Sleepless mind

The mind dissipates a tremendous amount of energy on pursuing thought associations and reliving memories continuously. In my recent readings, I found that the Buddhist it is called the ‘chattering monkey mind’. It never stops. Themes are repeated over and over again without any solution presenting itself. I have known older people who could still become outraged by the memory of some minor incident which occurred almost half a century ago. In all this time they had never been able to put it out of their minds. To the contrary, they strengthened the incident by constantly thinking of it.

The worst is reflecting on a problem when waking up in the middle of the night. Instincts are nearer the surface then. Emotional drastic solutions present themselves. On waking up in the morning, more often than not, all nocturnal resolutions seem far away and are seldom followed.

Lesson: when waking up at night don’t give in to mental acrobatics. Relax, let awareness descend from the head into the body.

Try to contact all parts. It may lead to ‘centering’ – a harmonious blend of bodily consciousness.

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6 thoughts on “Sleepless mind

  1. I agree.. because once you burn your mind out on thinkin on negative situations thats what your outcome will be and you will have no peace.. But the thing is you must find a positive from the negative thoughtz that the “chattering monkey” seems to speak of.. so my point is you and the “chattering monkey” must become ONE… when you figure how to deal with the (monkey=your mind) then i believe you will have become ONE with what we call our TEMPLE.. but until then they will live in two different worlds.. and the fight will go on.

  2. Very keen observation! You are right, the monkey is no one but ourselves. We are our own maestro and our own audience. The challenge is making all of the “negative noise” into harmonious blends of positive thoughts and action.

  3. Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, aligns with your thought. He talks about our fight as humans with letting go and not wrestling with our own ‘pain body’ that builds up over time from our emotional experiences and traps. Buddhist principles and belief focus that life is ‘dukkha’ unless we can free ourselves of this self inflicted pain (your chattering monkey within us), and teaches the power through meditation. Quiet reflection provides the path to free ourselves from the experiences and pain which are trapped in our mind. Most lack the patience and comfort from complete stillness with ourselves and lack the focus to let go. Through quiet, there is peace.

  4. When I read this, I thought about the process of healing; specifically, regarding children and young adults. Some hurts just don’t go away without some form of therapy or outside help. The mind is fragile. I wish that it was simple to heal past hurts and to simply block it out of your mind by replacing those thoughts with positive ones. Truth is, you never really can erase memories, good or bad. Just learn from them.

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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