Fall is a perfect time to cleanse, reboot and revitalize body, mind and spirit. In fact, when done at the fall equinox folklore says it will keep you from getting sick the following season. Prepare for fall by releasing the heat of the summer.
The Fall Equinox this year falls on September 22nd. This easy -to-follow Fall Equinox Juice Fast is a full body tune-up in just 24 hours (see below.)
Equinoxes are moments in time when day and night are equal. They measure fullness and balance in nature. Honor this moment as a time to balance. We are beings conjoined with nature, not separate from it. Now is the time to acknowledge in ourselves what is plentiful and ready to harvest just like in our gardens.
6:30 am - 8:00 am - warm water and lemon; gentle stretching; meditation
9:00 am – 10:00 am - High C Drink
2 Large Carrots
1 Turmeric Root
10:00 – 11:00 - Drink Herbal Tea and Water, Apply Sesame or Almond Oil to Skin, Warm Water and Salt Netti Pot (add a drop of oil), Begin Decluttering Home and Car.
11:00 – 12:00 - High Sun Detox Juice
1 Medium Red Beet
1 Large Green Apple
1 Cup Kale Leaves
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm - Green Juice
2 Cups spinach
3 Leaves Yellow Beet Greens
2 Large Celery Sticks
½ Cucumber Peeled
1 Cup Green Grapes
1 Inch Fresh Ginger
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - More Green Juice
2 Celery sticks
3 Leaves Kale
1 Cup Parsley
1 Green Apple
1 Inch Fresh Ginger
1 Peeled Lemon
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm - Drink Herbal Tea and Water
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Happy Hour Seasonal Shift Juice
2 Cups Butternut Squash
2 Apples or Pears
Dash of Cinnamon and Nutmeg
This juice is wonderful served warm
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm - Vegetable Stock
Use trimmings from veggies and boil in 3 cups of water for mineral broth to sip on
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Herbal Tea, Warm Almond Milk with Cardamom, or Water
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm - Gentle Stretching, 20 Squats, Focused Breathing. Brush Teeth, Floss and Oil Pull for 10 to 15 minutes, Shut Down ALL Electronic Devices, Journal or Read.
10:00 – 11:00 - Bedtime
GIVE THANKS FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED.
How to move with ease and grace
In the unspoken addiction to life
Afflictions amplified by
Memories of truth
Are always by my side
Do not fall asleep
Illusion and constraints
Three dimensions create walls
Do not get trapped on one side
Like the moon in daylight
Dance in the field and
Delight in the horizon
Angels and Demons
Woven together tight
Shadows compressed into space
The mind betrayed by itself
awakens from confinement
In the distance Is love
Cells held together
By gravity shared
The planet is animated again
A new hologram
Rainbow light flickers
Shutters and shakes
Around and around
Here I am. It is 2 a.m. and another long night.
I lay here recovering from hip replacement surgery. I am grateful for my new hardware and the medicine to help me get my life back. I can already tell the choice to have my hip replaced was a good one and I look forward to full mobility and no pain soon.
Beginning week two, my days move just as slow as my nights right now. I lay around, take short walks to the kitchen and bathroom, exercise in bed and ice all day long. I am fortunate to be recovering quickly and without too many medications. I take aspirin to avoid blood clots, anti-inflammatory for swelling and Tylenol for pain. I tried the narcotics, but they left me depressed and foggy-headed, so I let them go immediately. I can’t wait for the day to dance again, hike again and bend over to tie my shoe again!
You may be asking, “how did this happen to me when I have been so involved in yoga, healthy food, and healthy lifestyle”? I have asked myself the same question for the past four years. All I know is one day I was fine and the next day I was not. At least that is what I thought.
It all started in 2016. Dad got sick in September and quickly declined after his fateful fall in October. He shattered his right hip and shortly after died. Simultaneously, I awoke the next morning with a bone spur and hip dysplasia. For four years it continuously got worse.
I felt like half of my identity died when my father died. Half of me cast into the underworld traversing a maze of ancestral genes, stored in my body. Not being the type to lay idle I decided it would be a good time to excavate. My past became an archeological dig site. Skeletons of pain and betrayal began to emerge. I discovered that generations of resentment had left their mark on the landscape of my pelvis.
I implemented state-of-the-art technology. Lifestyle changes, energy work, water only fasts, vegan diet, bio feedback, ayahuasca, sound therapy, ozone, lights, stem cells, and more but it wasn’t until that moment when respected professionals told me it’s time for a full hip replacement that it hit me. “I had a problem that I couldn’t fix.”
To have part of my body removed was like taking a long-standing infection out of me. A hitch hiker hiding in the bones of the ancient past removed and replaced. I am so grateful for the amazing technology of Western Medicine and what they do best! Surgery. An implanted treasure of titanium, cobalt and glue restored the integrity of this body monument.
I am SO grateful to my husband Peter, and to my sons Cameron and Evan for their part in this archeological expedition, turning up treasures hidden from view. I could not have done it without a team.
With new eyes and new perspective my heart is now capable to hold more love, freedom and adventures to come. I feel like I have a new life in front of me and I am SO EXCITED TO LIVE IN TO THIS NEW FUTURE!
by Karen Barbarick-Collins
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach as well as a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.