Lately my monkey brain has been working overtime drudging up narratives of shame, comparisons, anger, victimhood and complaints. One morning this week the monkey started before I got out of bed, quieted down while I did yoga and meditated and then returned with a vengeance as I got ready for work. My fiery nature was ignited. Rather than following my own advice to sit with and observe the dialogue, I was fired up and went into my day like a wrecking ball. I reacted badly to a work situation, twice.
I was caught in a spiral of negativity and I was struggling to get out of my head. I came across the blog A Graceful Life by Writer McWriterson about thinking like a monk. She explained that the monkey brain overwhelms, but the monk mind focuses on the root of what is. The monkey brain complains and criticizes while the monk brain is compassionate and collaborative. Writer McWriterson spent a week tracking her complaints and criticism and shares what she discovered. Her commentary is interesting, humorous and relatable.
I enjoyed her blog so much that I had to comment. I confessed my funk and my willingness to follow her lead. I believe that the monkey brain, if observed, is a flashing arrow to what is really going on and needs attention. I needed a new way to see my arrow
I am happy that I reached out because I have made a new blog friend and I have a new tick to help me with this funk. Check out A Graceful Life.