How to Quieten your #MonkeyMind and Strengthen your Intuition?
Did you know, an average person has about 48.6 thoughts per minute, according to a study conducted at the University of Southern California. That adds up to a total of around 70,000 thoughts per day. That’s a LOT!
One of the teachings by Buddha was that he described the human mind as being so busy and overwhelmed, it was as if it had monkeys in it, and they continued to jump from branch to branch. Each branch and money would represent human thought or an emotion, that is trying to be more prevalent. That is how our thoughts work too. All this continuous activity in your mind results and paves a path for anxiety, worry, loss of sleep, and sometimes even anger.
Hence the name, Monkey Mind. It is often exhausting, and yet very popular. So, how can you work on quieting your monkey mind and strengthening your intuition? Here are 4 ways by which you can strengthen your intuition:
- Build Focus:
You can stop your monkey mind from exhausting you more if you have a plan that you stick to every day. It is not easy to pay attention to your goals without being distracted. But there are a few simple techniques that can help you master this practice. You can get everything that you imagine if you can clear out the clutter in your life. Studies have shown that it takes an average individual takes approximately 23 minutes to regain the lost focus. It is because each time you lose your focus, the monkeys in your head which were kept away, become active. So, when you are really focused, the monkeys stay silent and they go away.
- Practice Gratitude:
If you take some time off your day, to reflect on what you are grateful for, you will shift your focus from what you have rather than what you don’t have. Research actually shows that repeated thoughts can create neural pathways. It means, that the more you are able to focus on the positive side of your life, the more permanent are those pathways. Practicing gratitude with time will train your brain to find the positivity in life, which will also help quiet the negative monkeys.
- Practice Yoga:
Yoga helps you to connect with yourself, as well as it gives your mind a chance to welcome any healing that it needs. Pranayama is a practice of deep, slow breathing that helps to center the mind and streamline any scattering thoughts. In some sense, it is similar to meditation because you are focused on your breathing. It can help you to reduce stress in the body, and the deep breathing sends the message to your brain to relax and calm the monkeys. As the monkey mind is that of an active and playful nature. With the help of Yoga, you can learn how to quiet your mind at any given moment. It will help you to push the monkey aside and allow yourself the inner peace that you deserve.
- Maintain a Journal:
Maintaining a Journal for all your thoughts might sound strange to you. But, whenever you feel that the monkeys in your mind are out of control, you can pen it down as a journal entry. Write down the time, and what you were doing that paved the thought. You can be specific with your recordings too, including the external factors that can help you to find out why you were thinking the way, you were. This can help you to notice a pattern, and once you understand where the problem lies – you can always eliminate it.
Everybody has a monkey mind, it is normal. It happens to everyone. The trick is to learn how to quiet it down so you can live a more peaceful life. It is necessary that you don’t let the monkeys take over, but rather than learning how to take control of them, you need to listen to your commands. The easy way is, get the monkeys to be on your side, so they don’t interfere with your success.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.