix it with another pill. When it comes down to lifestyle, It won’t. Whether I am exposing myself to toxic chemicals or toxic relationships, I am putting my health at risk.
What I’ve Learned from Toxic Free Lifestyle
So what I realized is that living a toxic free lifestyle is not just about detoxing and cleansing. It is not just about eating organic or exercising regularly and it’s not just about cleaning up the chemicals from our personal care and cleaning products! It is about ALL those things and more! It’s about living life to our full potential, the way we were created to live! It’s an ongoing journey of self improvement and treating others with respect in our relationships, being conscious of the way we treat our kids and our spouse, giving to others and helping those in need. Its about acting with caring and compassion and helping those who want to make changes in their lives too. It’s a series of health changes that we make in ALL areas of our lives, spiritually, emotionally, financially and physically.