How to Calm The Monkey Mind

April 3, 2019

 

 

Movement is the key ingredient in shifting through the overactive mind.

Lately, I’ve been practicing movement meditations. I put on a song or two that inspires me and I intuitively move the way my body asks me to. This is also a way of clearing my mind, and getting centered within my body...which is usually my intention behind meditation.

This process has allowed me to be more present, and less in my monkey mind. 🙊

Don’t get me wrong- I love my mind. I love how it is constantly processing, analyzing and wondering...I think those who “overthink” have a gift that they can channel when used right! ➡️ How I’ve embraced mine? Acceptance. No punishment for overactive thoughts, just ease and curiosity to what is coming in.

I’ve also used my mind to produce detailed work, to think of many options and to experiment with all sides to each scenario. My mind is constantly open to possibility! All these skills have helped me excel in various jobs.

Overthinking is not the enemy, unless it’s being used to deflect, distract and disassociate from emotions.

This is why I equally put emphasis on my body. I know how quickly my mind takes over (it’s the safe space for everyone, by the way). I know my natural tendencies, so I intentionally engage my body in activity and give it my attention. This helps me through emotions, it helps me through chronic pain, and it helps me light up! It’s like fuel for my day.

Some can access that spark through the mind alone, and some need the body. There is no right or wrong way. Listen to what YOU need and embrace your unique gifts.

How do you access your spark?

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