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Do We All Need Dialysis?

Welcome to Caregiver Friday!!

It’s common knowledge that dialysis is the process of mechanically cleaning the blood for those with kidney failure.  The real question is how do we all get rid of the toxins in our body?  I’m not talking about the impurities in our blood, in the physical body, I’m talking about the ridding the body of emotional or spiritual toxins.  I’ve been having some very interesting conversations with clients this week about their levels of stress and inner turmoil.  The one thing that each person had in common was that they didn’t know how to extricate this pain from the body.

So how do we create a form of emotional or spiritual dialysis?  Each of us will develop different means of cleansing our psyche and soul; it’s an individual process and one that builds on your own gifts and talents.  This is where activities like journaling is vitally important.  It’s not enough to write when the wind blows in a certain direction.  For those who are feeling bogged down by their emotional and spiritual toxins, writing in a journal can be a lifesaver, literally and figuratively.  I asked my client to write ten minutes a day as if her life depended on it…and it does.  There is only so much stress the body can take before the emotional and spiritual toxins decide to attack the physical body.

This is one of the few times when you get to play doctor.  You know what relieves your level of stress.  Can you write yourself a prescription for emotional and spiritual health?  Will you follow this prescription; or do you only follow the directions given from those in authority figures?  This is important because if you won’t follow your own prescription for emotional/spiritual dialysis, how long do you think it will take before you’re taking an actual prescription such as anti-depressants or anti-anxiety agents? 

At least with dialysis for kidney failure patients can be put on a transplant list.  There is no way to transplant your emotions or your soul.  This is the time when you need to take a deep breath and engage in practices that renew and revive your life.  Dance your way to peace.  Paint your way to joy.  Write your way to new adventures.  Act your way to new experiences and release.  Play music that calms the savage beast in your soul.  There’s no one way to experience emotional/spiritual dialysis, so you have to find the outlet that fits your interests, your gifts and your time.  I do encourage you to make the time.

What do you for emotional/spiritual dialysis?  How do you rid the mind and the soul from its toxins?  Has it helped?  What changes did you see when you began a process of creation and release?


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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