Monkeys. That’s what they are.
Your thoughts I mean. Annoying little monkeys, distracting you all the time. Or worse, when they try to take control and run the show.
We even have a word for it: the monkey mind. (Okay, technically that’s two words)
It calls to mind the typical image of those pesky little monkeys in the crazy busy streets of a faraway country with an uncomfortably high humidity.
Not quite what you’d like to have in your head, right? And yet, they’re there. Makes you wonder who let them in, in the first place.
Oops, it was you.
Don’t feel guilty though. I have them too. We all do. A much more important and interesting issue is: how do we keep them under control?
Consciousness is the key word here.
Be aware of what goes on in your head. See the direction your thoughts want to nudge you towards. Recognise the familiar patterns and well trodden paths your mind loves to follow.
Look at it as a game your monkey mind is playing with you.
Once you’re on to the game, the monkey mind’s smokescreen will lift and you’ll be free. Free to make your own choices. Or to own your choices, as we so fashionably say these days.
Once you’ve liberated yourself, you can still go along with your familiar patterns if you so choose. Or you can try a different path. One that you feel might bring you more positive results.
That doesn’t mean you should simply ignore the other possibilities and scenarios that are competing for your attention. Don’t stick your head in the sand.
It’s not a matter of “thinking happy thoughts” and conveniently forgetting that you’re not feeling all that happy actually. Because those other thoughts and feelings, the ones you thought you had so cleverly hidden?
Sooner or later they will come back and bite you in the backside.
Living a conscious life means you give all your thoughts and feelings permission to co-exist in your mind. You simply choose to go along with a particular stream. While keeping an eye on the other streams. To make sure they don’t sneak up on you and take over when you least expect it.
No, that’s not easy. Yes, it takes continuous effort. But the good news is you get better at it with time and practice.
The reward? Taking the next step on the evolutionary ladder!
Because this is the challenge of the New Age that has dawned after 2012. To become a spiritual being.
Our rational mind is what set us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom many thousands of years ago. Now we need to take control of that mind to push through to the next level.
You have the ability and the passion. Go for it.
Image credit: original background images by Nomadic Lass