My Monkey Mind – A Meditation Journal #4

Hi there bloggies, so this is the first meditation post of the new year and I can say I’m rather pleased with myself, I have managed to get in about ten minutes every day. But it was by no means plain sailing. But I’ve found out a few things over the break that I wanted to share.


1. It doesn’t matter if you don’t meditate at the same time every day, in fact sometimes you can get some great results byt meditating at a different time of day. One evening I found peace very quickly, I had obviously worn out my inner monkey.


2. Steal your time. Sometimes you have just got to steal yourself from it all. Do it no matter how much you might not want to becasue you will get a lot from the peace you find in that time.


3. If you get up early to meditate, I find that it works best to do a few small things first to wake you up. But I stayed away from screen time before I started, because once you start that it’s hard to break away and it gives something for the monkey to squawk about.


4. Be patient with yourself, sometimes it doesn’t go to plan for no reason at all. Stick it out and go through that time, sometimes the best time is just before the end sometimes it doesn’t happen. Try again next time and over a busy time it stands to reason there’s more on your mind.

Did any of you have any similar experiences?



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My Monkey Mind – A Meditation Journal #3

Hi there bloggies, as you might remember last week I was telling you all about how my mad monkey was running a bit wel… ape shit if I’m honest. Things have moved on a bit and I have managed to tame him a bit into a bit a quieter state.

But what I have found over the last week is a few things. Firstly I’ve found that when I reach this ‘calmness’ it’s like I’m on another level to myself and in a way looking in on myself. When I get to this point thoughts can start trickling back in and it’s like they’re a river flowing and I’m on  bridge looking down. The monkey does his own (but somewhat subdued) thing and I’m like that fine, get on with it I’m up here.

The other thing I’ve found is that when I need time to meditate it seems hard to come by. The kinds of things that life throws at you seems to want to pull me away from meditating.

The time issue led me to my third point, on Sunday I had no time to take time for myself, while walking the dog I decided… why not now? I had heard about meditative walking but I hadn’t done it. So I tried it and I have to say it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t the same of course but I managed to get the feeling of calmness and stillness – but obviously my eyes were open. 

I’m going to be researching this more becasue sometimes maybe when time doesn’t permit I might need to meditate or even just find the need to calm in the middle of life. If anyone reading this has any views or pointers on this let me know in the comments.

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My Monkey Mind – A Meditation Journal #2

Hi there fellow bloggies, this is my second posts in my monkey mind meditation journal and I have to say that things have been better lets say. Over the about the last week I’ve had all kinds of distractions from dogs to kids interrupting what is essentially my only 10 minutes of quiet time and then when I do get quiet… Oh brother that monkey in my head is swinging from the trees.

What I’ve been finding is that my mind is a sponge to every kind of input from everything around me, from people to phone to my imagination. So what’s going on in my head? I start with deep breaths and then relax into a meditative state, but before I get too far gone there’s a flood of.

Gotta do the bin. Dog needs something, oooh this is good you can write about this in the blog. Bin. What’s for dinner? Have I got enough fuel? Bin. Oh crap the chickens need feeding. Bin.

You get the point. I actually felt the monkey drag my mind from peace into chaos this morning. I was mad – “Why did you do that?” I actually asked it. The only thing I can do is keep at it and reign in this damn creature. To think that this thing is running about in my mind all the time. I’m mad. 

I’ll let you know how this goes.

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My Monkey Mind – A Meditation Journal #1

For some time I’ve been trying to find time in my day to chill and be me – basically I’ve been trying to find time to meditate. I could instantly see the benefit of getting those precious moment so peace in a busy day, but I also have to say it’s quite hard.

Firstly I had to find some guidance and cutting a very long story short I found something called the insight timer which starts you off with a short series from Sarah Blondin and then you have courses but being broke I kind of went for broke and have a preset where I meditate to the sound of a river and I’ve got to  10 minutes.

Now often these meditation experts and others talk about the ‘monkey mind’ and damn I have to say you can tell when you try and meditate. Even when it’s quiet your mind goes from peace to ‘what’s for dinner’ (even though it’s like 6am) to @What’s that noise?’ ‘Who’s on the toilet – man that was a big fart’

It drives me nuts I’m telling you… Why can my mind just not focus and be quiet? I tell you what though trying to meditate later in the day… Oh brother that’s a whole new level. Getting a few second of peace is hard and it makes me realise just how cluttered our mind are. So I’m going to be writing a few posts on this and make them a bit light hearted becasue let’s face it – our mind are funny!

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