I don’t know about you, but yesterday’s talk about “people are clutter” really got me down. It was a hard post to write, and yet it’s the absolute truth: there are just times when it is appropriate to let it go.
Today is one of those days for me.
In some ways, it’s a celebration: I can’t believe I’ve been posted every day for 18 days straight. It’s definitely a blogging record for me, and has me on point every night.
Yet it’s also taking a toll: I’m tired, worn out, don’t want to continue.
No, I’m not quitting.
But my internal dialogue is running amok: “I will push through this and get to October 31st. But I have things that need to get done before snow covers the ground. But you made a commitment to write every day. But the leaves; I’m up to my knees in leaves! I don’t wanna. And the plants that you bought at Home Depot in September; they HAVE to get planted. And, and….”
It’s my friend and yours Monkey Mind, aka mental clutter. Even my trusty chanting of Om Mani Padme Hum isn’t helping. As I said on Day 10, monkey mind is like a terrible two-year-old bent on keeping you distracted from now.
So today, quiet your mind.
Return to the guided meditation of Day 4, or turn up the volume on Day 5’s mantra video. Really sink into the practice, and see how long you can go without that pesky monkey mind raising it’s two-year-old hands for attention.
This battle with monkey mind never seems to end. But, just like a two-year-old that collapses from too much exertion, you can quiet the beast. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
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