Can you tame the Monkey mind ?

Can you tame the Monkey Mind ?
Taming my monkey mind is a full – time job

What is Monkey Mind ?

Wikipedia says is a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable

What is the cause of monkey mind ?

Can you tame the Monkey Mind ?

It is because our ability to think about many things at one time.In other words,it is the constant ,untamed,mind chatter that never stops even during sleep ( dreams ).

It is said that the human mind thinks anywhere between 60000 to 80000 thoughts a day!

And medical research says 80% are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive as the day before.Now you can realise how useless these thoughts are !

As Osho says we have two different minds,one that acts and the other that decides,and these two minds never communicate with each other resulting in hundreds and thousands of repetitive thoughts .

Why human mind is compared to Monkey ?

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If you notice the monkeys wherever they are always seen jumping from one tree branch to another,moving around as if they are drunk,making nonstop noise by chattering sometimes becoming unbearable.you can never notice monkeys being quite!And human mind is exactly the same jumping from one thought to another ….

What exactly happens in the human mind, worthy of being compared to a  monkey behaviour ?

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Our mind constantly swing between the past and the future.

Our mind giving you a big list of fears some may be true and some imaginary.

You are busy recollecting the past events both happy and not so happy .

Based on this your mind is busy judging the present and continues to be restless.Now your mind starts thinking of the imaginary catastrophic future !

In the process you forget enjoying the ‘ present ‘.

The negative feelings make you anxious,tensed,depressed,restless curtailing your ability to concentrate in a positive way.Now everyday becomes sleepless day !

Can you tame the monkey mind ?

My answer is…..a big NO.
It is impossible to suppress thinking,by thinking more !

Personally I tried all advises like meditation,breathing etc,given by Great Gurus but let me be frank here ,it was a total failure !

So I am totally lost.

I realised that ” Mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master “

Even as I am preparing this topic ,my mind is immersed in thoughts on my friends !

Even during prayers my monkey mind is not sparing me.

Does your mind wander during prayers ?

What are your thought on this topic my friends ?

Please enlighten me further.
Thanking you

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8 thoughts on “Can you tame the Monkey mind ?

  1. Great topic. It’s amazing the way the mindfullness crowd is trying to reinvent the wheel here also. Heaven knows how many hundreds of years the techniques have been around in Asia. They’ve been readily available in books like The Three Pillars of Zen here in the West since the 70s;

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      1. Tell me about it. Been working half-heartedly at it for ages. The trouble is, the West is full of distractions that feed the monkey.

        I’ve been going through alot lately, and I’m taking your post as a sign from above that I need to get back to this myself if I want life to improve.

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  2. A very difficult one for me Sri. Even though I have retired from work & ceased juggling professional priorities I now find day to day activities and thoughts somehow seem over magnified.

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      1. You too Sri. The advocates of meditation seem to sell the fact that the activity stops the monkey mind. I somehow don’t have the time to meditate to try it.

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