Soul Detox 1

16 Sep
a moment of solitude...

a moment of solitude…

It was my second climb up Crowders Mountain for the year. But it was a solo trip this time. The day had no sun making a showing and lots of grey clouds, but they in no way reflected my mood. Just some me time, God time…..actually ‘time’ wasn’t even a factor 🙂 I have come to realize that waiting for someone to do the things that I like to do might keep me waiting forever, or worse yet, give me an excuse not to do it at all….so I packed my backpack, camera and tripod in tow, and headed out.

Craig Groeschel’s ‘Soul Detox’ is at the top of my reading queue and this was one of the reasons I made this trip. A soul detox captivated my mind 😉 Detox by definition is a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. Many of us detox our bodies, or if we don’t, we need to. It’s almost like a good ‘spring cleaning’. Giving our bodies a chance to reset and reboot.

my perch for the day...

my perch for the day…

A soul detox is a chance to get rid of soul pollutants. Negative emotions, negative thoughts, negative language, negative people and negative perspectives. Thoughts and feelings that go unchecked which cause anger, bitterness and resentment. Television shows that add nothing to your personal growth. People that drain you…who always have something negative going on. Busyness; never a moment to be still and reflect; to check in with your self and evaluate. To see if you’ve lost yourself in this thing called life.

 A few weeks ago I was speaking to someone who was about to retire after 30 years. I asked her what was she going to do and she said “Find myself. I have lost myself over the years”. I didn’t want that. I wanted to learn to have all of me present in the moment.

view from 1700ft....

view from 1700ft….

Have you ever felt like you’ve lost your zeal, or as my partner at work puts it, being in a ‘rut’? Our soul is the essence of who we are. It is what makes us sing, dance, laugh, smile, love, glow, give, care, share, press on, keep hope alive, dream, our eyes sparkle…..

It doesn’t require a lot. Just taking a day or two to see how being around certain people make you feel, how listening to certain music makes you feel, how engaging in certain conversations make you feel. Do you feel positive and inspired, do you feel motivated, do you feel energized, do you feel closer to God? If not, Unplug.

Rest, walk, run, pray, swim, read, journal, cry, wonder, turn the TV off, turn off electronics, enjoy nature, take a vacation or a ‘stay’cation, make a gratitude list, date yourself, no more secrets, find accountability, surround yourself with positivity, embrace change and just be…..

 Blessings always.


just be....

just be….


Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Love


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7 responses to “Soul Detox 1

  1. Dominic

    September 17, 2014 at 2:36 am

    WOW!!! Jacq, I was thinking about the same thing… I’m taking some time off in 10 days I’m directing all my calls to the office, getting a new number for the important people and will be off the map for 12 days. I need a soul detox New Yorkers can get your soul messed up in a hot minute.

    • JC

      September 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Haha, it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race and not even realize it. I was off Facebook for a while and they were sending me emails about what I was ‘missing’ lol.
      Unplugging has been a blessing 🙂 Let me know how yours goes….

  2. Brenda Allison

    September 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I just saw your post as I was scrolling FB and sipping on my green smoothie! Soul Detox 1 really hit home for me. I had to read it twice! I am at a place where I am trying to detox my mind, body, & soul. I thank God for using you as a vessel to reach so many of us. Please keep up the good work!!! Now I am going to try and find the book “Soul Detox” to read while I continue on this journey. It want be long now before you will be writing your own book for me to read. 🙂 Maybe a collection of THE SOUND….

  3. daniellajoe

    September 24, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Nice post!!!! I try to have downtime too 🙂
    I could never be on that ledge…. That’s scary😳😳

  4. aquene7

    September 25, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Yep me time with God. Recognise the importance of that one. Oh yeh, and the not waiting for others all the time, otherwise you’ll miss everything that’s in your heart to do:-)

  5. shunpwrites

    October 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    JC, this is simply amazing and I echo your sentiments. I call my communes in the arms of nature “detox” as well, I aim to do it weekly & if I miss a week, I certainly pay for it! I am glad to have stumiles onto your blog!

  6. Otto von Münchow

    November 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    A wonderful post. We should all detox our souls from time to time.


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