Archive for July 7th, 2011

In our last post on 5 minute meditation, I touched briefly on interrupting thoughts. Let’s  look at that a little more.

In our everyday life, most of the time our thoughts are racing constantly. This is particularly true if you’ve been taught to multi-task. You’re always thinking three steps ahead and therefore your head is full of what you’re doing, what you’re going to be doing and the two steps in between (and don’t get me started on thoughts of the past coming drifting in as well…)

So your mind is always chattering. Some meditation practices even refer to this as “monkey mind” (with good reason.)

Meditation is supposed to calm the “monkey mind”- give us a space when we’re not constantly thinking. A rest for the mind. This is one of the reasons that it is so soothing, restful and calming.

But that’s not always easy. Especially if you’re used to your mind chattering all of the time, it won’t always just stop because you tell it to.

You’re trying to meditate – to soothe your mind and smooth out your chi. And then these darn thoughts keep interrupting you, like demanding little children tugging at the skirts of your psyche

What are you going to have for dinner tonight?

Is my partner mad at me?

And my personal favorite –

  • “Gosh, I’m getting good at meditation and focusing only on my breath!”
  • “DRAT! I just lost my focus congratulating myself! I’m so bad at this!”
  •  “DRAT! I’m still distracting myself from my focus!”
  •  “DRAT! There I go again!”

And so on….

You can distract yourself pretty well by beating yourself up for being distracted.

So, how do we deal with monkey mind?

More monkeying around and 5 minute meditation on the way….








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