Detox Your Heart: meditations for healing emotional trauma
Drawing on her own experiences with abuse and addiction, Valerie Mason-John presents a well-grounded series of meditations that transform anger, hatred, and fear to heal emotional trauma.
"Just as a clenched fist gently relaxes, slowly becoming an open hand, my heart started to open and I could begin to let go of some of my toxins—old hurts, resentments, and grudges. It was as though I had been given permission to love myself as well as others, to rejoice in myself as well as others, to give myself and others compassion. I had rediscovered the peace within my heart."
Valerie Mason-John knows what it is like to be filled with toxic emotions. After a childhood at the hands of multiple abusers and adulthood struggles with addiction, she was living a life mired in anger, resentment, and fear. Through meditation and willingness to forge a new path, she learned how to disarm such toxins and find peace.
In Detox Your Heart Mason-John helps us learn how to recognize our emotions, good and bad, and to develop the self-care to heal ourselves. Chapters that explore and clearly define the negative emotions of anger, hatred, and fear are paired with chapters on how to transform those emotions. Meditation exercises based on the Buddhist principles of mindfulness, loving kindness, and compassion are provided as tools to help us heal our own hurts and to close the gap that toxic emotions create between heart and mind.