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Taming the Monkey Mind: Days 1 & 2

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  1. Susan says:

    I, too, have restarted my meditation practice recently and just got the Deepak Chopra Center’s 21 day Mediation Challenge mp3 from amazon. The draw for me was the guy (davidji) who voices most of these guided meditations (and the mp3 was maybe $11). The second day’s meditation is called “Do you have thoughts?” and specifically talks about our thoughts as chattering monkeys. He makes the point that we humans have a thought every 1.2 seconds and you really can’t stop the thoughts. You (and your meditation) are the stillness *between* the thoughts. I found this very comforting. The struggle, of course, is to gently bring yourself forward from the past or back from the future to simply be in the moment. Davidji has another set of guided meditations that I like; his voice is very deep and soothing. Thanks very much for this blog; you can’t know how much it means to be in the midst of the crap of probable divorce and then read your blog. You give me hope and validation.

  2. Rick says:

    Hi stilllearning2b, Saw your comment & link on huffpost today. Thought it interesting so I read more here. Anyway don’t become discouraged…..cliche as it is ..every journey begins with the first step(s). It gets easier (and addictive in my case). Persist and you will find your way. Teachers, books, etc may act as guides when direction is required but in the end it will be Your way, no other’s. Your life will become less harsh as a result of your effort.
    I wish you the best and intend to follow your progress in the coming days.

    • I am enjoying the practice so far. My pattern in the past is to slack off after 1-2 weeks. That will be my challenge. Thank you for your support!

      • Selma says:

        Interesting that you call this the monkey mind miatedtion podcast. When I did study Tai Chi for about 10 months, the guy I was working out with (one of my fellow teachers at City, Inc) mentioned the monkey mind aspect and how it related to people, especially the students we were dealing with. When you mentioned the title, that brought me back to that discussion. Are you allowed any type of music when you meditate, or is that frowned on?

      • Rick says:

        Week 1 has passed and I see you are still with it. Carry on.
        During this past week your encouragement through practice has effected my course, I see that living in a Western Culture brings, with it, its own challenge that requires much undoing. An Eastern Culture I see as not having this prerequisite, then again how can I know for certain.

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