Cleaning our surroundings is one aspect of external shaucha—the other is purifying our body.
But keeping our outer surroundings—home, office, car—clear of dust, dirt, and clutter is only one aspect of external shaucha. The other is to keep our body clean and healthy. Many of us, caught in the busyness of day-to-day life, end up cutting corners—eating fast food, forgetting to exercise, breathing rapidly and shallowly in a mad dash to get everything done—and becoming comatose at the end of the day, surfing the Web or bingeing on ice cream. Until one day, we take a good look at ourselves and are stunned to see that we are overweight, our blood pressure has skyrocketed, and we huff and puff going up the stairs. Our body carries too many toxins and we need to cleanse. Practicing shaucha can bring us back to balance.