Cleansing: Not Just for Hands and Colons

Cleansing. It’s so often associated with hands and colons. But let’s move beyond the mere physical, to the realm of feeling and thought. In fact, how ’bout we talk it over in a two-part series?

In this era of all things infectious and contagious, it isn’t at all surprising that the benefits of washing – cleansing – our hands are splattered everywhere.

And colons? Five minutes ago I did a Google search for cleansing, and 19 of the first 20 entries had to do with a physical cleansing – detoxification – of the body. I then made the huge mistake of flipping to images and, well, you don’t even want to know what I saw. E-yuck!

Well, I suppose there’s merit in a cleansing of the hands and colons; however, no – that isn’t where we’re going to go just now.

Don’t you think it’s time for a soul and mind cleansing?

Do you ever think about that? I mean, visualize the slow pouring of warm and sparkling-clean water over every micro-inch of your mechanisms of feeling and thought. And imagine the feeling of knowing you’re being freed of so much caked-on emotional and mental gunk.

Doesn’t it make you feel so fresh and alive even thinking about it? Sure does me.

Cleanse. Merriam-Webster defines it as to rid of impurities by or as if by washing.

And if we turn to psychobabble, catharsis comes to the fore. It’s from the Greek for cleansing or purging, and Merriam-Webster defines it as a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension.

Spiritual renewal and release from tension. Yes, that’s it!

Take a moment, if you will, and ponder the condition of your soul and mind. You know, those things with which you feel and think. Are they working for you as they once did? I mean, are your feelings and thoughts crisp and at-hand these days?

Or is there a sluggishness – or void – when it’s time to produce anything remotely resembling an emotion or thought?

Think about it, and be realistic. If you’ve endured a mood and/or anxiety disorder for any length of time, what impact have they had on the workings and products of your soul and mind? Is it so hard to believe profoundly negative?

Your answer?

Don’t you find it curious that an Internet search for cleansing would produce landslide results for physical phenomenon? Oh, I’m sure that’s where the money is; however, is it truly all there is? I don’t think so.

Well, listen, if I’ve held your attention to this point I’m guessing you’re sluggish, void, gunk-infested, just plain tired, and who knows what else. Yes? If so, sounds like a good soul and mind cleansing is just what the doctor ordered.

Come on back tomorrow and we’ll chat about how to get it handled.

In the meantime, why not share your feelings and thoughts with all of us in a comment. It’s how we all learn and grow.