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Monkey Mind

Sometimes, we have so much going on in our life that our brain creates an endless stream of mind chatter that doesn't even stop when we want to go to sleep. We lie awake in bed, either rehashing something that happened in the past or worrying about the future. How helpful it is, then, to have a meditation practice that we can fall back on when our 'monkey mind' is taking over.

Trying to start a new meditation practice when we are stressed out isn't easy! If our mind is doing the hamster wheel thing, we may try to find some peace to calm it down. We'll find a quiet place and sit and wait for inner peace, while our mind chatter continues incessantly. Then, after a few minutes, we get frustrated and scrap the idea of meditation altogether, saying that we simply 'can't' meditate. And so, the stress cycle continues.

But, if we have a meditation practice already in place, all we have to do when we are stressed is to tap into that habit. It's not hard to get into the routine of meditating, either. Carve some time out for yourself at the same time every day, whether morning, noon, or evening. Create a sacred space for yourself, and make a habit of meditating there.

In the beginning, you might try just five minutes. Sit and ground yourself. Then, focus on breathing into your lower belly, breathing out twice as long as you breathe in. With practice, the amount of time your mind is actually in a peaceful place will get longer and longer.

If you do this on a daily basis, you will soon have a solid meditation practice that you can fall back on in times of stress.

© Erika Marie Rose and Good Vibes, 2020

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