Meditation and training your mind

Train Your Monkey Mind Mingyur Rinpoche

I read on the internet once that someone compared their brain to an internet browser with 100 open tabs, with music coming from three of them, and not being able to find them to shut them off (what chaos!). Granted this was more of a meme and probably meant to be a joke, but I personally related to this fully. It doesn't help that society today wants our attention to be in a bunch of different places- telling us buy this, overreact to this drama in the media, selling us a false sense happiness with likes on social media, and many other forms of distraction and stress.

Meditation and mindfulness is one of the most popular coping mechanisms in the current mental health world, as it has been shown to have many mental health benefits such as increasing the ability to stay present, stress reduction, improved focus, reduced anxiety and depression, and reduced physical reactions to pain. This morning Rae and I watched the Mindfulness episode in Netflix's The Mind Explained, which gives a brief but informative look at the benefits of meditation listed above (highly recommend this series- us humans are so fascinating!). Mingyur Rinpoche was interviewed for the mindfulness episode, and above we linked an even more brief two minute youtube video on his method for training the mind. We love how he uses a sense of humor to explain a task that's so simple, yet so powerful for transforming the way we relate to our world.

Meditation is a great skill for children, teens and adults, and can be used to heal from mental health concerns or to improve general wellness. In our practice we incorporate meditation for those who are interested, with activities such as mindful breathing and guided meditations. Have you tried meditation? Has it worked for you? After watching the video above, have you made friends with your "monkey mind"?