Our monkey minds are busy, busy, busy. Are you aware of your monkey mind? These are incessant thoughts that often have little purpose other than to stress you out. Is your monkey mind:
- replaying thoughts from the past? re-living a situation that happened over and over again? tormenting you?
- jumping from one distracting thought to another, like ‘when will that phonecall come?, ‘he hasn’t replied to my email, that must mean….’, and ‘I never do well at these meetings’, ‘what will I make for dinner’, etc.
- worrying about what will happen? testing out scenarios of how something will play out?
There is certainly a time and place for our minds to think and plan, but once you’ve made up your mind about something, let it go. Don’t keep replaying mindless thoughts if there is no benefit from doing so.
We have to be aware of our monkey mind FIRST before we can tame it. Taming it brings you a more peaceful mind.
Once you become aware of your monkey mind, here are some great, powerful words you can use to stop the monkey from jumping around. When you notice the monkey, say one of these words loudly in your head:
STOP! or CANCEL! – halt the thought, or cancel the thought.
CHANGE! – change the thought to something else, something more positive and fulfilling.
This usually works for me. Sometimes I have to repeat it loudly to myself a number of times so it’s louder than the monkey thoughts, but it works to bring calm and reduce stress.