Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Taming the 'Monkey Mind'


Well, today I finally lived up to my birthday resolution after a week! I beat the alarm and got up in time to watch the sunrise. Finally! But surprisingly, although I was elated that I woke early, I didn't get as much work done as I could have. The first thing I did was chant my mantra, which did help to attain some positive vibes, strengthening my faith in my Maker, and thereby faith in myself. But as I sat down to work, I found my mind drifting away. After an hour, I contemplated sleeping for 15 minutes, debated logging onto Facebook, resisted the temptation to read my blog list and in the end did all three.

No wonder someone erudite once compared the mind to a drunken monkey- jumping from one branch to another, trying to find some balance somewhere. And I am still finding out how to tame this drunken monkey mind. :| Focus, I guess is the only way out. sigh. Okay, back to work now...

5 comments:

  1. I think you are pushing and punishing yourself too much. Keep a time slot for everything and give time for everything. For example, the first thing I do in office is check all my mails and after that I don't check it till evening. That way I am happy that mail checking is done and can focus fully on work as well. As Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri put it in "The Autobiography of a Yogi" don't treat yourself so mercilessly...thrown the dog a bone sometimes :)

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  2. Autobiography of a Yogi: one of my favorite books!I never get tired of reading it :)
    Yup, I just need to be a little more organized- or maybe a lot more, as amma would probably say. :P

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  3. I am happy that you are keeping up to your resolutions. Yes, true our minds are like drunken monkeys wanting to jump from one branch to another. But just remember ‘We cannot change the direction of the wind, but surely we can adjust our sails to reach the destination’. You are the master of your mind.

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  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcdO6gUqIl8#t=2m0s

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Taming the 'Monkey Mind'


Well, today I finally lived up to my birthday resolution after a week! I beat the alarm and got up in time to watch the sunrise. Finally! But surprisingly, although I was elated that I woke early, I didn't get as much work done as I could have. The first thing I did was chant my mantra, which did help to attain some positive vibes, strengthening my faith in my Maker, and thereby faith in myself. But as I sat down to work, I found my mind drifting away. After an hour, I contemplated sleeping for 15 minutes, debated logging onto Facebook, resisted the temptation to read my blog list and in the end did all three.

No wonder someone erudite once compared the mind to a drunken monkey- jumping from one branch to another, trying to find some balance somewhere. And I am still finding out how to tame this drunken monkey mind. :| Focus, I guess is the only way out. sigh. Okay, back to work now...

5 comments:

  1. I think you are pushing and punishing yourself too much. Keep a time slot for everything and give time for everything. For example, the first thing I do in office is check all my mails and after that I don't check it till evening. That way I am happy that mail checking is done and can focus fully on work as well. As Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri put it in "The Autobiography of a Yogi" don't treat yourself so mercilessly...thrown the dog a bone sometimes :)

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  2. Autobiography of a Yogi: one of my favorite books!I never get tired of reading it :)
    Yup, I just need to be a little more organized- or maybe a lot more, as amma would probably say. :P

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am happy that you are keeping up to your resolutions. Yes, true our minds are like drunken monkeys wanting to jump from one branch to another. But just remember ‘We cannot change the direction of the wind, but surely we can adjust our sails to reach the destination’. You are the master of your mind.

    ReplyDelete
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcdO6gUqIl8#t=2m0s

    ReplyDelete