5 Ways to Detoxify Your Mind

Murat Durmus (CEO @AISOMA_AG)
3 min readNov 28, 2023
Five ways to Detoxify your Mind (The head as a tree image, isolated: Pixabay — Tumisu) — Composition by Murat Durmus

Tackling on a journey towards mental detoxification is a noble but challenging endeavor. Like a cluttered attic, our mind occasionally needs a good spring cleaning. Therefore, let’s start this journey with a perfect blend of wisdom and whimsy, remembering that achieving a peaceful and healthy state of mind is crucial.

  1. Embrace the Art of Doing Nothing: In the wise words of Blaise Pascal, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” The modern mind is a juggernaut of ceaseless thought, a perpetual motion machine that knows not the beauty of stillness. To detoxify, one must first learn to be at peace with nothingness, to find comfort in the void where thoughts are not guests but mere passersby.
  2. Cultivate Mindful Misanthropy: Now, before you raise your eyebrows, consider this: to detoxify the mind, sometimes it’s necessary to prune the social garden. Schopenhauer might have been onto something when he spoke of the pain that comes with human relationships. Detach, not with bitterness, but with the understanding that solitude can be a sanctuary where the mind can roam free, unencumbered by the trivialities of social niceties.
  3. Engage in Intellectual Fasting: Just as one fasts to cleanse the body, so must the mind be given respite from constant information consumption. In this age of digital gluttony, where every morsel of data is devoured with reckless abandon, stepping back and starving the mind, if only to rediscover the joy of hungering for knowledge, is crucial.
  4. Practice the Alchemy of Humor: As Nietzsche once didn’t say but should have, “A joke a day keeps existential despair at bay.” The mind, bogged down by the weight of life’s absurdities, needs the levity of laughter. Humor is the alchemist’s stone that transmutes the leaden woes of existence into golden moments of joy.
  5. Embark on a Pilgrimage to Nowhere: This is not a journey of the feet but of the mind. Cast off the shackles of past regrets and future anxieties and wander in the eternal now. Like a Zen monk lost in the bliss of the present, find solace in the moment, for it is the only true refuge from the relentless march of time.

To detoxify the mind takes us on a path that is less traveled. On this path, we learn that stillness can speak volumes, solitude can enlighten us, ignorance can be a blessing, laughter can heal us, and the present can be a sanctuary. It’s an inward journey that takes us to the core of our being, where we can find ultimate freedom from the mental pollutants of modern existence.




Murat Durmus (CEO @AISOMA_AG)

CEO & Founder @AISOMA_AG | Author | #ArtificialIntelligence | #CEO | #AI | #AIStrategy | #Leadership | #Philosophy | #AIEthics | (views are my own)