Make Lemonade

March 1, 2012

When life gives you lemons, squeeze them in your water and enjoy the benefits!

Lately I've become more conscious of all the simple little things I can do to transform my body into a temple of healing. The benefits of drinking lemon water are well known. Starting your day with a tall glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon helps to cleanse the liver, assists in digestion and detoxification, purifies the blood, and promotes alkalinity (I always found it symbolic that lemons are acidic but become alkalizing when digested).

Such a simple thing can promote so much healing.

We all need healing at different times in our lives. To heal we cannot reject our illness and grief or use anger and aversion to get rid of them. Instead we have to bring a tender healing energy to all that is sick or torn, what is broken or lost. We need to become the instruments for peace and healing, as the famous prayer of St-Francis reminds us.

Sometimes, all that is required to heal, is that we become present.

It's in the little things. It's what we do with the lemons we're given. An important teaching in yoga is that when we stay present with the hardships that arise and digest them, (meaning not push them away or avoid them), what seems like the poison can become the nectar.

May we bring healing to ourselves and others. May we squeeze the lemons we're given and drink them daily so they become wellsprings of renewal and healing.

Chantal Russell