This morning when I got up to do my usual ritual, meditate and read something spiritual. I found it quit difficult to get my mind under control.
You see I have what has been described as a “monkey mind”.
My thoughts were running all over the place and I could not reach that quite place within.
If you are unfamiliar with the term monkey mind, it is a Buddhist term and has been described as restlessness, anxiety, indecisive, and uncontrollable. This morning the monkeys were running wild. I simply could not settle my mind at all. I mean, I was doing the breathing technique, where you focus on your breath, but somehow I guess I just wasn’t into meditation. I had been doing well for the past three weeks but this morning was different. I am new to meditation and I have read that you should not force the process; it should be a natural one. It was at this point I decided to try later in the day. Possibly before I retire to bed and I will use one of my guided meditation tapes to assist me in falling to sleep.
My mind was all over the place.
I was constantly thinking of the book I just finished reading, what to eat for dinner, what book to read next, sticking to my no meat fast until Tuesday, what appetizers I needed to pick up for the retirement celebration later in the week for work and so many more things. My monkey mind has always ran all over the place with so many ideas, concepts, what I need to do, what hasn’t been done until it is sometimes hard for me to just relax. Guided meditation works best for me but for the last three weeks I have been meditating and journaling my thoughts afterwards and up until now, things had been going fine. I guess this morning I was feeling especially anxious, about what, I have no idea.
So, I decided to go for a walk.
When my husband arrived home this morning, he works nights, he suggested we go for a walk and take Tonee our boxer shih tzu mixed out. This was a great idea because as I stated I had previously decided to go for a walk anyway. I was ready. I felt the walk would calm my anxiousness and it allows me to get in a little exercise.
We love walking at our local park. It has trails, lakes, ponds, horses, and buffalos. The scenery is exceptional. The trails were calling us. As we walked and I began to take note of the scenery and enjoy the tranquility of the park, feel the cool winter breeze blowing against my face, my mind begin to clear. The more we walked the more tranquil my mind became. The monkey mind was coming under control.
The park is place of serenity for me and today was no different. I don’t know if it is possible to meditate and walk at the same time but that is what I was able to do. My mind was clear, quiet and even tranquil.
I felt really relaxed and at ease.
We arrived at the end of our three mile trek and I felt wonderful. My mind was clear and the monkeys were gone. They were quiet and at peace for now.
I realize walking maybe an unconventional antidote but it worked and the monkeys were gone. Of course I am limited to the opportunities I can get out in the park, and there are other techniques to relieve the monkey mind. To get a better understanding of those techniques, please check out my fellow bloggers Zen Mama at the Zen Mama’s Blog, Marcus Santer’s blog Qigong15.com and Inspired Day by Day’s Blog. Zen Mama has some great pointers to use and follow in her blog How to Calm Your Monkey Mind, Mind Mastery Made Simple and check out Taming our Monkey Minds for additional information.