“Monkey Mind”

Here is a great reference to start your search for a cure (lol).

10 Ways to Tame Your Monkey Mind and Stop Mental Chatter

The ‘hurry and worry’ we all feel can be quieted down a lot by spending some time in silence and being more 2) mindful and perhaps 3) meditating more each day.

  1. The first approach is to spend 10 minutes a day being silent.

To become aware is the goal in using any of the mental tools mentioned above.

At some point, the question will be, ‘am I aware of the mess my mind is from moment to moment?’ And, is there anyway to treat myself better?

It would be fair to say my mind is out of control when I ‘hurry and worry’ too much.

In western culture we have religion and mental attitudes that help us, “Keep calm and carry on.”

Consider starting with silence, becoming aware of your “monkey mind” and learning to do a combination of the three suggestions above.

The proper way to deal with harmful stress is to learn to be with yourself. The best way to do this is to become aware of the need for a little silence each day. This will lead to making a decision to stop doing harm to yourself and mind by practicing being more mindful and learning to meditate.

Good luck.

To Dialogue

In this dialogue, two people are practicing how to dialogue. 

Socrates:  I hear silence.  I am teaching myself to stay calm.  Will you do the same!?

Michael:  Yes, I am practicing being present in the silence.

S:  While you are here, can you listen to me, engage with me in dialogue?

M:  It seems to me, that you are comfortable with silence, and love to engage in the student/teacher relationship.  I like to follow when it is a good practice and led when it is the same.

S:  Think?  How do you learn?

M:  I like to meditate and be present, mindful, listen and be a collaborator.

S:  Can I trust you to do all you say and be a good dialoguer?

M:  With more practice, I will help you teach yourself in this how to way, I call it the Socratic method.

S:  Courage, don’t forget to be willing to risk  it all with me or all you may trust.

M:  With much more practice, I will create my opus:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_dialogue

 

 

Meditation: calm, still,silent (do no harm)

Awareness is a continuum between relaxation on one side and concentration on the other.

Calm is in the middle. Strive for calm to find the balance between the two.

Outwardly, it is a motionless human body. Paying attention to the calm body is a balance between relaxation and concentration. In this second way, the form is to sit with stable legs and hip using a natural curve in the spine as the support.

The third way is a calm being. This means to pause from speaking. Let go of the habit to verbalize. Allow the inner critic or commenting to pause.

The practice is called learning to sit quietly in a room with the self: meditation.

Practice all three ways to learn how to meditate.

To become aware:

calm-the-body,

calm-the-mind,

calm-the-voice.

 

Pause the body,

Pause the mind,

Pause the voice.

Calm, still, silence: do no harm.

 

Meditate in all your affairs.