I once attended a weekend retreat for woman. It was held in a wonderful and rustic meeting place in the Rocky Mountains, outside Colorado Springs. The goal was to spend some time in an environment which would force us out of the big city and free our minds. Easier said than done.
Our group leader was not only an ordained minister, but also a wife, mother, church leader, and highly extroverted woman, who was in demand throughout the country (and later overseas) as a speaker. Just like us, her thoughts were often still back at home, or work, or with family, or somewhere else which stood in our way of truly retreating and growing spiritually. She taught us about the concept of “monkey mind”. We all laughed when she described this unfocused and sometimes compulsive mental process. Monkey mind seemed like a perfect description!
I don’t remember her exact words, but they were similar to those in a HuffingtonPost article which credits Buddha as describing the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly.
We all have monkey minds Personally I find my monkey mind to be powerful when writing and creating concepts. That jumping around allows me to link different parts of my life, education, and experiences and create a useful chain. However, my monkey mind is a negative influence when it fills up too much space in my mind and steals away my spirit while spinning me into circular cycle of tasks, tasks, tasks, and more tasks.
We live in a sound bite world. Blogging is often most effective when it features sound bite pieces of useful information. So, I am going to periodically make postings under the title of “My Monkey Mind” to share some of the short and random thoughts from my monkey mind about financial management, women and money, and the topics in the Financial Freedom Party for Women.
Until next time.
Debra J. Hadsall