Training the Monkey Mind

Last Updated On: April 15, 2017

baby-boyHave you heard about the importance of training the monkey mind? If not, don’t worry. Most people haven’t. Monkey mind is a metaphor used by Buddhists to describe the capricious, indecisive, confused, and above it all, restless mind. If you’ve ever find yourself jumping from one thought to another, you certainly have a monkey mind.

Truth is, we all have one and that is why it’s so important to start training the monkey mind as soon as we realize this, for a restless mind is not creative or conducive to anything productive.

Let’s dig into this monkey mind idea a bit… Babies start learning from the moment of birth, and they do it fast. From the moment they are born, they are learning lots of things. They learn that to get mom’s attention, they must communicate. But since they haven’t yet learned how to speak, they cry and even use different pitches to get their point across. Later on, they start picking up on sounds, and try to imitate human voice. Then, they learn to grab things, to crawl, to sit, to walk, to talk as the months pass by; and just as important, they also learn to identify more subtle things such as moods, feelings and emotions from the people around them.

All of this learning takes place through their senses which allow them to explore and perceive the world around them, and by doing so, their brains develop by forming connections in response to the stimulation they receive. As babies grow up, their brains keep on developing as they learn with the assistance of parents and caregivers; and later on, as they get trained on a variety of academic subjects at school. Do you remember having gone through all of this? Me neither 🙂

What we do know is that our evolution as individuals initially depends on what we get trained on and what we learn, and later on in life, on how we discern that information and how we perceive the world; and all of this happens in our mind. Are you with me so far?

Thoughts are powerful, as you know. If not kept in check, your mind will jump from one thought to the next like a wild monkey without restraint, hence the term monkey mind. The interesting thing is that despite all the learning nobody teaches us how to train our mind, when in fact it is the most important thing given that our very thoughts create our reality and our future.

“Your thoughts create your life,
and once you get that, you’ll create enormous changes.”

~ Louise Hay

I want to share with you a very powerful 13 minute video by Louise Hay, also known as “The Queen of Affirmations.” As Louise says, it is extremely important to train your mind and become aware of your thinking because once you realize the way in which your thoughts affect your reality, you will be in charge of your future. This is precisely how you start training the monkey mind, by becoming aware of your thoughts!

Watch as Louise tells you how to use positive affirmations deliberately to start training the monkey mind. As you will soon see, stating affirmations in the way she suggests, is like planting seeds in the ground. Even though you cannot see the fruit of your efforts right away, you expect a certain result – in this metaphor, you know you’ll get a beautiful plant. So, just as you’d take care of a seed by watering it, giving it enough sunlight and nutrients, you take care of your thoughts through repetition of affirmations until you experience the beautiful result you expect.


If affirmations have not worked for you, you must explore your thoughts and the beliefs underlying those thoughts. I suggest you follow the exercise that Louise talks about in the video and then, clear up those beliefs that no longer serve you by turning them into positive affirmations that you’ll declare every day. Remember, you must adopt the thought that ‘Only good lies before me‘ and make it conscious to you. Only then will things start turning around in your favor.

“The Universe loves gratitude. The more you’re grateful
for the good in your life, the more good you’ll get to be grateful about.”

~ Louise Hay

Do you agree that we should be taught how to start training the monkey mind from an early age? If you have young children, you are at a wonderful moment in time. Start by practicing your affirmations daily. Be a role model and start them early with affirmations… then, prepare yourself to be amazed at their results!

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7 Responses to Training the Monkey Mind

  1. Sophie April 22, 2015 at 10:46 PM #

    I love Louise Hay. I have seen many of her vids but this one is concise and has great pointers. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. apsuccess April 23, 2015 at 7:07 PM #

    I think it is very fascinating to become aware of my thoughts and to direct my thoughts. The confirmation of positive changes unfolding in my life is very humbling. The consistency is so important to become locked into a cycle of growth and fulfillment. It has to become life and life will become better and better. I was blessed to be exposed to Louise Hay early in my journey. She is very inspiring and her words are words of truth. It is good to hear these words to continue to fuel my commitment to more positive thoughts, feelings and reality.

  3. Stephan May 2, 2015 at 10:27 AM #

    This is very helpful. It’s so easy to lose focus, I will work on my affirmation techniques.

  4. Ruby May 2, 2015 at 11:15 AM #

    Thanks for your marvelous posting! I really liked how you went from the ‘monkey mind’ concept to the affirmations of Louise Hay. I certainly enjoyed reading it, you are a great writer. I’ve bookmarked your blog and will come back often. Please continue writing your great posts. You inspire me!

    • Tammy May 5, 2015 at 8:57 PM #

      Well, thank you much, Ruby, for stopping by and your kind comment. I feel humble 🙂

  5. dano May 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

    Great article. I have learned to train the monkey mind by means of meditation. You have to quiet down the mind and control your random thoughts. Either that or those random thoughts will control you.

  6. MJ Beau March 5, 2017 at 10:26 PM #

    Sometimes I think all I have is a monkey mind. An untrained one at that. I’m always so full or random noisy thoughts. I was good to read this and realize I’m not going mad, haha. Meditation might be a good option for me.

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