Calming the monkey mind

20 April 2014
Written by Vanessa Kenny
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Monkey mind is the Buddhist term describing that endless and undisciplined churning of thoughts - but taming the monkey, as Vanessa Kenny writes, is not easy 

To live in the present is to focus on each moment as it arrives. No easy task with a monkey mind like mine that spends its days, especially lately when I’m busy, exercising itself with gymnastic-like action, swinging to and fro. Oh well at least I have had this realisation, I humbly commend myself - reading all those self help and spiritual books have got to have opened my mind and broadened my perspective somewhat – blimey I hope so for there have been over 25 years worth. Yet for others they may not even know that being present is the only way to go and could quite well spend a lifetime someplace else. But to know in theory of ‘living in the moment’ is all good and well; what we all know in theory is but nothing without action.

So a mindful mind for each moment in the present is my current quest and shall I succeed; well the clarity of my thoughts and the efficiency of my days will tell me.

The reason for my extremely busy mind of late is that I have created a jammed packed life with work, study, child, home, garden/land, animals and open homes to be precise. Easy to go a little monkey mind with so much going on. Open homes to be precise; these are no small endeavour but lately my list making skills have developed to epic proportions of all that needs to be done. Luckily these lists help my brain have some respite. I can breath a sweet sigh of relief and focus on the next thing, for I know that without a list, especially when I am busy can create havoc for me.

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle 

According to the teachings of Buddha mindfulness or awareness is a spiritual practise of great importance in the path of enlightenment.  I have also read in cases of survival that the people who focus moment by moment on what they are doing at that time have a greater chance of survival than those who think in the past or future. I’m guessing in a survival situation we don’t have the time to ponder about past or future scenarios, the now is where we need to be and getting through the now is all that matters. 

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Amongst the chaos I shall focus on staying in the present moment– the only place to BE, stay mindful and when my mind starts to wander I shall help it stay on course with New Zealand flower essence Koro; it will restore my mental vigor and help me eliminate my minds habit of slipping out of the present. Sometimes I need a little help and at this rate it’s going to take me a long time to achieve enlightenment.

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  • First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand® were co-created by Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber and Tony Wyber. In 2008, Franchelle was awarded the New Zealand Health Industry Distinguished Services Award for Research and Development.


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