Months ago, as I was browsing through an old magazine waiting to be donated to some charity, I’ve read a one-page advertisement that says we should take time to detox. I think it was in a form of a reminder from some tea company, health supplement supplier or spa. But anyway, the thing is that we should not only detoxify and cleanse ourselves from the physical aspects, but also the emotional and psychological facets of our being.

What gives? Let’s face it. We all get stuck in ruts from time to time. We get off track and lose sight of the life we meant to live. I know I’m probably not the only one who has wished that I could find a reset button for life.

As one of the main purpose of this blog is to touch on this “button,” here are things which can make us reflect and help us start out the next year anew. You can maybe listen to some poignant music while reading, or bookmark this so that you can “detox” once in a while.

Think of your favorite smell, your favorite food, movie, book, song… and then relive them.
Think of your happy childhood memories, then recreate them.
Think of your funny photos and let joy alter your face.

Think about the people who remembered your birthday, your occasions and events.
Think about the people who remembered you just because.
Think about the people who are still there with you and those who are not.
Think about the people you’ve been meaning to talk to, and talk to them.
Think about the people you love the most, and tell them.
Think about your family, and appreciate them.

Think about the things that lie in the back of your mind, and place them in front of your eyes.
Think of all your accomplishments and smile.
Think of all the mind blowing things you’re capable of, and blow minds.
Think of all the places and people you want to see, and make sure you see them before you leave the world.

Think about the mistakes you did and learn and the ones you evaded, and be proud.
Think about your insecurities, then drop it.
Think about the things you like that nobody else likes and feel special.
Think about the weird things you do, then embrace them.
Think about yourself, and see you through the eyes of someone who loves you.

Think of all your recollections and realize that you’re the only one that has them.
Think of your bottomless worries and remember it could have been worse.
Think of your dreams and let them escape imagination.
Think of your life then believe that everything happens for a reason.

Think that the only thing standing between you and what you want, is you.
Think of all the things that make you feel beautiful, and then do them.
Think of all the people who once hurt you, and forgive them
Think of who you were, who you are now. Then forgive yourself.

We’re alive today for a reason. The least we can do? Think BIG, act BIGGER.

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30 Responses

  1. jane

    i believe in this post if we want to detox we indeed the physical body and mind al together in order to be successfull. I dont mind getting at some point that we are forgetting to detox but we have plenty of time xx

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Sure, we have plenty of time but we also need to learn how to put our priorities on time and manage to live life productively. The hours dedicated to the work, to our family, etc. come and go. Before we know it, it’s time to enter into the next season of the year.

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  2. Alwin

    I totally believe on that statement. the most effective detoxification does not only involve the body, but the mind and even the spirit as well

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah. When I’m feeling breathless, my instinct is to retreat alone. Sometimes that’s needed and good. Often times for me, that is my way of grasping for control. But to some people, moving and gathering with the community is good when they are broken. Either way, go to what brings life back.

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  3. Franc Ramon

    Yes, we should also detoxify our lives, clean out the stuff that makes things heavier for us so we can take in the good ones in the future.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      And remember with detoxifying comes the changes. Change is neither good nor bad; it just is. It is an opportunity for beginning, ending, forgiveness, motion, evolution, the privilege to be different than yesterday to be better, stronger, aware. It is the act, the intention, of listening, loving,
      of friendship. Sometimes you didn’t know you needed to change until you do, and you realize you’ve needed it for a while.

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  4. Denise at The Effortless Mom

    What an uplifting post! The reflection definitely made me feel better. This is a great way to keep one’s sanity when life throws you too much at a time!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      When you can’t catch everything that life throws at you, lift up your eyes and pray. One useless day may mean the world to you. But that does not mean you are on the wrong track or chose the wrong profession or are hopelessly lazy. One useless day is simply that: one day. We usually see what we look for, so if you look for the gift in that day, if you dare to set aside your own compulsions, you might see this hilarious uselessness as a felt reminder of your own smallness. And oh, the blessed relief of my smallness! And so be small, and lift up your eyes to see where your help comes from.

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  5. Algene

    Think of all your recollections and realize that you’re the only one that has them. This is my most favorite of all! Such a beautiful piece!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Whoa. Haha copying in a word document may be too much. You can just bookmark this link online for easier access. Anyway, do what you want to do. 😉

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  6. lovemindanao

    detoxing our mind can really help us to move on .. just think of the good things happened and release the tension of all the negative things .. … let’s move on … and start fresh .

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      So when you realize that you may have made a mistake, that maybe those weren’t the best values to inject into my bloodstream or the best lenses to meld to my eyes or the best compass to guide me, you should also realize that it’s too late. and if you can’t accept that, well, maybe the monster had it right all along.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I think when you let out all the negatives and think of all the possible ways you can achieve something – your desires – with optimism, then you can start seeing in color again. Though some memories in the past are stuck in black and white, and the future is a haze of cloudy unknown, this, right here and now, is a whir of brilliance and excitement and a splash of fear; for it’s all too new and exciting.

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  7. jsncruz

    I found this to be really inspiring 🙂 It’s great to be reminded of the things which we think are little – but matter so much.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup. This is why the older I get, the more I learn to embrace humanity. Because we really are all in this together. There’s a whole fabulous spectrum between dark and light. I want to keep moving forward!

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  8. Erin Joan C. Yang

    I agree with what you said here. We should detoxify in all aspects of our lives so that we can face our next challenges in a positive and new light. 🙂

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  9. papaleng

    This is a very inspiring post. It is healthy that once in a while we detoxify our lives. Think of your happy childhood memories, then recreate them. This is a regular thing I do and indeed it diffuses tensions and refreshes my mind.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, we wouldn’t want the space in our hearts and souls to be taken by hatred and anger. So detoxify now and start fill your days with the opposite. Look back and you’ll see you can do things you want to do.

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  10. Tess

    Clean living means happy living . Think about what happened to us before, forgive and forget and face tomorrow with a positive outlook.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Forgiveness and forgetting? Those are tough. There was a time in my life I wouldn’t deny I was really bad at it. I was one of those people, a grudge-holder. A thorn-in-my-side kind of person. It’s true. In the last few years, I have shifted away from that. I then realized how true the statement “life is too short” is and that we have too many things we want to do to waste time holding grudges.

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  11. Jam

    whew! this only mean one thing. We people are busy to level up our lives to experience happiness, we forgot that the simplest thing we have are the thing that can make us happy. Appreciating simple things, that detoxifying isnt?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, and with that now I have reached an age where I can say without cringing that I am multi-faceted, with many, many flaws and imperfections. I may be no diamond in the rough, no emerald, no ruby. Just all the magic in my world comes from love and living simply.

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  12. Rochelle

    Detoxification, whether physically, spiritually or mentally, should always be a part of our lives. You will love the results, anyway.

    I’ll keep this in mind: “Think of your happy childhood memories, then recreate them.”

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Ahh… childhood memories. It’s when a morning could be spent refilling cups of milk and reading newspaper in print, when an afternoon could be spent in a park kicking a ball around or lazily napping on a blanket, when a night could be spent cooking together with seasonal fruits and vegetables and the chocolate cake wasn’t low fat. And guilt didn’t eat us up. When we still felt like we had time, because we did. When our days weren’t spent working away hours at some meaningful/less job in hope of one day having some time to rest.. 😀

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