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The Mind Of A Monkey


There is a term, "monkey mind", that goes back 1000s of years. Basically your mind is always going - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most of the time we walk around in a zombie-like state and don't even realize that our mind is churning away, thinking crazy thoughts, running through crazy scenarios, bouncing from branch to branch like a rabid monkey.

The initial goal of meditating (to me) is simply to become aware of all this activity, to observe it in action like you are an un-attached third party. Once you do learn to observe it, you will never be the same.

You will be amazed - and scared - of what is going on, and how little control you have. That is the point where you move to the next step, learning to focus. You don't "force" yourself to quit thinking or anything like that (a lot of people will tell you meditating is about suppressing your thoughts...that is just not true) - you simply learn to observe what is going on, and when you get good at observing (becoming aware), then by default you will start to gain control over the craziness.

Imagine being in control of your thoughts versus your thoughts controlling you. Would that be good? Or would that be scary? Or would that be scary good?

First you'll need a 4'×6' bamboo mat, comfortable silk robe, simple wooden bowl, 12 sticks of sandalwood incense (cones will do in a pinch), a small desktop fan, wind chimes, and someone you trust (preferably your spouse if you are married) to shave your head. You are now ready to begin...

You think I'm kidding? Good! We're on the same page. All you really need is to be willing to take a good look at yourself, every day, for a few minutes. When I say look at yourself what I really mean is look at your thoughts. Observe them. Don't attempt to subdue them, change them, manage them, or deny them. Just be still and watch them. Start with 5 minutes and work your way up. When you're done each day there is one very important final step to the process. Don't judge the monkey.

This excercise is about observing, not judgement.

You've heard David talk about this concept often on the daily broadcast. I ran across a trader who had some very similiar things to say. He won't divulge his name, he prefers to be called X. True story.

Think very carefully about this-

"A belief is only a thought you continue to think. A belief is nothing more than a chronic pattern of thought, and you have the ability - if you try even a little bit- to begin a new pattern, to tell a new story, to achieve a different vibration, to change your point of attraction."

- Abraham-Hicks

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