Detox, short for detoxification, is the process of removing harmful substance or the toxic quality of a substance from the host. It is often the transformational process we go through when we intend on starting afresh. When we think of detox, we often focus on the physical body. Whether it’s Master Cleanse, liquid fast, colonics, chelation, and more, these varying methods facilitate the body in the detox process.
Emotional detox, on the other hand, are not as often utilized. In fact, let’s start by recognizing the three fundamental defilements: greed, hatred, and delusion. Amongst all the unpleasant emotions, the three defilements are all intertwined and not as black and white as we would like them to be. With that said, unpleasant emotions can be processed with the following tips.
1. Acknowledge the unpleasant emotions and the physical sensations it brings about. Whether it’s the skeleton in the closet or the monster under the bed, acknowledgement is the first step in moving forward. So the next time you feel it, may it be mad, sad, or otherwise, acknowledge it.
2. Bringing curiosity in to see the root cause of it. When we were young, our intrinsic curiosity led us to wonders and explorations. It is with the nature of curiosity that we set aside the preconceived notions to figure things out. Similarly, by bringing in the scientists’ curiosity lens in to the complex matter at hand will enhance our ability to get to the bottom line of the complex matter.
3. Keeping facts as facts.We all love a good story. The story we share with others connect us on a level beyond words and create a bond within us and with others for the sake of survival. At the same time, the stories we tell others (and ourselves) may simply be just a story. Learning to keep the facts of what happened straight and seeing the facts as facts with clarity allow us to respond with grace.
Just as there are many ways to physical detox, there are many ways around emotional detox as well. Explore, gently, of what resonates with ourselves in every given moment. After all, no one can thrive under the fog of emotional toxins.
May we all be filled with lovingkindness.
May we all be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May we all be at ease and well in body and mind.