Integrating the ancient wisdom of yoga, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine with naturopathic principles and contemporary nutritional science, Jonathan Glass, M.Ac. C.A.T., presents a practical 28-day program, divided into four phases, designed to initiate and maximize detoxification of your body, mind, and spirit from the harmful effects of the modern lifestyle.
Glass reveals the interconnectedness of what we consume, both mentally and nutritionally, emphasizing that cleansing of the body alone will offer only a temporary solution if we do not also apply the same cleansing principles to our thoughts and actions. He provides delicious plant-based recipes and step-by-step instructions to resolve blockages and stagnation in the physical or emotional body. He includes tips on liver health and healthy elimination and guidance on how to cleanse the proliferation of toxic thought patterns in the mind as well as practices for a supportive karma cleanse ritual to detoxify the spirit. He explains how the soul is encased in five coverings, known as koshas, and details how to harmonize all five koshas through a plant-based diet, exercise, yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation/introspective practices.
Citing wisdom from teachers he has revered over the years and sages past and present, as well as teachings from the Vedas and other ancient texts, Glass reinforces that how we eat, think, and live directly impacts our health in body, mind, spirit, and our relationships. He also shows how the principles of the Total Life Cleanse inherently support the environment. By empowering you with a new way of thinking, seeing, and being, the Total Life Cleanse program allows you not only to heal yourself by changing your life patterns but also to heal others, as we foster a deeper connection to the life that surrounds us and ultimately the universe.
JONATHAN GLASS, M.Ac. C.A.T., is a master acupuncturist, certified Shuddha Ayurveda therapist, and herbalist who has served on the faculty of the New England School of Acupuncture and the Dharma Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda. An advocate of group-supported transformational cleanse programs, he has been in private practice since 1987 and cofounded the Healing Essence Center with his wife, Katherine Glass. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
THIS BOOK UNFOLDS IN TWO PARTS.
Part 1 shares my personal story and elucidates the reasons cleansing is essential and beneficial-perhaps more so today than ever before. It also reveals the philosophical foundation behind cleansing and its ancient roots, including principles of modern nutritional science, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine. Additionally, part 1 illuminates optimal eating practices, harmonizes conflicting dietary information, and explores critical health strategies.
Total Life Cleanse includes numerous references to ancient Vedic scriptures, such as the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. These Eastern bible-like texts are thou-sands of years old and are among the sources of yoga and ayurvedic philosophy, including practical life teachings for the body, mind, and soul. Where Sanskrit words are used, you'll find translations to facilitate easy understanding.
Part 2 is the "how to" section and includes everything you need to successfully cleanse. Here you'll find the Daily Routine Guide, the "On the Cleanse/Off the Cleanse" diet, recipes, seasonal tips, a shopping list, cleanse exercises, meditation practices, and supplement and herb recommendations, as well as all other pertinent and practical information.
The way I see it, there are four ways you can use this book. Choose whichever one you think will work best for you.
1. Read the entire book from front to back. Then do th e cleanse, following the instructions in part 2. While you are cleansing, reread part 1. This is the most comprehensive approach to this cleansing process.
2. Skip part 1 and go right to part 2, and follow the instructions to do the cleanse. While cleansing, carefully read the entire book; it should inspire you with its empowering information and wisdom.
3. Read the entire book, and let it inspire you to accelerate your healing process. If you've cleansed before and have found additional cleansing practices effective, feel free to use them.
4. 4. This book contains a lot of information on a variety of topics, ranging from scientific to philosophical and technical to practical. Read the entire book straight through or move around to the sections that interest you the most. Then put it down and digest the information for a while. Come back to the book, and cleanse when you feel ready.
THE PROGRAM OUTLINED IN THIS BOOK, which I call the Healing Essence Total Life Cleanse, was initially created by Dr. Kevin Gregg and me to provide the education, structure, and support the patients in our practice needed to cleanse safely and effectively. It was designed to simultaneously assist them in integrating into their life the healthiest whole-foods plant-based dietary and lifestyle practices.
The cleanse presented in part 2 is our most widely practiced twenty-eight-day pro-gram. However, the program evolved through a series of different-length cleanses, some lasting for many weeks and others for just a few days. To our surprise and pleasure, even the shorter cleanses had powerful and positive results.
I have personally experienced that total life cleansing consistently advances health and wellness, on every level of our being. This is why I am so passionate about sharing this information.
You may reasonably wonder, "Why would Jonathan choose to write another book on cleansing when there are so many others available?"
My answer is threefold:
First, the Healing Essence Total Life Cleanse stems from decades of cleansing experience, both personally and in support of thousands of students through its transformative process. The breadth and depth of this experience, both in the doing and in the educating, inestimably increases its value. Many commercial cleanses are based on good logic. However, few, if any, have had our degree of personal, day-to-day, direct experience with students and patients. Unlike pre packaged programs, our program grew organically and was engendered by dedicated practitioners. There is nothing like real people having real experiences. After more than twenty years of working with patients facing troubling conditions, I can honestly say that I have witnessed the cleansing program initiate some of the most transformational turnarounds in health I could have ever imagined. Second, the approach to cleansing in this program is based on a holistic paradigm that uniquely takes into account body, mind, and soul as equally essential aspects of the healing process. Third, our health as human beings on this planet is at a tipping point. The Healing Essence Total Life Cleanse inculcates "higher-octave" universal philosophical and spiritual values that significantly contribute to both personal and planetary healing. The Healing Essence Total Life Cleanse will support you in:
O Understanding the countless benefits of cleansing O Cleansing deeply and effectively, on many levels O Avoiding the potential pitfalls and downsides of cleansing O Making positive dietary and lifestyle changes for a lifetime O Improving your health in body, mind, and spirit O Making a positive impact on our environment and all of its inhabitants.
Cleansing and detoxification have been practiced as healing arts on this planet for many thousands of years. Time and time again, it's been confirmed that how we eat and how we live directly impact the environment and our health in body, mind, and spirit. Even our relationships improve when we eat and live well, and we find improved mental clarity, less pain, and more joy. Everyone in our circle benefits. In this way, the Healing Essence Total Life Cleanse is ancient wisdom adapted to modern times-dramatically enhancing its effectiveness. Appreciating the deeper purpose of cleansing profoundly amplifies the cleansing experience. Cleansing is not simply about purifying an organ, improving elimination, or even curing ourselves of serious disease. Ultimately, it's about knowing ourselves, fulfilling our life purpose, and reawakening the magic and divinity of life.
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