Five Ways to Quiet the Monkey Mind

Unlocking your clear channel

By: Jocelyn J Joy

4/14/20232 min read

The human mind is a fascinating thing. It constantly processes our surroundings, offering a multitude of focal points. Unfortunately, this can often feel overwhelming, like being surrounded by a cacophony of voices. The Buddha described it as a chaotic circus of screeching, fighting, and chattering monkeys - a concept still relevant today, over two thousand years later. Quieting this mental chaos can be a real challenge.

Imagine a teacher trying to control a room full of energetic, anxious kindergarteners. Yelling only makes things worse. So how does the teacher bring calm to the chaos? Picture her playing soft music in the background, turning off the bright lights, and sitting calmly at her desk, facing the class with a relaxed posture. By doing so, she completely changes the energy in the room.

Now, how can we apply this analogy to ease our restless minds? Like the teacher, we must employ various strategies to quiet the Monkey Mind. What works today may not work tomorrow, but that's okay because we have an arsenal of techniques.

Here are Five Simple Ways to Help You Tame Your Restless Mind

Discover the Power of Breathing Techniques to Calm Your Restless Mind

Take a moment to observe your breathing and bodily tension. Without judgment, become aware. Then, close your mouth and inhale deeply through your nose for a count of 4. Hold your breath for 7 counts, then exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 8. Repeat this exercise for 3 to 5 rounds and feel the tension melt away.

Coloring Your Way to a More Relaxed Mind and Body: Understanding the Science Behind It

Coloring activities have consistently proven to calm the mind, relax the body, and reduce fatigue. Grab a coloring book, colored pencils, or crayons, and let your creativity flow. You'll be amazed at how relaxed you become.

Getting Lost in the Moment: How Dancing Can Lower Stress Levels and Boost Your Mood

Movement, wildly dancing, lowers stress hormone levels and boosts your mood. Let yourself go and allow your body to move freely, with or without music. By the end, you'll find yourself breathing deeper, feeling lighter, and wearing a smile from ear to ear.

The Healing Power of Nature: Exploring the Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

Spending time in natural environments has significantly reduced the stress hormone cortisol. Nature also increases dopamine and endorphin levels, creating a greater sense of happiness. Whether it's a park, a lake, a backyard, or a garden, take the time to appreciate and connect with the natural world around you.

Clearing Your Mind with Journaling: How Putting Pen to Paper Can Help You Find Clarity and Calmness

Many people need to pay more attention to the power of journaling. Like meditation, it's easy to worry about doing it "correctly." But here's the secret: write. Let your thoughts, feelings, and observations flow onto the page without judgment or concern for grammar or punctuation. Free up mental space by pouring it all out onto paper. Creating a clear channel will bring a calmness that can't be matched.

By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, you can gain control over your restless mind and find the peace and clarity you've been seeking. Try them out and discover the power of quieting the Monkey Mind.