Detox, short for detoxification, is the process of removing harmful substance or the toxic quality of a substance from the host or person carrying it.  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 considered even though it is also an important part of detoxification. Let’s start by recognizing the three fundamental defilements: greed, hatred, and delusion.  The first of the three; Greed, drives us to cling to or hoard the things we want,  Hate drives us to avoid and resist what we don’t want and Delusion is the folly of thinking we can get what we want to the exclusion of what we don’t want. If we act greedily or hatefully we create walls constructed of anger, jealousy, envy, sadness, disgust, distrust and fear. These negative emotions can have a profound effect on your health so how can be process unpleasant emotions and create emotions of joy, love, trust, anticipation, and kindness?

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 physically detox, there are many ways to support emotional detox as well. Exploring gently 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.