Have 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 🙂
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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