9.2 Spiritual Detox

Human being is a creature of both physical and spiritual. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory holds that spiritual aspect of life weights more than the physical aspect. When body is loaded with toxins, a body detoxification may help, meanwhile, when people are stressed out, the spiritual detox program may have the healing effect.

Unlike animals, a human being is equipped with the capability of reasoning. In the perspective of spiritual and physical health, a belief system is not an option but a necessity, which gives life a sense of purpose, hope and courage. Furthermore, researches have shown that a person with a sound belief system has a stronger immune system, less health issues and happier life, comparing with one who does not have.

Depression is a disease that patients suffer both mentally and physically. Depression is described as spiritual flu to indicate that it is so much widely spread and it is so easy to get–just like flu that anybody can have.

In many cases, spiritual emptiness and a confused mind lead to depression. Feeling oppressed or drifted away from reality detaches the person from normal life. Thoughts are contaminated with toxic resentment, unforgiveness, sense of guilty and the feeling of being a loser. An empty soul fears the silence, because silence brings back all those negative feelings and makes people uncomfortable. The bad memories turns loud and noisy when surroundings are quiet, this is why many people seek refuge in TV or provocative music.

Chanting, meditation, praying, or self torture and fasting are often the ways for religious people to employ in the spiritual detoxing. For others, alcohol, illegal substance or binging foods are used as the means to escape from the bad memories. Nevertheless, in any cases, it is definitely not a wise choice to stuff the body system with harmful substance, which will certainly worsen the health issues.

A teaching of forgiveness should be integrated in any of the spiritual detox programs.

Forgiveness used to be a religious teaching, people in the New Testament time were taught to forgive their brothers seventy-seven times. There is virtually no limit or boundary set for the spirit of the forgiveness.

Nevertheless, there is nothing in the classic religious writings that says that forgiveness is good for the physical or mental health of the forgiver. A theologian in modern time Lewis Smedes gives a footage as what forgiveness means to a forgiver life. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Centuries passed before the benefits of forgiveness were discovered and proven medically and psychologically.

The contemporary understandings of forgiveness may very well have positive psychological outcomes for those suffering in the aftermath of mistreatment and abuse. The idea that forgiveness is good for the forgiver and the concept of actually the forgiver is set free is an added on benefit to our mental and physical health.



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