Meditation And The Monkey Mind

Meditation and​ the​ Monkey Mind?
Some find the​ term,​ monkey mind,​ upsetting,​ derogatory,​ and​ insulting. ​
This is​ a​ shame,​ as​ the​ point is​ lost,​ the​ ego is​ involved,​ and​ a​ natural human defense goes up. ​
After all,​ we are supposed to​ be the​ king of​ the​ primates,​ aren’t we?
The first time I ​ heard the​ expression,​ monkey mind,​ in​ regard to​ meditation,​ I ​ thought of​ Swayambhunath Stupa,​ in​ Kathmandu,​ Nepal. ​

Sometimes,​ this is​ named,​ the​ monkey temple,​ and​ it​ made me laugh inside,​ as​ monkeys need supervision in​ human settings. ​
The picture of​ unsupervised monkeys got into my head,​ and​ I ​ was suppressing laughter during a​ serious conversation.
Monkeys can be nuisances,​ when allowed to​ roam without some guidance,​ and​ it​ is​ the​ same with the​ untrained mind that runs from topic to​ topic,​ without getting much accomplished. ​
So please don’t waste time being offended by the​ term,​ and​ try to​ look at ​ the​ comical side.
When you​ allow yourself to​ enjoy life,​ and​ try not to​ take anything too seriously,​ you​ can see that monkeys don’t have it​ so bad after all. ​
Very often,​ the​ human mind spends too much time defending,​ worrying,​ posturing,​ influencing,​ fearing,​ and​ feeling embarrassed,​ to​ enjoy life to​ its fullest potential.
In fact,​ you​ are not your mind. ​
You are responsible for your actions,​ but many things happen in​ the​ thought process before you​ do take action. ​
For example when you​ think,​ images and​ options are created. ​
as​ a​ result of​ those images,​ you​ get a​ physical feeling somewhere around your heart.
Whether the​ feeling is,​ good or​ bad,​ you​ process it​ into action,​ or​ treat it​ as​ a​ fleeting thought that passes and​ may be forgotten. ​
So if ​ you​ have a​ fleeting evil thought and​ it​ passes should you​ waste time feeling guilty about it? the​ natural safeguard for ethical behavior is​ your heart or​ gut feeling. ​
This is​ the​ best indicator of​ wrong or​ right.
Mankind has the​ ability to​ influence the​ universe,​ and​ create different realities,​ but separating what is​ sacred,​ from what is​ evil,​ has been a​ dilemma for thousands of​ years. ​
The disconnection from your inner self,​ nature,​ and​ God,​ has led to​ excessive confusion.
Thank God for meditation; it​ allows you​ to​ harness the​ power of​ the​ mind,​ settle down,​ and​ focus,​ on​ one subject at ​ a​ time. ​
if ​ you​ take the​ time for a​ daily meditation practice,​ your decisionmaking process will be much more controlled and​ clear. ​
The end result will be to​ look at ​ the​ monkey with much more respect,​ appreciation,​ and​ a​ bit of​ humor.

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