What prevents us from logic thinking and true action? The monkey mind is an often discussed topic in China and grew popular with legends like Wukong (the monkey king). This term originated from Chinese history and can also be found in Zen and Buddhism. The monkey mind as psychological term originated from Taoism.
Monkey Mind in the Western World
Without meditation or other internal arts the monkey mind is bound to be strong in society. The monkey mind usually gives other people a lot of emotional response which is not necessary. By overloading others they automatically become at unrest too and seek to unload their heavy emotions somewhere and somehow. This is only one example how the monkey mind cycle continuous in the western world. In the end what is left is an chaotic emotional world without discipline and full of unproductiveness. Some people find a solution/enlightenment while others keep unloading emotions for the rest of their lives.
Monkey Mind in Kung Fu Training
Being unable to practice and keeping up self discipline is also a sign of the monkey mind. The thinking and questioning of yourself makes unsure and unrest. It comes when people are not prepared for changes or prepared for sacrifices.
We Have Everything and Nothing
Our “laid back” modern society has everything and having everything is the same as having nothing. It loses its value as nobody knows how to value what we have. This is not only meant in a materialistic way but also in an personal and emotional way. What is important to you and how do you value it?
Start From Scratch
If you are confused by the monkey mind, you should probably start again from the beginning. Are you healthy? What did you do for the things you value? Clean the mind and connect it with your heart. Discover your soul and the true essence of what makes you a person. Don’t let yourself get confused again. Reminding oneself of what is important is giving insight to the true meaning of all things.
Your Mind Your Will
Taoists practice to control the mind in a natural and positive way. How can you be sure to be fully in control of your mind? Are you able to do things exactly as you want? Enduring is something most people can’t do without proper training and is always a test of willpower. The thing is how you approach this matters. If you see it as a challenge than yes it is. Challenge is a conflict where you lose face. Taoists see it as “playing” like a child plays with toys.
Blend into Society
What is it that you need to take from others? When you already have everything which is important to you? The wise is humble and polite to everyone, he let’s the storm pass through the valley without resistance. Because the resistance is what keeps the storm in place.