Every year when spring comes around, we gain a cultural urgency to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Thrift store lots fill with spring cleaning piles, flower beds are ripped up and replanted, and winter sweaters are packed away in favor of flowy dresses and silk shorts. "Cleaning out" our stuff in general has become incredibly popular. White walls, limited decor, neutral colors and a "minimalist" lifestyle (whatever that means) have never been more trendy. "Clean eating" blogs have taken over the internet and "detoxing" has become a commonly used word in American households (or at least among women ages 18-40).
I'm not going got lie, after an amazing spring break in Mexico, I returned to Durango ready to jump aboard the detox train. I committed to cutting refined sugars, excersising daily, taking epsom salt baths, and drinking gallons of cucumber-lemon water. It's been good. The beautiful Colorado weather makes it easy to get outside, my blender is living permanently on my counter, my bathroom smells like lavender, and the inside of my refrigerator looks like a farmer's market produce stand. Having friends and family who are always willing to try a new green tea or go on a bike ride helps too!
But... All of this detoxing has me thinking about how interesting it is that our culture finds it so easy to motivate ourselves to get rid of harmful chemicals and processed packaged food, while we leave the rest of our lives cluttered with toxins.
I have to wonder what it would look like if our culture took a break from focusing on "clean foods" and "an active lifestyle", and instead, even for a moment, focussed on detoxing other areas of our lives. What would happen if we put a hold on our ever-growing consumeristic wish lists and started enjoying what we already have? What would it look like for us to detox from over-productivity - to stop making lists and start reading books? What if we took a break from pride, selfishness and self-critisism, and instead of living with regrets, started living in the hope that HE gives? What would our culture look like if we allowed our spring cleaning and pre-summer detoxes to reach beyond our physical bodies and into our thoughts and actions?
I mean COME ON! If I can convince my girlfriend to attend a six AM pilates class with me, then surely I can inspire her to also put down her cell phone. If I can talk my sister into spending an hour riding bikes, surely I can spend an hour talking about life with her. If I can stay ahead of my fifteen fitbit friends' walking distances (I wish), then surely I can spend some time praying for each of those friends. If I can force my husband to eat a diet consisting mainly of kale and chia seeds then we could probably also read the Bible together.
As we grow nearer to the end of holy week, I pray that we would allow G-d to come into every area of our lives and truly detox us from the ways of the world. I pray that we may seek out the only one who can truly make us clean.