An experiential learning workshop on taming the monkey mind.
Distraction is the main problem for us all – what the Buddha called the monkey mind. We need to tame this monkey mind.
– Tenzin Palmo
The Law of Attention – If you are not paying attention to what you are doing, then ‘you’ are not doing it, it is happening.
The mind is the most powerful thing we have with us. Yet it is the most troublesome thing to control. We seem to be always living our life on a background of what can be called continuous mental chatter – freely flowing random associations of thoughts, images, sounds, etc.
This mental chatter is likened to a monkey which is constantly jumping from one branch of a tree to another, eating a fruit, throwing it away and swinging from branches, always restless. It prevents us from being objective and affects our daily productivity. It also prevents us from being present in the present. What can be done about this?
The objective of this workshop is bring your attention to the faculty of attention, which is an important tool in your mental arsenal – one that can be used effectively to work on the problem of the monkey mind.
In this 3 hour workshop, you will
- Learn the machinery of the monkey mind
- Get to know your own mind and experience its behavior
- Know what it means to integrate body and mind
- Learn ways to observe the monkey mind and begin to tame it
The workshop has been designed for a beginner. It includes some fun exercises and also some basic meditation exercises that can be learnt very easily.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
It was indeed an amazing and fruitful session for myself. These are simple and very minute situations that happens to us on daily bases, but very few people can realize the same. I myself have been through such occasions where something or other become a distraction and I didn’t even realize why it happened.
The session has given a great learning – to take care and be attentive to minor things. It really conserves or generates positive energy within
I started to keep my mind alert while riding a bike and I can feel that sometimes because of thinking I take an incorrect turn while going home and its reduced now. That’s one progress for me till date. Slowly I will try to keep my mind alert in more situations like this in my day to day life.
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