Detox the Mind
by Vandana Pitke
In today’s stressful life, a mental detox is one of the most important things anyone can do. We all have certain patterns of thinking and feeling that make us doubt our self-worth and our capabilities. Unconsciously we can keep these patterns in existence by feeding them with our thoughts. Our thoughts, beliefs and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. In fact, we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe.
Ridding ourselves of these toxins by clearing those thoughts that make us doubt ourselves clears the space for new possibilities. Individuals often believe that their negative thought patterns are not related to their physical complaints. But many times, as emotions surface during homeopathic treatments, remedies will not only reduce physical ailments but clients will express feeling lighter, or describe a relief of pressure in the chest or head.
Here are some tools for clearing negative thinking:
- Write a letter to the person who has been abusive or is hated, but don’t post the letter.
- Try to wake up every morning with a positive thought; or simply flush all the negative feelings after using the toilet in the morning.
- Look directly into a mirror and say to yourself “I love you!!”
- Be in the present moment. We all have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. The aim of mindfulness is not quieting the mind, or attempting to achieve a state of eternal calm. The goal is simple: we aim to pay attention to the present moment, without judgment.
- Write a gratitude journal every day, expressing gratefulness for the things which really matter to us in our life.
For instant stress relief, try opening the mouth a bit. Releasing the pressure and tension often held in the jaw can give a gigantic amount of relief to the pressure held in the head and around the neck. Instead of a mouth closed with clenched jaws, slightly open it which unlocks the jaw, relaxes the cheeks and facials muscles, and most importantly, allows a natural flow of energy into the body again. You will instantly notice it releases unnecessary thoughts that were once trapped inside the head with tension. For a more exaggerated version just open wide, hold out the tongue and say “Ahhhhh,” as would be done for a doctor.
Another stress relief technique is piko-piko breathing, one of the basic practices of the ancient Hawaiian Huna philosophy. “Piko” means “navel” or “center”. Breathe in deeply; with each inhalation, place your attention on the crown of the head. With each exhalation, center your attention on the navel. Keep breathing in and out as attention switches from the crown of the head to the navel. The act of breathing deeply, centering the attention on one spot and then automatically moving the attention to another spot will help to calm the restless mind.
Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 12 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic cases, including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit OmHomeopathy.com. .