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Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
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Tips to help detox your mind:

Detoxing your mind can be as good for your health as detoxing your body.
By Beverly Goldsmith
Date: February 01 2014
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Detoxing one’s body it seems, has become as popular as visiting a health spa to be massaged, mud-packed or steamed. Yet cleansing the body inside and out, is not all we can do to be healthier. It can also be beneficial to detox your mind. Such action is good for your health – both mental and physical.

From time-to-time negative feelings, when unchecked, can build up to alarming levels of distress in thinking. Without a good clean out, unhealthy emotions such as hurt and anger can fester away, spoiling a person’s good nature, destroying their peace of mind, and damaging their wellbeing.

Flush out corrosive feelings 

There’s an ancient story about a woman who was forced to leave her home and country. Filled with resentment at this incident in her life, she was unable to mentally move forward and looked back in anger. In so doing, she turned herself into a 'pillar of salt' – she became permanently embittered by what she perceived as the wrong done to her.


  • Avoid the mistake of harbouring destructive feelings such as resentment and estrangement.
  • When showering, don’t just think about keeping the body externally clean. Look within.  
  • Use a mental-loofah to scrub and exfoliate dead-end thinking.   
  • Gently wash away any buildup of disappointment or bitterness.
  • Rinse off unhappy thoughts about the past.
  • Allow calming, comforting, reassuring, and peace-encouraging ideas to flow into thinking.

Cleanse wounded feelings

Soaking one’s thinking in past insults or hurtful comments is not health-giving.  Imagine how freeing it would feel if the memory of unkind words or deeds were erased from thinking.


  • If someone has personally said or done something mean, rather than rehearsing the unkindness, mentally pull the plug on it. Let unpleasant memories flow down the drain - right out of thinking.
  • Dwell on good things that have taken place – a spontaneous hug from a child,  a kindness received.
  • Embrace this advice:
    • “Fix your thoughts on what is true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (The Bible)
    • “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.” (Science and  Health by Mary Baker Eddy)

Purify thinking

It’s long been considered that hatred is toxic. So too are harsh thoughts and acidic attitudes, holding a grudge, or seeking revenge. These eat away at the fabric of one’s thinking and good health. That’s why it’s helpful to detox the mind.


  • Hatred requires feeding to flourish sostarve it of nourishment. 
  • Snuff out the desire for revenge - to verbally or physically retaliate. Refuse to give it oxygen, or breath.  
  • Filter out unwholesome emotions and attitudes.
  • Pour into thinking the health-bringing, health-sustaining qualities of love, forgiveness, mercy, and kindness. 
  • Make time to meditate, purify and regenerate thinking.  It’s good for your health.
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