“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” the Buddha
The start of the new year causes everyone to reflect on making changes to their lives. It’s a reset point. The ads and emails abound with solutions to help you lose weight, detox the body, bulk that body, improve that attitude, declutter and start anew. Each of these is virtuous in its own right, and I’m on board with all of them. I want to add decluttering and detoxing the mind the lists of must-dos.
The start of the new year has also meant that I’ve had new clients exploring the various services that I offer. As I work with them and have multiple conversations, I realize that we need to DeTox our Minds. The image is clear, a brain with 50,000 thoughts swirling around. Most of the thoughts are remnants of old patterns, stories, fears, doubts and messages that don’t lead to present moment peace. The brain does what it does – which is to think and support your functioning on this earth. The problem lies in the thousands of random thoughts that swirl around on a daily basis. To remedy this busy brain or monkey mind, I envisioned holding a big water hose and washing away the negative thought patterns. Only if it was that simple.
Instead, I encourage my clients to begin to detox their mind by increasing the space between their thoughts. You, like them, are probably wondering how?
Well, it comes back to something basic. Get out of your head and get into a meditation practice. Meditation Detoxes the Mind:
- Slows down the breathing – slow down the breathing and slow down the thoughts
- Provides a focusing tool via a mantra or image to take you from mind to soul
- Increases awareness through the silence and knocks on the door of your soul
- Once you experience the silencing of the mind, you can observe the thoughts and be proactive in managing them
- Spending fewer minutes in your brain, and more time with your soul expands one’s peace, wisdom, and joy.
Through the process, you realize that you’re the thinker of the thoughts. The thoughts aren’t you, and most of them aren’t real. As a person thinketh, so shall they be.
If you’re struggling with this process, feel free to try the Introductory Meditation Class.