2010–2023 Writings
by Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Do you have trouble sitting still sometimes?

Modern life is super busy with a seemingly endless list of tasks, commitments, priorities, and responsibilities. The breakneck speed of technological development and the rushed pace of urban life create the perfect storm. In summation, many of us are currently more productive—and more stressed out—than ever.

The human mind entertains an incredible 50,000 thoughts each day. In the Buddha dharma teachings, the concept of the monkey mind relates to the unsettled, restless, grandiose, confused, and/or uncontrollable aspects of the mind. The myriad thoughts passing through the untrained mind constantly jump all over and swing from branch to branch like a monkey.

Monkey mind wants to multitask. Of course, when we do many things at once, nothing gets done well. Our inner monkey does not want us relaxing or meditating; it will always choose instead to plan and predict, wonder and worry, approve or deny, project and analyze.

Sitting meditation is difficult for folks who can’t sit still. Luckily, there are many dynamic methods of mindfulness.

Here are five great hobbies you can take up to calm down a restless mind. May they be of benefit!

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