Meditation Techniques to Stop the Chattering ‘Monkey Mind’

Meditation Techniques to Stop the Chattering Monkey Mind

Many meditation teachers when they take a group of new students they are very often asked if there are any meditation techniques to stop the chattering monkey mind. It is one of the most common questions asked by so many other people who are staring to learn the art of meditation.

So, is there any meditation technique to stop the chattering ‘monkey mind’? Yes, there is. In fact there are many different techniques that will help you to increase your concentration and calm the monkey mind. There are techniques that can assist you in holding your attention for longer periods of time. This holding of your attention on for extended period of time on your chosen technique will awaken your own healing energy  that exists within you.

The truth is, the very first thing to deal with when you start to meditate is the mind and its content. In the beginning it can be quite hard to meditate as the activities of the mind and its attention are drowned out continuously by the outside world. To overcome this you need to understand that it is impossible to fight the mind or to try to stop it in some way or another, or force it to do something. The goal is to calm it by giving it something to focus upon, so you are not preoccupied with its constant chatter.

Meditation Techniques to Stop the Chattering Monkey Mind

Here’s an article by, that appeared in the wonderful Huffington Post, who experience a wonderful benefits by using one special technique that can be very helpful.

In this post I will share a daily spiritual practice that helped me work through a life-threatening illness and discover new fulfillment, in case it may benefit you or someone you know.

For me, meditation was a lofty goal but the last item on my real to-do list. I felt grossly uncomfortable sitting still and frustrated by my chattering “monkey mind.” Paying attention to my breathing was boring and left me with a sense of failure.

The turning point was learning a simple technique called “Centering Prayer” or “Contemplative Prayer” taught by a minister who looked like a Benedictine monk! He was wonderful.

He said: This simple practice will change your life. Don’t take my word for it. Try it for 30 days. Then look at your life. If it has not improved for the better, don’t continue.

I followed his advice, and in 30 days my life had changed in wonderful ways. In addition to feeling clearer and happier, I had made the decision to move and found a new job!

The practice could be called “silent prayer.” It is the phase of prayer when we listen instead of speak. I think of it as meditation.

The method is simple: Sit in a comfortable and quiet place. Choose a word that expresses the divine to you: peace, harmony, divine love, whatever gives you a sense of the sacred. Close your eyes and breathe normally. Say your word a few times as a means to clear your thoughts. Then simply be with God in an open, devotional state of mind. Whenever a thought enters (or a chain of thoughts carries you to past memories or future imaginings) say your word and bring yourself back to center.

Do this two times a day for 15 minutes each. In time, your word will begin to have an automatic calming and harmonizing effect on your subconscious.

Importantly, during the meditation there is no predetermined state of mind that you are trying to achieve. Don’t judge what happens during the 15 minutes, because that’s not the point. Don’t expect nirvana or wait for fireworks, bells and whistles. If your head is full of negative thoughts and emotions such as anger, sorrow, sadness, agitation, simply notice them, say your word, and come back to center. If you start to cry, observe in a loving way, say your word, and come back to center.

As I said, 30 days of this practice yielded remarkable results for me. But did I continue? Of course not! It took a life-threatening illness to get me to discipline myself to do this on a daily basis.

Now, I have integrated “centering prayer” twice a day for more than a year and am enjoying a measure of well-being and happiness that I never imagined possible.

From my experience, brief periods spent with God as the only focus and centering as the only activity alters how the brain functions. Amazingly, the ability to center carries over to everyday life… for example, when I am about to go off on a tangent (getting enmeshed in negative situations, wasting time on pointless arguments, letting my feelings overpower me, getting distracted from something I need to do), I now more readily see that I have a choice and return to center (my core intentions and values). Gradually, the dark alleys are disappearing from my life, replaced by increasing fulfillment.

Try this or some other centering practice, with or without the “nudge” of a life-threatening illness! Peace and blessings! Read more here.

As said you don’t need a life-threatening illness to start to meditate. This activity can be commenced at any time. Just persist and you will reap the rewards.

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