Yesterday my mind has been making a lot of monkey jumps… not the screeching monkey jumps… just quietly, serenely, swinging from one branch to another, reminding me of the ever-expanding to-do list of things to tackle while time is running out. The only problem with monkey jumps is that there’s so many trees and branches that it gets confusing to keep it all straight. So I did what any sane, logical person would do. I made a list.
Yup! Got a pen and paper and then started to take note of all the branches and the trees and if I thought that I had A monkey swinging on several trees, turns out I actually have a couple of monkeys on several trees. LOL! After I wrote down my to-do list, I numbered them according to importance, time constraint regarding deadlines and then simply resolved to start tackling them in the order of importance. Some will be completed later in the week but since I have them solidly on my radar, I know I won’t miss either the deadlines or the actions needed so I no longer need those monkeys in my mind tree.
Now wasn’t that picture of calm, quiet, serenely jumping monkeys much better than screeching monkeys? According to popular advice, when this happens… when the mind monkeys start to create chaos, this is what I am supposed to engage in…
And lets not forget that I have in fact recently completed a 2 day Meditation course which I did enjoy immensely. Mostly because it showed us the science behind meditation and what is it that we are hoping to achieve with Meditation. Luckily in class it also showed us several ways to achieve that calmness, the Alpha wave-length of the brain where we are most creative, problem-solving and clear thinking. I particularly liked the ones that goes along the lines of “meditation in motion”. While meditation in motion is taught in many different ways, the simplest I would say is to do the thing that you love with all your attention, whether that is running, biking, sketching, singing or as in my case, a good solid dose of ‘yoga’.
Personally I don’t think that mind monkeys are bad, quite to the contrary, I find them very interesting. If you can let go of your attachment to any particular thought, refrain yourself from feeling anxious over pending tasks, you might surprise yourself if you take note of all the thoughts that fleet through your head on any given day. Yesterday I was reminded of long forgotten dreams, of things that I still want to do with my life, places that I had wanted to travel to, tribes that I wanted to live with and it reminded me of how far I have already come, of all the things that I have already achieved. That my life is always in balance, even in the moments when I had thought otherwise.
- Monday Meditation: Taming the Monkey Mind (runbreathebe.wordpress.com)
- To Know the Dhamma is to Know Your Monkeys! (mettarefuge.wordpress.com)
- The Monkeys are trying to take over…. (nextphasemom.com)