Detox Your Mind

detox your mind

Whether you realize it or not, one of the most powerful forces in your life is your self-image. A positive, healthy self-image can carry you to heights you’ve never imagined, while a negative self-image will pin you down like a lead weight.

To a large degree your self-image is influenced by the pictures and messages you continually feed into your mind. Positive, uplifting messages help to foster a healthy self image, while stories of doom and despair are sure to bring you down.

Your mind, just like your body, is conditioned by the pattern of your daily habits. If you get into the routine of exercising every day and putting wholesome nutritious food into your body, it is inevitable that your level of health will improve. By the same token, feasting on donuts and soda everyday while taking up permanent residence on the couch is like punching your ticket on the express train out of here.

By treating our minds like our bodies, that is feeding them what makes them healthier and exercising them the right way, we can make a complete shift in our mental make-up.

Detoxing your mind takes practice and discipline, but the payoff is invaluable. The eventual goal should be to always ooze positivity, but start by challenging yourself with a few days to a week of elevating your attitude and build from there. Journal your progress and take note of the changes that you see in yourself and in those around you.

Start by replacing the “junk food” that you force feed into your head with outrageously nutritious material. Focus on feeding nothing but positive, motivating things into your mind. This goes for what you watch, read, listen to, and most importantly, what you think.

Replace the dread and corruption reported on the evening news with a motivational reading, spiritual study, or uplifting music. Break away from gossip and get into the habit of passing out compliments.

If negative thoughts about yourself or someone else enter your mind (and they will) work on eliminating them or putting a positive spin on them. For example, instead of complaining that your water bill is too high, come up with creative ways to lower it or simply be thankful that you have running water at the turn of a knob.

You draw into your life those things that you consistently focus your time and energy on. Become a magnet for happiness and prosperity by continually thinking happy, prosperous thoughts. 

Commit, then Follow Through

magic bulletLet’s get right to the point. There is no magic bullet, the easy way out is the wrong way, and quick fixes never stand the test of time. We all know this to be true yet, astoundingly, we have been led to believe the exact opposite when it comes to our health and well-being. Medicine has become our magic elixir, our get-out-of-jailfree card. Why exercise your bones and joints when you can pop a pill instead? Sure you risk abdominal cramping and bone death, but at least you don’t have to get off the couch. Hair loss, obesity, short temper, shyness, itchy skin, dry eyes… You can bet that whatever ails you, no matter how trivial, there is a pill marketed for it.

The reason acupuncture continues to thrive for the past 2,500 years, even at times in the face of fierce opposition, is because it is built on solid, lasting, time-tested principles and theories. The health of your body is in direct proportion to the health of how your bodies innate healing energies travel throughout your meridian system. Energy flows throughout your body by way of an intricate network of pathways called the meridian system. Taking migraine medicine for a headache requires that your body not only fight the cause of the migraine, but now also the dangerous chemicals you are dumping into it.  We have essentially been trained to put out a fire by dousing it with gasoline. We have been led to believe that the work that the body has been accomplishing over thousands of years with amazing efficiency is suddenly no longer possible in the absence of drugs.

As much as we tend to overcomplicate it, staying healthy is really pretty simple.  Getting well requires that we optimize the function and flow of energy within our meridian system and then maintain its integrity to allow the body to do what it was created to do. The reason that so many of us struggle with our health is because as simple as the concept is, actually following through requires a high level of commitment and necessitates specific action steps on a daily basis. Everyone knows the formula for losing weight is to cut out the bad calories, watch your portions, and exercise daily, but few people can commit to following through.

It’s easier to look for the pill that requires no work output or the exercise video that promises miracles after 2 weeks, or to simply give into temptation.  Your body is a masterpiece and it requires consistent attention and respect. If you’re ready to make the commitment to getting well – not just feeling better through artificial means, but truly getting well – then welcome aboard! We’ll do everything we can to help you get there.

Vitality and Age Go to Battle

I spend a lot of time listening to people talk about their age.   When you work in a health related field, conversing about age is as common as conversing about the weather.  

What is interesting is that age is often confused with vitality.

What is the most common phrase I hear?  I feel so old.  Second most common phrase?  I look really old.  

These statements are made regardless of actual age; the feeling of “being and looking old” is uttered by people who are 25 and who are 85.  I have heard it uttered by all demographics and backgrounds.  This is a feeling that does not discriminate.  But it is misunderstood all the same.

Feeling and looking old have nothing to do with chronological age.  I am 34 years old currently.  I feel better now than when I was 24.  I am in better physical shape, my skin, hair, and nails look better and I am not as depressed.  What has happened?

ageing and vitality

My vitality has increased.  It did not happen over night; it happened with conscious work toward that goal.  

There is a gross assumption out in the world at large: increasing in chronological age is synonymous with the deterioration of vitality.  Many people believe that the two cannot be separated.  We are sold that idea in popular culture and by our families; our own speech patterns continue to reinforce it; we witness what we believe to be examples of it.

But this does not have to be the case.  Everyday we make choices that either increase our vitality or diminish it.  It is a conscious choice if we maintain our life force or deplete it.  The responsibility is ours.  Do we want to feel and look old or do we want something different?  

Vitality, conversely, should not be confused with the idea of clinging to youth.  This is another idea we are sold in our culture.  We believe that we must be the same as a 28 year old when we are 58: the same energy level, the same body appearance, etc.  This is also not true.  

Vitality has an interesting definition:

  • power of enduring 
  • lively and animated character
  • physical or mental vigor

The physical and mental vigor of a 58 year old should not look the same as a 28 year old; there is a lot of life experience that is lived between these two ages.  I don’t want to currently live the same life that I lived when I was 24.  I am lively and animated but in a wiser, more full way than when I was younger.  I thought I knew everything then; now I see that I knew very little.

Each age has its own qualities that imbue it with vitality.  And vitality means something different to each person.  My idea of vitality may not suit you.  My idea of vitality may sound ludicrous to you.  But both your idea and mine are valid.  And vitality has nothing to do with age.  I have seen young people so soaked in apathy that there was no vitality left to be found.  And I have seen elders that danced and laughed in a way that showered vitality on all those they came in contact with.

So which do you choose: a life of feeling older day by day or a life filled to the brim with vitality?  Which will you allow to win the battle?