Qigong Mind Mastery Made Simple (Monkey Mind)

Methods for Dealing with “Monkey Mind”

How do you know your ‘state’ of mind is vital to its success with the exercises of qigong. It is virtually impossible to practice qigong if your mind is obsessed, worried or anxious about something (This is referred to in the Tai Chi worlds as having “monkey mind”.  And this is a very common experience for each professional (and experienced) new qigong. Are you ready to do their exercises of qigong, but your are racing about like a monkey mind.

I heard somewhere that the mind has on more than 60,000 thoughts a day – do not ask me how they worked it.

The important thing is that if you are to succeed with their qigong exercises that you need to calm the mind while practicing it, so you can get the benefits of Chi Kung. The more you can do it, the easier it is to calm the mind and the better the results you get from our practice. This is a gradual process, especially at the beginning and that is why the regular daily practice is essential. Without daily practice, is how to turn off the electric before the kettle boil. If you keep doing that, never boil the kettle. It’s the same with his practice of Qigong. Every time you practice qigong, you’re really working on the mind as well. In a positive way.

So what do you do when you lie flat refuses to play ball? Here are three simple tips to help deal with what’s happening in your mind and be present when doing their exercises of qigong.

Calm the Monkey Mind!

monkey mind

Artist Heather Gorham's interpretation of the monkey mind.

But before we look at those, let me give you a warning first. If you are a beginner qigong exercises, say less than 6 months experience this applies to you.

If you’re feeling very emotionally charged, due to receiving bad news, or because something happened that left you feeling very emotionally charged (worried, anxious, etc, angry afraid), so please wait until you have calmed down before making his qigong exercises.

But I thought it would help me to calm my emotions Qigong, to help me improve my life, to deal with the life he always throws at me – he says.

Yes, but until they are very skilled in Qigong, so you better wait until you are calm (ER), simply because the benefits you get from grinding your teeth and pushing through with their exercises of Qigong, we can forget worth the effort.

In fact, it’s probably best for any practitioner of qigong to wait until your emotions are relatively stable before making your practice. That said, let’s continue with these tips.

1) Spend more time getting into a mood of qigong (QSoM), especially mentally relax. If it helps to count your breaths 1-10. Do not proceed until you have entered a QSoM. And if you can not, then better go for a ride and try again later.

Alternatively, if you’re savvy, you can control the monkey mind to be quiet. Say you, firm and smooth – like talking to a dog noisy that for the next 15 minutes he’ll be quiet. This obviously takes a little practice, especially if you’re used to being subject to the demands of a noisy mind.

2) Focus on what you’re doing – a very simple and powerful tips to keep your gift to do qigong exercises is to focus on what you’re doing. Let’s say you were practicing Push Mountain Sky Lift your mind and want to continue wandering obsessed about how you’re going to pay this bill that came in this morning’s post.

As you raise your arms, drag the mind away from the law and concentrate on lifting your arms as you push mountain focus on their arms sticking out. Focusing on their movements will not help to maintain the current mind, then you can concentrate on your breathing. As you breathe gently through your nose on the nose, where you first aware of the feeling of air going? When breathing through the mouth, where you can feel the air being expired?

Caveat – make sure you concentrate on your movement or breathing is relaxed and smooth. Do not sweat blood visualising everything!

3) Use a thought to exceed 10,000 thoughts. The mind can only concentrate fully, or watch one thing at a time, contrary to popular belief. So if you find your Standing Meditation to be constantly interrupted by monkey mind and filled with thoughts, or full of useless, annoying, anxious thoughts. Then use the thought of overcoming them. And what is a thought? The best I found and use with all my students is as follows:

“When you breathe gently through your nose, say the word ‘In’ for himself. And when you breathe gently through your mouth, say ‘Out’ the word for yourself. …. In Out In … … out … ”

Whenever your monkey mind wanders, going, you gently bring it back to a thought “in … Out … In … Out …”

Note the title to this post: “Mind Control Made Simple” – and these three techniques are simple, so do not complicate it. But do not make the mistake of thinking that the simple and easy way! Mind Control is hard work and requires much discipline and patience. The monkey mind is not tamed easily!  Let’s get it out in the open now.

If the training / dominate mind was easy, the world would be full of enlightened masters, and one look around tells you that is not the case. Yes, it takes effort, but in my opinion the return of the effort that makes it worthwhile.

Remember that you only need to use these techniques when your mind has its own agenda. As the practice of qigong exercises as well deepens the silence of your mind and you’ll need fewer of these techniques.

Until finally you may never need them at all.

Marcus Santer is author of: Shaolin Chi Kung – 18 Exercises to help you live a longer, healthier and happier life. And the chief instructor for and founder of Qigong – the home of qigong goodness. For free qigong exercises please click the link to visit the Qigong website.

Taming the Monkey Mind – Buddhist Scholar Cheng Wei-an