Calming the Monkey Mind

Lotus Background

What prevents us from logic thinking and pure action? The monkey mind is an often discussed topic in China and grew familiar with legends like Wukong (the monkey king). This term originated from Chinese history and can also be found in Zen and Buddhism. The monkey mind as a psychological term originated from Taoism.

Monkey Mind in the Western World

Without meditation or other internal arts, the monkey mind is bound to be influential in society. The monkey mind usually gives other people a lot of emotional response which is not necessary. By overloading others, they automatically become at unrest too and seek to unload their heavy emotions somewhere and somehow. This is only one example how the monkey mind cycled continuously in the western world. In the end what is left is a chaotic emotional world without discipline and full of unproductiveness. Some people find a solution/enlightenment while others keep unloading emotions for the rest of their lives.

Monkey Mind in Kung Fu Training

Being unable to practice and keeping up self-discipline is also a sign of the monkey mind. The thinking and questioning of yourself make unsure and unrest. It comes when people are not prepared for changes or prepared for sacrifices.

We Have Everything and Nothing

Our “laid back” modern society has everything and having everything is the same as having nothing. It loses its value as nobody knows how to appreciate what we have. This is not only meant in a materialistic way but also in a personal and emotional way. What is important to you and how do you value it?

  Emptiness (空) vs Void (无)

Start From Scratch

If you are confused by the monkey mind, you should probably start again from the beginning. Are you healthy? What did you do for the things you value? Clean the mind and connect it with your heart. Discover your soul and the genuine essence of what makes you a person. Don’t let yourself get confused again. Reminding oneself of what is important is giving insight to the actual meaning of all things.

Your Mind Your Will

Taoists practice controlling the mind naturally and positively. How can you be sure to be fully in control of your mind? Are you able to do things exactly as you want? Enduring is something most people can’t do without proper training and is always a test of willpower. The thing is how you approach this matters. If you see it as a challenge then yes it is. Challenge is a conflict where you lose face. Taoists see it as “playing” as a child plays with toys.

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  1. Fabulous. I have recently been working on not letting my mind go into emotions, desires and opinions and even just practicing not having dialog running at all. It is a very fun and interesting practice, that can be done any time and where…or all the time every where. It’s a great addition to or transition from a structured practice.

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