When I first began to learn about meditation, I came across a description of the mind when it is distracted by that which is not real. It was called "Monkey Mind." It is that experience of sitting still in your quiet place, gathering your thoughts, and then having a crazy monkey throw a big pile of, well, what monkeys throw, all across your thoughts. The monkey will scatter your focus, distract you from truth, and work diligently to take away your peace. This is the part that gets most people when they try to connect with the source of all creation. They see everything but the source.
The trick is to take out the monkey. That's right. I said it. I put a "hit" out on my monkey mind. I started learning to take away his playground and force him to stay outside of my truth. His objective was to make me see things that weren't really there. It starts with a small, "It appeared that those people were talking bad about you" from the monkey and escalates to everything in your past that somebody could have thought ill of. If we don't "let the monkey have it," then he will continue to wreak havoc on our minds until we are consumed with the past. This preoccupation with the past leads to us questioning who we are and thinking ill of ourselves even if the dang monkey was lying from the beginning.
The monkey, that pest that tries to screw up your present, is your ego. It is the ego that pulls us away from the source, from the truth that was always intended for us. These monkey thoughts that we have, they don't have any meaning at all. They are simply a distraction from peace. When the monkey is in our minds, we cannot see anything as it is and therefore our thoughts really have no meaning. Meaning comes when the monkey goes. Peace is found when the chatter of nothingness is removed from our minds.
A part of my meditational practice is to begin in nothingness. I am simply suspended in space and time and then I construct the peace that is my birthright around me. I can wipe out all of this creation at will, for it is my creation to eliminate. And so, if a monkey shows up, I can make it all disappear, monkey included, in a blink. In another blink, I can pick back up where I left off. You can too. Spend time in the next 24 hours booting the monkeys that aim to wreak havoc on your real world. Let go of the past. Wipe the slate clean, and allow the peace of the Spirit to consume you.
To Your Success,
Jody N. Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.