Mental Hygiene

In principle, mental hygiene is no different from physical hygiene. You need a soap, you need a means of applying the soap and you need consistency.

A soap’s function is to remove dirt while also nourishing the skin by replenishing lost nutrients. The ideal soap is natural and has nutrients that are similar to the body’s. Using a bad soap causes long term damage even if it appears to clean. The ideal soap represents truth. The mind can only be cleaned with truth since truth is what the mind was designed to contain and feed on, the same way our bodies were designed to feed only on natural and not synthetic substances.

I love applying this soap from Apostle Paul to my mind,

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

This thought makes it easy to identify thoughts that are not clean. Applying this soap again and again removes garbage thoughts and reveals beauty, potential, truth and purity within and keeps the mind free of trash. I know I need cleaning when I start to think thoughts that in my sober moments, I know are untrue and unwholesome. And just as dirt corrupts the underlying surface with time, unwholesome thoughts corrupt the mind when persisted in.

Mental hygiene requires practice. More than ever, we need practices that allow for mental stillness. Solitude is an indispensable practice for periodic mental cleansing. Periodically disconnecting from the external including social media and connecting with your interior space helps. Cleaning and other simple physical activities are also rich practices. They help to shut down mental chatter and make us more receptive to inspiration. While moving your limbs in the process of lifting physical dirt, your mind can become still enough for you to uncover insights within. The kingdom of God is within you after all. And once your mind is quiet, you can observe your thoughts. If you do not observe your thoughts, you cannot begin to clean your mind anymore than a cleaner can clean a room without being present. Cleaning requires presence and presence is a cleaner.

We can return our minds to truth in the various areas of our lives and society. Any thought or opinion that you have about anything at all can be based on truth or not. Thoughts that are not based on truth are much more harmful to you and to others than leaving your body unwashed for weeks. Thoughts about race and police brutality for example, need a lot of cleaning. Will violence against police truly arrest police brutality? What does screaming Black Lives Matter achieve if black lives do not matter to blacks? I believe we need mental cleaning when our thoughts on an issue are the same as the majority of people, because they are often untruth. But what is truth and where do you find it?

7 thoughts on “Mental Hygiene

  1. Spot on my friend when I allow my thought life to play on (auto pilot) it has an effect on perception and attitude apostle Paul was so correct about renewing the mind in Christ

    • Yes I believe the mind needs renewing/renovation in so many areas and then needs to be guarded/cared for as a custodian or a gardener would do for a space or garden.

  2. 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

  3. I read your comment about God’s economy on the U version Bible app can you explain to me exactly what that means I have a book by Witness Lee called God’s economy and I have been reluctant to read it I have only known Jesus Christ for a short time but my life has taken a miraculous change in my life

    • Thank you for your comment David. So glad to know about your new relationship with Christ. I would like to respond in more detail about God’s economy later. I cannot claim to possess nearly as much insight into it as Witness Lee but from the little I have read, we are on the same page.

      Human economy is the human way of meeting human needs and distributing wealth and resources and it has a medium of exchange, money.

      God’s economy is the divine way of meeting human needs and it is the real economy. It is by grace, meaning God gives gifts and does not require any payment but there is also a medium of exchange and that is faith.

      In human economy, money talks. In God’s economy, faith is the key. In human economy, all things are possible to/can be obtained by those who have money. In God’s economy, all things are possible to/can be obtained by to those who have faith.

      Jesus relied exclusively on God’s economy and he invites us to also. It is noteworthy that every good thing possible with money is possible with faith, and infinitely more than money can buy. We can develop ourselves in both as we wish. This is my little understanding of God’s economy. Thanks again for the question.

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