Taming the Monkey Mind

One of the objects of traditional yoga is to discover how to calm your mind to achieve clarity of thought. An overactive mind is sometimes called a "monkey mind." In traditional yoga, a monkey mind is one that swings wildly from branch to branch — that is, from thought to thought — without really considering where it's going. A monkey mind is always busy, so much so that it leaves you feeling exhausted and robs you of your precious energy resources and your ability to concentrate.

Taming a monkey mind isn't easy. It takes time, practice, and, perhaps most importantly, a commitment to discovering how to relax your mind and always remain in the moment. What does "in the moment" mean? It means to be consciously aware of your surroundings and how you feel now — not letting your mind drift into memories or fantasies. When you tame the monkey mind, you achieve self-awareness and the ability to think with clarity. You literally pull yourself together, body and mind. For more tips on taming a monkey mind, check out "Bringing Your Mind into the Present Moment" later in this chapter.

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