How To Dial Down Your Anxious, Worried “Monkey Mind” (Without Moving To A Tropical Island)

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Our best intentions for a calm, centered bearing get derailed quickly and often by the notorious “monkey mind.” We all have one, btw–it’s not a thing you can avoid.  In fact, it’s the mind’s job to think, just as it is our stomach’s job to digest the food we eat.  When practicing meditation, we may feel like we need to stop our thoughts or clear our mind completely, yet that is impossible!

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Embracing the Beginner’s Mind (with curiosity and wonder, instead of shame or judgment)

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“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki, Japanese Zen Priest
When was the last time you allowed yourself to be a geeky, enthusiastic, excited “newbie” at something?  When was the last time you really allowed yourself to have an experience as if for the first time?
When looking at something familiar in a new way, you broaden your opportunities for new knowledge. 

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