Friday, July 3, 2009


Okay, this might be a little gross for some people but it's been on my mind lately. I remember my 7th grade science class did a unit on the major systems of the body. My classmate Lisa and I had to report on the excretory system. We did lots of reading, drew diagrams, and wrote a nice report, and I remember learning how important that system of the body is. Until then I didn't know that people couldn't live without the various forms of elimination.

According to Wikipedia, elimination "may be considered to encompass all of the various mechanisms and processes by which life forms dispose of or throw off waste products, toxic substances, and dead portions of the organism."

I've been thinking about how important elimination is in the emotional and mental realms as well. In modern society we daily come into contact with toxic situations and people, that get under our skin - figuratively and also through stress chemicals, literally as well. We also hold onto certain assumptions, prejudices, old patterns of thought, grudges, guilt, bad memories, etc, that eat away at our physical and mental health.

When our bodies need to sweat, we sweat, and when we need to go to the toilet we do so. If only we could eliminate our waste products, toxic substances, and dead portions of our minds, with as much regularity.

"Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it - torn up to irrecoverable tatters." ~Samuel Butler

"In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else." ~Alison Rose Levy

"Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life." ~Terri Guillemets