Interview with a Monkey Mind

Revisiting a favorite post from my first blogging year. And I still have a monkey mind.

Almost Gracefully

My mind has a mind of its own.

It’s good to know I’m not alone in this. Apparently it’s been a common struggle throughout the ages, so we can’t even blame cell phones and video games for our gnat-sized attention spans. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, an ancient text on the art and science of yoga, we learn yoga’s true purpose, and no, it’s not to fit in Lulumon pants. In Book 1, Sutra 2, the sage Patanjali tells us that the purpose of yoga is to still the waves of the mind: Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah.

Chimp 3 (1)

This tendency of the mind to run from one thing to the next is often described as the monkey mind. If you suddenly conjured up a mental image of a frolicking chimpanzee jumping on your bed, screaming happily while throwing your good china against the wall, you get the idea.


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Lee Manale is a certified yoga and meditation instructor specializing in holistic stress reduction. Naturally a high-strung worrywart herself, she loves sharing with others the practices that have changed her life. Lee lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband, two dogs and a noisy little parrot named Louie.

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