Have you seen this book? It mildly intrigued me, and I had it on my mental "to look at maybe reading someday" list.
Then I went to the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, which was simulcast at my church. Craig Groeschel, the author of Soul Detox, was the last speaker on the first day of the Summit. He was an outstanding speaker, and it bumped his book up to the top of my "must read" list. (It also helped that it was on sale for $3.99 on Kindle.)
Coincidentally, I had been prepping and planning to start a 3 day juice cleanse two days after the Summit. I started thinking this would be the perfect opportunity to start Soul Detox. I turned my 3 day juice cleanse into a 3 day spiritual kind of cleanse too.
I deleted Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest off of my phone. I didn't watch TV. I even changed my running playlist from the usual Justin Bieber/Top 40 music to a list of upbeat worship favorites. I needed/wanted to eliminate as many "worldly" distractions as I could and move my focus towards God. "Everything that we allow into our minds, hearts, and lives - everything that we spend our time and money on - has an impact on how we grow, or don't grow, spiritually." (Groeschel)
The goal of my cleanse was to find some quiet. In a summer filled with traveling and busy life, I needed to pause before school started and give my mind some space. As Craig Groeschel says in his book, "We want to move forward spiritually but feel like we're running against the wind. We want more - we know there's more - but we just can't seem to find it."
1. I was SO TIRED of juice after 2 days. I have a juicer and prepped my own, and by day 3 I was literally gagging on the juice - even the good tasting ones.
2. I had ZERO sweet cravings after the cleanse. None. And I have a serious sweet tooth.
3. I had SO MANY God cravings after the cleanse. Every day since, and it's been a week, I have just yearned for quiet time. I've spent so much more time just sitting in my favorite chair listening to quiet music and reading.
4. I didn't miss the media. Okay, except Pinterest - I missed that. But I didn't even put Facebook back on my phone, and I don't miss it. I go on the mobile site about once or twice a day now instead of checking it whenver I'm bored. I found that once I made up my mind to stop checking it - I came to the conclusion that (bluntly) I just didn't really care all that much about every life update. Who knew?!?
5. I ran my fastest mile time the first run with my worship playlist. And I haven't gone back to my Bieber tunes yet.
I'm turning the world off
Embracing the silence
Walking away from all the voices
That are screaming in my ear.
I've been too caught up
I've been so stressed out
And all of the noise replaced the whisper
That used to be so clear.