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"I found this hard today - monkey mind very insistent. Tomorrow I shall find a guided meditation on YouTube to help. I need the peace." AnnaHello Anna,
Thank you for participating in today's first-ever Mindful Living Monday, and for then taking a moment to leave your above comment.
A few important things to keep in mind: 1) be gentle with yourself, and try not to judge that you found the practice difficult, 2) trust — until you know firsthand — that the practice will become easier over time, that it can take a while for our monkey minds to settle down, and 3) don't concern yourself with achieving a goal.
If we try to quiet the monkey mind through thought, or any other doing, we'll, in fact, fuel it. There's nothing we need to do to quiet the monkey mind; rather, it will, of its own accord, become quieter when we stop fueling it by hooking into thoughts, by judging ourselves, and by trying to "do something".
Give yourself a lot of space in which to be supremely gentle with yourself, and allow everything which is part of your present moment to be just as it is while you practice bringing that simple, uncomplicated awareness to your world, both within and without. Don't try to change anything, to wish anything away (including monkey mind), or to wish for anything.
Simply observe reality as it is, without judgment or commentary. Stay with the physical sensations, be curious about them, but don't engage them via thought. Simply witness them.
You might also find the practice easier after exercise — be it walking, doing yoga, swimming, or what have you, as exercise itself helps us to relax, both our minds and our bodies.
Let me know if you have any further questions. And, for now, I wish you well, and thank you again.
With warm regards,