mind cleansing

cleansing our mind is a healthy habit
to rid us of accumulated angst
we each have different techniques

some clean the cupboards
take a brisk walk
distract by building or creating

others write it out then burn it
or tie it to a stone to drown it
quiet contemplation heals it

whichever tool we use
find the most effective
as worry or guilt waste energy

forgiving ourselves
is as important as forgiving others
saving energy for healthier things

contemplation is my method
but others sing in a choir
play their favourite music

walk by the water, garden,
fishing is deep contemplation
run or cycle a physical outlet

find your relaxing fix
and try to schedule it in
being too busy is the ultimate sin!

dVerse, Purifying the Mind, Linda


  1. Excellent notions, Kate, and you express them with a soothing clarity.

    We often should follow more than one approach to clear our minds . Sometimes it takes a double dose of seemingly contradictory behaviors – a quiet stroll through the forest, and then laughing with friends and family. Or vice-versa.

    Your heart will tell you which solutions best meet the moment, and they likely will change from situation to situation.

    Wonderfully evocative verse, Kate.

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  2. I have always believed that being still at times is so important; yet, we live in a world that encourages people to be continuously busy. We must make room for that calmness in our own lives, so that when we are busy, our activities make sense. Simply being busy all the time does not make for a good life. A good life is when we appreciate what we already have. You must stop and take account of all that goodness…even if it is only a few minutes each day.For myself, prayer allows me to thank God for all His gifts, and to find peace.

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  3. They’re both really important. Clearing the mind and just being. And forgiveness. I’d venture to say it’s more important to forgive yourself. For only then can you forgive others, else you’ll just blame yourself and not realise what the others part was.
    Love, light and glitter
    Sending strength and hope to you and yours

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  4. Some recommend that even just ten minutes a day of meditative focus can be helpful.
    I was reading a book about places to visit in England and actually came across a piece about shinrin yoku …”In Japan, we practice something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. This is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging.”

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    • you maybe a sinner in that aspect Gina as you are so busy with work family and creativity but down time for ourselves ensures that we don’t spread ourselves too thin ❤

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  5. Lovely words so well composed, Kate and the ending was true to itself. We must have time for ourselves and walk with nature and be with the birds and enjoy life and forgive each and everyone cause life itself is impermanent. We do not take anything with us.

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