The Monkey Mind


Namaste PCS&M Tribe,

We have been holding space for our hearts this past month. It is my hope it has been nurtured by our practices here through these moments of self care.

With so much going on all around us, we are constantly fed information through our senses. Has it become challenging to find that quiet space or stillness? The mind has a way of telling our body we are in overload. Our minds may race from one thought to another, just as we jump from one activity to the next. This is our monkey mind at play. The monkey moves quickly jumping from branch to branch looking for the next thing that may be coming. It can’t help itself, it’s in its nature.


Our minds are very similar to that jumpy monkey. It races from thought to thought. Our eyes and ears, sense of touch, take in information that feeds our thoughts and actions.


For many, it can be very difficult to tame the monkey mind. We may not even be aware, we are so used to our thoughts racing. We can overthink, overlook and ignore the constant thoughts, worries, emotions, making excuses, ignoring our body and heart telling us to slow down. The monkey mind can really take us for a jungle ride!


How do we tame the monkey mind? You’ve come to the right place. We practice stillness and quieting the mind through the gift of meditation practice.


Meditation has become a very important part of my life. I never really gave it the credit it deserved because it wasn’t an easy practice for me, to sit still. Yes, it is a practice.


While in stillness, our thoughts will effortlessly try to draw you away from a quiet mind. All of a sudden, we can become frustrated by the tug and pull of our thoughts while attempting to sit quietly. This frustration can lead us to tell ourselves that we can’t do it. But the truth is, with practice, we can.


I began my meditation practice by sitting for 5 minutes at a time. I would set a timer. I often opened my eyes looking at the clock, the monkey mind at play. But, I continued and surprised myself that I was able to incrementally increase my time, eventually leaving the timer behind. I began to surprise myself as I let go of time and trust my still mind. Eventually, I was able to sit still for 30 minutes.


We do practice stillness in our yoga practices together, which can really welcome the start of meditation practice. Taking time for ourselves on our own time is important for this practice. Give it a try.


Try a five minute moment of stillness focus on your breath and experience where that takes you. You may surprise yourself, I did.

I’m looking forward to our time together during our much-loved chair yoga practice. See you Wednesday at the chapel at 1:30 pm.


With loving kindness,


Ana

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