how do we as human beings, better develop/ cultivate our minds = controlling our monkey mind, “Not just simply during meditation, but during everday, moment to moment living, whether we are at work, while in college, at home, walking, etc. {while doing anything, & everything) ? ! ! !

Thanks.

I really hope only followers of the Dhamma, OR people that do research over the internet to be very kind and helpful to otheres, answer this.

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  • “monkey-mind”
    Monkeys swing from branch to branch…if the mind is “untrained” it means it flits and switches from subject to subject, topic to topic, thought to another thought…

    “how do we as human beings, better develop/ cultivate our minds = controlling our monkey mind, “Not just simply during meditation, but during everday, moment to moment living, whether we are at work, while in college, at home, walking, etc. {while doing anything, & everything) ? ! ! !”

    Have you looked into Mindfulness Meditation? This might be something to explore if you have not. I found this: http://www.contemplativemind.org/practices/subnav/mindfulness.htm
    and http://satipatthana.org/about.html

    If you stick with it, the practice really does open up a lot of things that you were not aware of before…along the way, you get to really ‘know’ yourself. There’s not much ‘fanfare’ involved, it is mostly observation of causes and effects. Try not to be hard on yourself if things do not go the way you think it should; in fact, try not to have any expectations. One “trap” some folks get caught in is having the expectation that calmness, concentration, tranquility, peacefulness, a mental cure-all will transpire in a matter of hours or days. It might, but once mindfulness/awareness ceases—then back to monkey-mind again—back to old habits, usual conditioning that never progress anywhere. The object of mindfulness practice is to bring your attention to what is happening in the present moment. (For example, “I am sitting in front of the computer, typing, composing sentences to answer a person’s question. The wall clock is ticking…etc.”) It’s not so much “controlling” the mind, but getting to “know” and “understanding” the function/machination of mind as it interacts with sensations (such as visual, smell, taste, touch, sound).

    (http://buddhism.kalachakranet.org/mind.html)

    Other related topics, keywords:
    Five aggregates , khandas, skhandas
    Six sense/base consciousness

  • You train your brain like a muscle. Did you know before you go to a class or lecture your brain patterns change? I think it’s a matter of training your mind to be still. The untrained mind Monkies around. Personally I listened to this recording by Thich Nhat Hanh, of a bell. He coaches you just listen. Read his collection. I hope you get some better answers than mine.

  • The racing mind is like a chattering monkey, always trying to get what it wants. Nothing happens and the monkey just gets more and more excited. Meditation is supposed to slow down the monkey chattering. It helps us lose the attachment to what we want.

    You can find lots of meditation techniques online, but it helps me just to breathe and count backward from 20. In 20 Out 20 In 19 Out 19, etc. Try it and see if it helps. It takes time. Please don’t give up,

  • It is because the untrained mind will be a constant chatter.

    It is just a figure of speach. Don’t get hung up on the terms used.

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