Day 7 of My Ayurvedic Cleanse: Being Open to Change
It's amazing how powerful old patterns can affect us. On day seven of my ayurvedic cleanse a number of defeating conversations were going through my mind. Here are a few of them … “I've done so well these past six days, don't I deserve a glass of wine?” … “ wow, that steak sure looks good and I don't even like steak” … “after this, I don't 'care if I see another vegetable again”!
This all came about after spending more than seven hours in a car driving to Ft. Davis, Texas for the weekend. Beforehand, I had carefully prepared and packed my meals and herbal supplements, but I wasn't prepared for the temptation I would face later that day. By the time my husband and I arrived at the Limpia Hotel in Ft. Davis, we were both very tired and hungry … not a good place to find yourself when you're trying to eat healthy. Sitting on the porch of the hotel restaurant, my husband and I ate our respective meals … he, a steak and baked potato, and me, my prepared vegetable stir-fry with quinoa. I've always viewed getaways like these as opportunities to indulge and I was feeling a little sorry for myself as I watched him enjoy his meal. Even though I don't like steak, I was longing for a glass of wine.
The longer I sat on that porch, however, the more I became inspired by the amazing sunset. As the conversations in my head began to fade, I started realizing how fortunate I was to be in this natural setting with so much beauty around me. The vast expanse of mountains, trees and flowers surrounding me began to cleanse and soothe my mind and spirit that evening. It was was better than the most expensive glass of Pinot Grigio I could have hoped for and helped shift my thinking from deprivation to gratitude.
During the rest of the weekend, I continued eating my prepared meals, but with much more gratitude in my heart. It wasn't easy finding a microwave oven to heat up my food when I needed one, or socialize with others and being constantly asked why on earth I was doing this cleanse, but the trip was worth it. I had the opportunity to witness some of the most awesome beauty Mother Nature has to offer and the food I ate was the fuel to nourish my body so that I could hike and enjoy the scenery around me. When I arrived home in Austin on Sunday, I was proud of myself for being able to let go of the negativity and be open to the experience. It helped me to realize that I wasn't really deprived at all, but rather, had been given a gift.