Last night I watched the movie, May I be Frank. It has been recommended to me several times when I have shared what I do with people. Frank is an overweight, drug addicted, angry, depressed man who decides to make a change in his lifestyle. He does it through the encouragement and support of the staff at Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco.
The biggest most compelling part for me watching this movie is, the process is so much bigger than poop and food. Did I say poop? Yes! I was a Colon Hydrotherapist. Frank went to see a Colon Hydrotherapist in the movie. He was very surprised by the amount and degree of emotion he began to feel as he progressively got rid of his shit. And I am not only talking poop here. As he changed his diet, his thoughts and cleaned his colon he became more aware on many levels; including feeling his feelings more deeply and remembering feelings he had suppressed.
As we release the toxicity in our bodies and our lives, we are able to reveal what really needs to be addressed. Emotions and feelings arise from deep down as we remove the logs from the dam. Whether it be cleaning our colon, closets, fridge, pantry, mind or eating habits it is all a cleaning and clearing out process; it is a cleansing. It goes way beyond and so much deeper than just poop or food.
As we release the layers of toxicity, pain, fear, abuse, negative stories, old behavior patterns, and beliefs, we free ourselves up for clarity and truth. The clearer we see, the deeper we can go. As we address the depth of our true hungering, the reasons we eat what doesn’t serve us, we can go deeper into the true soul searching and begin to feed was is truly hungering.
It is a Spiritual practice. This is how we meet ourselves. This is how we get our needs met from others. This is how we nourish ourselves with healthy, nutritious food, thought and people.
I cannot emphasize enough how crucial, valuable and absolutely necessary this process is to be healthy inside and out. I believe it is also crucial for human survival. It is an ongoing process. Wherever you are is valuable. The best place to start is right where you are.
One step at a time. One food at a time. One thought at a time.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. –Martin Luther King Jr.