How To Do A Soul Detox

Have you ever inherited a trait from your parents that you didn’t want? I did. 

I remember growing up, it seemed like my mom never sat down to relax. I don’t know if I can recall even one movie night that she finished with us. She had to make sure everything was tidy and that the kitchen was clean. To be honest, it was annoying. 

Until I started to do it too. For example, if we don’t make our bed in the morning, I have to make it before I get in bed. Who gets in an unmade bed?! Are you crazy? To me, the thought doesn’t even compute. It’s almost as if the world is falling apart unless the room is clean and everything is in its place. Talk about a Type A personality to the max. Even as I type this out, my pens are in their place and my folders are in a particular order. 

When things are tidy, things are well with my soul.

Laugh all you want. But the reality is, we all have things that mess with us. I’m not talking about cleaning. I’m talking about things that impact our soul. But I mean, who talks about the soul anymore, am I right? Is it even relevant? What does it even mean?

When I’m referring to soul, I’m talking about the inside you. The part of you that’s not explainable to your eyes or your mind.

How are you doing on the inside? How are you doing deep down?

As we approach spring, we all get motivated to do this thing called “spring cleaning”. Or at least, I do. (Thanks, mom.) But how often have we stoped and taken a check of our soul? When was the last time we did some maintenance on our hearts and souls? In pop culture, we talk about detoxing our bodies all the time! But when was the last time we did a soul detox?

One thing that always stands out to me when we talk about this kind of topic is something that Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) 

Jesus cares about the health of our souls. He cares about how we’re doing on the inside. He doesn’t sugar coat it but straight up calls us out, saying, “I know you’re weary. I know you’re burdened. And I know you’re tired.” So often, we go on in life and we just keep these things to our self. But Jesus didn’t let people near him walk around with all sorts of unnecessary weight and pain.

So what does it look like to do a Soul Detox?

I MUST GO TO GOD ALONE.

As a follower of Jesus, as someone who chooses to live his life by the life and teachings of Jesus, one thing I have come to the deep realization of is this: No other person, no other experience, no other dream, or anything else for that matter can give me the rest that God alone can give.

As Psalm 62:1 puts it, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.”

Let’s stop shopping around for substitutes in our life. We need to start buying organic.

We were made for a relationship with God, to connect with him, and to worship him. The absence we feel deep down may begin to manifest itself as a need for wealth, or purpose, or many other ways. But our souls are really calling out for our Creator, the one who fills those gaps for us. The one who is our Provider. So when it comes to wealth, we have no need because we know he will take care of us as his children. He is the one who fulfills our desire for purpose. We assume that the people near us give us purpose/value, or our job gives us purpose/value, or our status gives us purpose/value. But the reality is, we have innate purpose/value in the fact that we are God’s children and His creation. That is our purpose.

I could go on for days on the reasons our souls will find eternal rest solely in God, the Creator of our souls.

I MUST TAKE TIME TO REST.

I remember a time in life when I was super busy and finally had a day to just spend resting. It didn’t take very long for me to get bored. It was then that I realized that I hadn’t been bored in nearly five years. And I was overwhelmed by the feeling of having nothing to do. My body instantly had all the energy in the world, my mind was clearer than ever, and I was ready to do something. But instead, I made myself to sit down and just take in this feeling.

We need to do this with our souls. Our souls need rest and it’s not going to happen unless we slow down and give it some time to rest and rejuvenate itself.

Having a Type A personality, this can be a challenge. Because I have lists of lists. And I have back up lists of things to do when I have completed all my primary lists. There’s always something to be done. We can pay the bills, we can get an oil change, we can clean up the garage. 

We don’t have time to be still. So we say to ourselves. 

But honestly, that’s a lie. You don’t have time not to be still. You don’t have time not to take a rest. 

Clear your schedule at least one day a week and relax. It’s that important. I promise that if you do this. It will change your life. Give your body and your soul time to rest. And you’ll be amazed to find that everything still gets done and often times done better. 

I MUST WAIT BETTER.

Something that seems to torture our souls and clutter it up quicker than anything else I know is our inability to be patient. You might get impatient that you’re not married yet. You may be getting impatient that you don’t have the job you’ve always wanted. You’re getting impatient that your child isn’t behaving the way you had imagined.

As the Psalmist writes, I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning… (Psalm 13:5-6)

The Psalmist talks about a watchmen. The sole role of a watchmen was to watch. To stand on the wall that surrounded the city and be on the look out for potential military invasions, intruders, or unexpected/unwanted visitors. 

You don’t want an impatient watchmen. This would mean striking an invisible enemy. It would mean causing harm to a peaceful visitor. It would mean taking on a task that was never meant to be taken on, simply because you didn’t wait.

Impatience is the fast track to anxiety and bad decision.

 

I’m not sure what you’re facing in life or what is going through your head this very moment. But I do know that if you bring your soul to God, take the time to rest, and learn to wait, it will change everything. It will bring peace. And joy will soon return. It will restore your soul and help you detox some of the unwanted feelings, baggage, and pain of a cluttered soul.

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Marion Clifton