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Recently I noticed that my burning passion had been extinguished. Nothing seemed to excite me anymore. I haven’t had much motivation to do anything.
So, I decided to go on a 48 hour complete dopamine detox. During this detox, I could not use my phone or any technology at all. I was not able to eat any food. I didn’t even allow myself to read books, which was weirdly the hardest part. I didn’t even allow myself to lay in bed. I actually only slept a total of 6 hours during the whole 48 hour span.
All I allowed myself to do was meditate, spend time in nature and drink water. This is all I did for 48 straight hours. And honestly, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
I never once got the urge to go on my phone or laptop. I actually shut both of them off and put them away in a drawer. The thought never once crossed my mind to check them.
I was tempted to eat a couple of different times. But luckily, I literally had no food at all in my apartment. This is what my fridge looked like:
Whenever I got hungry I would just drink some water and the hunger would go away within 5 minutes.
During all of this, I came to a pretty big realization: If you can control your hunger, you can control your life. Find out how, here.
Like I said earlier, the hardest part was not being able to read. I had so many books just laying around and I wanted to consume all the knowledge. But I fought the urge and just stuck to meditating and hiking.
Long story short, I learned a lot of things actually. I realized that cell phones and the internet in general are huge causes of anxiety and the feeling of emptiness. They also disconnect us from the beauty of life and don’t allow us to live in the present moment.
Knowing I wasn’t able to distract myself with anything, and knowing I was forced to fully live in the moment was an amazing thing. Saying that it was beautiful and life changing is an understatement.
Being able to self-reflect for 48 hours with no distractions was very rewarding. I came to terms with every single thought and doubt I had in my mind. I faced every single problem head on and conquered it. I was able to reflect on my whole entire life and resolve anything that was weighing me down. I successfully got rid of all of my baggage and my head just feels so clear and I feel so free.
One other major thing I realized was where my lack of motivation and passion was originating from. I realized passion comes from your heart; not your head.
Passion comes from love. You have to truly love your life and you have to love what you are doing to get that sense of motivation and desire. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Without it, you feel very empty and unmotivated.
There was actually a time not long ago where I would literally jump out of bed in the morning because I was so excited to work on improving my life.
I would be so excited to work on my books and my blog. There were times when I would refuse to go to bed because I felt so good and alive and motivated that I didn’t want to waste any time sleeping. There were times where I wouldn’t eat for 3 days straight because I was so happy and alive and engaged in my work that I didn’t even notice I was hungry.
But, recently I have lost that spark. And during this detox I realized it was because I was neglecting my heart and living solely through my head.
I was too stuck in my head using only knowledge and logic. I fell in to the false need of being a perfectionist. I was avoiding doing any of my work because I had the mindset that everything needed to be perfect.
But, I realized how stupid that was. Life is all about learning. There is no such thing as failure. Everything in life is simply a learning experience.
If perfection existed there would be no point in human life. We are here to make mistakes and learn from them. We are here to grow and become better people.
But in order to learn and grow you need to take action. There is no opportunity to learn, if you are not doing anything to improve and advance your life.
Life is all about taking risks and going outside of your comfort zone.
If you fail, who cares, at least you tried. At least you took action. It is better than not doing anything and being stuck with the nagging thought of, “what if.”
When the end of your life comes near, you will not regret the things you did. You will regret all of the things you didn’t do.
No one is perfect. We all makes mistakes. Just try your best and learn from the experience. That is what life is all about.
During the detox, I realized I have been neglecting my emotions. I was too focused on logic and knowledge. I was stuck living in my head.
But this detox helped me reconnect with my heart. My burning passion has been rekindled because I opened myself back up to love. I had to rememeber the reason why I do what I do.
Everything I do is to help other people and make the world a better place. And to do that I need to be leading with my heart and leading with Love.
All in all, this was an amazing experience to say the least.
It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was actually only going to do it for 24 hours but I felt so good and I was learning so much so I decided to go on for 48 hours.
There was so much more that I learned and experienced, but this post is getting quite long so I am going to stop there.
I recommend a detox to anyone who is lacking motivation and inspiration. I think we all know we could use that extra push in life.
A detox will help you figure everything out in life and help you find your purpose and your passions.
Just start with 24 hours. It is a lot easier than it sounds and it is so worth it. Once you are done everything in life is so much better.
Food tastes better, music sounds better. Overall, you just appreciate life so much more.
You are grateful for what you do have and you no longer focus on what you don’t have.
Try it out for yourself, you won’t regret it.
Don’t worry, I went shopping right before this and my fridge is looking a lot better. For some reason the only food I thought about during the detox was watermelon. So I cant wait to cut it up and eat it. It’s going to be life changing.