Toxic Thinking Although I did not buy the product, I DID buy the idea, and so went on a journey of my own to detoxify my mind.
“75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life.”Dr. Caroline Leaf
What are Toxic Thoughts, and how do I get rid of them?
“Consciously control your thought life and start to detox your brain!” Medical research increasingly points to the fact that thinking and consciously controlling your thought life is one of the best ways, if not the best way of detoxing your brain. It allows you to get rid of those toxic thoughts and emotions that can consume and control your mind.
On Dr. Leaf’s About page, she gives several examples of questions to consider when beginning to get rid of toxic thoughts. Feel free to stop now, and visit the link to see her questions.
Now that you’ve seen the questions, you may be wondering just exactly how they will be helpful in your search for “Quietude”?
Here’s the thing; When ever these thoughts are present in our minds, our minds become like a playground. Those thoughts are like the littles all running and jumping around! They are raucous and noisy. Some are ill mannered and disrespectful.
At any rate, it is near impossible to contain all of their activity without a plan.
So with the help of one of Dr. Leaf’s questions, we can begin.
Here is a sample of beginning to control at least one of those thought patterns.
The question I chose for this example was #5;
How much is speculation taking out of your day?
Back in the beginning, before I began to transform/renew my mind, I really had no idea just how much time and energy I spent running ideas, thoughts, speculations through there.
Now I’m not dissing the thought part, what I am dissing, is all the time and energy I spent mulling over the things I either A. Didn’t have the answer for or B. That I had no control over.
When I learned to recognize those thoughts, and then refused to give them time, it actually freed up a lot of space in my head. (And energy in my body!)
It did not happen overnight, but over time, with practice, and I might add, the Word of God, my mind (at least in the area of worrying) became a little more quiet.
I did find that reading a Proverb from the Bible every single day, helped me to isolate some of those random thoughts and concerns. (Thirty one days in a month, thirty one Proverbs – neat how that works!)
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Now choose another question.
Note; Working on too many of these questions at the same time may not be helpful, but one or two I found to be very doable.
After a bit, you will no doubt come up with questions of your own to consider. Everyone is different.
At first it may seem counterproductive to add more questions to your already noisy mind.
However, it has been my experience, that once the answers are reached, then the mind actually will begin to quiet itself down, because it is no longer trying to figure out a hundred things a minute!
Little by little, toxic thinking shrinks and shrinks, and thinking that produces and brings life takes its place.
Join me next time as we take a brief look at the effect that ADD/ADHD and the like have on building up our quiet time.