Do You Have a Dirty Mind?

by Eden Kozlowski, Supervising Editor of

Uggg… I hate to be the one to inform you but chances are pretty high that you do. AND, that your beloved noggin is dishin’ out high levels of stinking, putrid thoughts right now.

Am I writing this to make you feel negative, corrupt, tarnished!? If you are like most of us, you can do that pretty darn well on your own (gosh, I am full of the bad news, huh?). So, no, no… I am here to support you in your dirtiness with the intent of getting you to think about not thinking.

Let’s back up for a moment. I hadn’t heard the phrase “dirty mind” in sooo long and there it was… dished out on public radio. Made me think about the wonderful way I used these words when I was a kid. It was a taunt-worthy, melodic statement said with judging disgust to little boys with nasty and impure intentions – ha. Nose crinkling was also a necessary part of this delivery.

As an adult who has been uber conscious of her thoughts for 12 intensely challenging and satisfying years, having a dirty mind now conveys images of a brain littered with jumbled thought and energy. Maybe not as fun as the old version but definitely more deep.

Take this moment to honestly evaluate. Are your days/mind pretty crammed with details about work, errands, expectations, chores and duties? Then, what about past events or longings that are still alive-and-well in your head: hurt feelings with your spouse from last week, contemplating how your life would be different “if…”,  how upset you are that you ate those three Dunkin Donuts yesterday after your workout?!? Oooo, now things are getting messy. All of this thought compounds like trash in a compactor to create a mind that is haplessly influencing our true reality and driving us to do many things we really don’t even want to do. Like gerbils on an endless wheel – not even lucky enough to be driving a Kai.

This makes for a life that passes by so very, very quickly. One without true acknowledgment or pause… creating an existence of drive and disconnection. This disconnection fuels an underlying sense of sadness that many in our world are dealing with right now. It’s like living a “big, whirling blah.”

Let me express this with all of my clarity in tact and in devout seriousness. Every one of us is unique beyond bounds. Sitting and resting without taking on your mind can feel like another task, and yes, not going to sugar coat it, it can be the hardest thing you attempt to do. But, if you take the time… to stop… to sit… the more your life will flow with grace, ease, purpose, creativity, laughter and beauty regardless of the challenges/tasks that face you.

If you could start by simply setting aside five minutes a day with the intention of doing nothing but being with yourself. Sitting with whatever comes. Resisting the urge to get up or to react to a thought or emotion. To just see yourself as this crazy, wonderfully messy, fabulous, flawed human being put on this earth simply to be a part of it and discover whom you truly are. That’s all (ok, yes, I know, that is actually A LOT!). Just forget about those damn donuts!

But, but – start with five and see if it can grow. Your brain can be like a militant ruler – sometimes you gotta over throw it. Give it some room to expand and rest. And, you may soon discover that those five minutes are the most worthwhile, liberating and exciting time of your day.


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

i have a dirty mind in a good way :)

Ra Sc
Ra Sc7 years ago

I do like to organize my thoughts and feel like my mind is sorted out. I used to do so every night before I went to sleep, and it does make things feel neater. Like my mind is different from my desk, which is currently full of clutter and things I need to deal with.

Lika S.
Lika P7 years ago

Naw, we have dirty minds? Like sex isn't a basic thought? C'mon! It's all good. :)

Mary B.
Mary B7 years ago

I guess I would have used the term 'uncluttered'. Do you have an uncluttered mind? Are the thoughts you let take up space in your head really even yours, or just 'hearsay'? What thoughts come from your own experience and what are stero-types that you project onto others?Can you be by yourself with no TV, radio,or music on so that you can really notice the bits and peices of thought that go thru your mind. Do you ever wonder about statements like "The money's all gone". Where does it go? If it was spent it not gone, it was just put back into circulation. Unless it was deliberately removed from circulation to have an excuse to keep wages low, so useing credit and taking out loans would be needed. What about the phrase "hard earned tax dollors". What kind of an energy does that set up around your work? Yes, it is definately time for people to pay attention to what ideas they are constantly reinforceing, and STOP IT!

KS Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran7 years ago


Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado7 years ago

That's life.

Carol P.
Carol P7 years ago

I think the most important thing is to be able to recognize when your thoughts are turning more toward the negative than the positive and to learn what works to get you out of the rut. For some it could be just watching a comedic movie, others yoga or meditation.

This winter I found myself benefiting from looking through photos from hikes taken during warmer weather, reliving the experiences until I can get back out more often again.

Berny P.
berny p7 years ago

live and let live..and stop analysing yourself....just enjoy is short enough!

Avril Lomas
Avril Lomas7 years ago

AS a friend once told me
A dirty mind is a great comfort!
Quite a truism.