Let’s talk about how to calm your MONKEY MIND!
You know what I mean, right? It’s like when your thoughts are swirling around so fast that you don’t know whether you’re coming or going. You forget things, you make mistakes, you are short-tempered with your family and/or co-workers, you lay in bed at night and the monkey decides to become even more active… yeah, you know what I’m talking about.
Sometimes you feel like this crazy monkey won’t every shut up! I feel you. My mind can get the best of me sometimes, too, and I have learned, over time, that I have to practice quieting myself down. You are the one in control… not the monkey!
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Back to taming this monkey mind…
With my goal of creating an epic 2020, one of the changes I have made is I am committing to my daily practices that are going to facilitate and attract this epic year .
Practices, some say rituals, are “things” you do each day that will inevitably create change in your life, then become a habit. Habits are just things you have done so many times that you don’t even have to think about them anymore. When you first start to change a practice or habit, it’s going to be tough because you are so used to doing things a certain way. Your subconscious mind is where those habits are stored… and the feelings & emotions connected to those habits, so it’s imperative that you continue to practice what you want to change.
So what are my habits? My practices? Here are three big ones!
Calming the Monkey Mind
Even if it’s only for 5 minutes. Sit quietly and focus on something that is of no real resistance… like your breath, a fan, an analog clock (if you still have one of those on your wall! ?), or you can count. The idea isn’t to banish all thoughts, it’s to appreciate the quiet and not give attention to the thoughts that come. Acknowledge them and bring your focus back to one of the things above. I like to focus on my breath and count 5 in and 5 out.
is something that I have relied on many times throughout my spiritual growth and personal journey over the past few years. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time, but if you can sit for a few minutes in the morning and get stuff out of your head, it will help. Trust me on this one. ?Write whatever comes to mind. Be positive and allow yourself to enjoy the space of writing without judgement. If all you do is complain when you are writing, you are working against how this is going to help you. This free guide below will certainly help you if you’re wondering how to even start journaling.
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is a practice that I never thought I would enjoy as much as I do. I have not been as regular the past month or so (cue cold weather which I do not like at all!) but have committed to making it a regular part of my day again. The special ingredient to my walking is that I listen to something uplifting – a podcast, meditation music or an audio book. Sometimes I won’t listen to anything. Please, do not take this time to call someone, or do any kind of “work”. Everything about my walks lifts my spirits, puts everything into perspective and allows me to focus on me – and my health. I walk anywhere between 25 minutes to an hour. Here’s a YouTube channel I listen to a lot on walks, or even when I am working or taking a quiet moment to refocus.
There are my three tips to calming that monkey mind on yours! It’s a process, especially meditation. if you have not meditated before, it will take some time before that monkey mind quiets down…. KEEP GOING. There’s a reason this practice has been around for so long.
I’d love to hear if you do any of these already and what your experience is. Take a moment and comment below.
Lastly, if you are ready to step towards the life you desire in 2020, check out this post I wrote on how you can do that! Make 2020 YOUR YEAR!!