Cleansing the mind regularly is a good thing. Just think about it. What you think is what you say and what you say is what you get. If you can learn to control what you think (holding onto the good thoughts and letting go of the negative), then you’ll be able to control your tongue (which your own ears receive and incite to action), and you will have prophesied good things to come to you. What you say is what you will get…good things.
That’s why it’s important to regularly cleanse the mind. It will bring good things to you when it is pure and good. It’s the source of negative things when it’s polluted. So how can you cleanse your mind? Here are five ways.
1) Clean up your eating habits. What controls the way you feel more than the fuel you put into your body? If you eat too much and carry too much weight, your thoughts about how you look might not be as positive as they could be. A scale is a tool and a feedback mechanism. It shouldn’t be the determining factor in how you feel about yourself. I just ended a ten day detoxing food program and although I still weigh a little more than I’ve determined is a good weight, I can’t believe how good I feel – energetic and empowered to do more. Therefore, to cleanse your mind, reduce your intake of sugar, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, breads, dairy products and eat more fruits, vegetables, produce, seeds and nuts, healthy meats, etc. There are many plans out there that can help you.
2) Reduce your alcohol consumption. I’m not a teetotaler. But I’m not yet certain if I should be. I keep telling myself, even Jesus drank wine, several cups at a meal. You have to be the judge for yourself. Alcohol can reduce your mind-control, that is, reduce your will power. Alcohol is a depressant. If you want to be energetic, alcohol is not going to be your friend. The more you drink, the lower your ability to take control of your thoughts. You say things that ordinarily your self-control would stop. Several drinks a night can affect your ability to fall into the deep REM sleep that regenerates and refreshes your body. Drinking near bedtime, you wake up with less energy and that’s how you begin your day. Less self-control also causes you to eat things that are not healthy.
3) Guard what you allow to enter your mind. Zig Ziglar coined the phrase “garbage in, garbage out.” It’s like a computer. Whatever you put into it, that’s what you’re going to get out of it. Do you watch violence on television? That’s a source of disharmony. It creates fear. It makes you worry about what others might do to you. Violence on television plants the seeds of fear and anger and unrest in the mind. The media news tends is hardly news anymore. It shows you the negative of everything you might have to fear – the weather, your neighbor, the alien, the manufacturer who cuts corners to make more money at the expense of the consumer, the enemy, and more. Make better choices about what you allow to enter your mind.
4) Take time to rest and re-create yourself. All work and no play makes Jack/Jane a dull boy/girl. There’s a universal law that advises us to set apart one day for rest and recreation. Some call it a commandment. And then they say it means “go to church on Sunday.” That law is remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. The word holy also means “set apart.” It doesn’t propose practicing your religion one day a week. You should be practicing your religion or spirituality every day of the week. Instead, if you want to be effective in your work, in the words of Stephen Covey, you have to take time to sharpen the saw or ax. A dull ax takes a lot longer to chop down a tree than a dull one. It’s efficient or effective to be dull. Permit yourself to take a Sabbath during the day if you feel drained – take a 20 minute nap.
5) Give up your self-imposed title as captain of the world. It’s not up to you to change the world. It’s up to you to change yourself. Be the best person you can be. Let your light shine in the darkness. And keep working on yourself. Only then will others wonder why they can’t be more like you instead of you wanting to be someone other than who you are and who you were created to be. Be yourself and you will not only find the peace that is so illusive within but you will become an instrument of change in the world.
6) Practice emptying your mind. How can you cleanse your mind if you don’t practice letting go of thoughts? You first have to become aware of how they bombard you from all directions. Develop a daily practice of meditation, a time when you take control of your mind, telling it what you will or won’t allow to infect it. That’s the most practical thing I’ve gained from my practice of meditation. I intentionally choose the thoughts that I want to influence my future. You can do this, too. Meditation is the most literal and hands-on approach to learning how to cleanse your mind.
I hope these five suggestions can help you formulate a plan to start a process of cleansing your mind of thoughts that ultimately turn into your reality. You are in control of your future when you are in control of your thoughts. May peace and goodness fill your life as you pursue harmony within yourself. Good luck!