We may recognize monkey mind—that wild mind going in more than one direction at a time, swinging from one branch of thought to the next. It wants the next banana, the next big thing, the next small thing. It wants to keep moving. Monkey mind likes texting and online gaming. It’s the mind that likes to be mindless.
It’s the part of your brain most connected to the ego, which contends that you can’t do anything right. It’s also the part of you that stifles creativity and prevents you from moving forward with your passions. The monkey mind insists on being heard, and sometimes it takes a lot of self-control to shut it down. It is also the part of your brain that becomes easily distracted, so if you want to get anything done in life, your challenge will be to shut down the monkey mind.
As a result of this monkey mind, it’s nearly impossible to slow down and enjoy the present. In addition, all that negativity affects our mood—making us unhappy, angry, restless, and anxious.
Taming your monkey mind will do all of the following for you:
It will give you clarity of mind; It will allow you to focus on the present and on the task at hand; It will improve the quality of your sleep; It will increase your sense of calm and of well-being; It will make you happier.
Some recommended ways to overcome it:
Learn to meditate; Doing cognitive behavior therapy (CBT); Talk to an actual person, barring that, write; Practice acceptance; Get outside yourself by helping others and so on.