Taming the Monkey Mind

When you start to practice meditation it’s almost impossible to stop the random thoughts running around in your mind.  In Buddhism this is often called the “monkey mind” because it’s as if we have dozens of monkeys in our head all clamoring for our attention and maybe making that annoying monkey screeching sound – what an image that brings to mind!

The monkey imagery can be used as a tool during meditation.  As each random thought arises, simply recognize it as a playful monkey and tell it that you’ll remember it and give it some attention when you’ve finished your meditation practice.  Let go of the thought and refocus your attention on your third-eye or your breath.

The Buddha was once asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”.  He answered, “Nothing.  However, let me tell you what I have lost …”.

monkey mind


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