Toxic Thoughts and Mental Junk Removal
(Read in less than :03)“Toxic thoughts leave no room for truth to flourish” ~Lisa TurKeurst
I’ve been writing about de-junking actual junk in our life. Purging, downsizing, minimizing. Getting rid of clutter and excess is liberating and allows us to actually enjoy our “stuff” instead of just managing it. It’s a constant battle in this day and age. As I researched the subject I found a staggering statistic. The average American home today contains in excess of 300,000 items. I don’t know how that makes you feel but I find it suffocating. There’s actually a franchise based in Canada called 1-800-GOTJUNK that is on track to do a billion (yes, with a b) dollars in business simply hauling away and disposing of people’s excess stuff.
Do you know what’s much more horrifying? We undoubtedly have a far greater number of toxic thoughts pinging around inside our head at any time. Somehow scientists have calculated that humans have 30,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day and most of them are trash. Junk. Crap. Toxic. Crippling. Like weeds, choking out the good stuff.
What toxic thoughts do to us
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist who has spent years studying the harmful effects of negative, toxic thinking. Her fascinating research indicates that a large percentage of physical illnesses can be traced back to our thought life. The relationship between stress and a compromised immune system has been proven beyond a doubt and much of our stress is a direct result of flawed thinking.
What are some flawed ideas that can have a devastating effect on our well-being? How about “I’m a loser?” “I’m a victim of circumstances, it’s not my fault.” Or “I’ll be happy when (fill in the blank).” None of these thoughts are accurate or helpful but because we repeat them over and over in our minds we begin to believe they are true and allow them to define us.
“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” ~Allan Lokos
From time to time we need to clear our closets of clothes that no longer fit or have gone out of style. In the same way, we need to rid ourselves of thoughts that don’t benefit us. Weeds must be removed from our lawn and garden to let the beautiful and desirable things grow and flourish. In the same way, we need to replace harmful thinking with healthy thoughts. And yes, it isn’t easy or instant but it can be done!
My research has turned up some great ways to accomplish this! Next time, I’ll share some of the expert’s best methods for a healthier, happier life through a rigorous mental de-junking process!
“Our thoughts, or in other words, our state of mind, is ever at work ‘fixing up’ things good or bad in advance.” ~ Prentice Mulford