Staying focused ~ A mindfulness practice

Monkey Mind’s nature is to jump from one thought to the next.
Gremlin’s nature is to ruthlessly bully you.
Inner Critic’s nature is to question your abilities to move forward.

By keeping you unfocused, defensive and paralyzed your life becomes blocked with stagnant qi.

Antidote?
Top of the Hour Breath Meditation.
Focus on and activate your breath.
Inhale deeply. Exhale deeper.
Keep your awareness with your breath

Purposefully LeapFrog over Monkey Mind, Gremlin and Inner Critic’s destructive comments.

No need to linger.
This is Mind Training at its’ best!


Don’t believe everything you think.

Monkey Mind, Inner Critic and Gremlin are grand manipulators.
They will put you into trance by giving you an outdated belief system.

Be aware of their ploys and how they manage you.
Remember ~ Utilize antidotes.
Remember ~ Meditate and get underneath it all.
Remember ~ Do not take your life personally.
Remember ~ Don’t believe everything you think.

To Avoid Trance-like Behavior…

It’s all about Mind Training.

Consciously stand tall with big heart:
Somatically, mindfully, creatively
Unceasingly.

Check in with yourself.
Stay in this moment
And do not indulge in Monkey MInd’s
Past or future triggers.

To avoid going into trance be aware of ~
•What thoughts you are running.
•What feelings you are experiencing.
•What images are arising
from the dead past or the imagined future.

Shake your body to keep the qi circulating..
Listen to your body’s wisdom.
Find antidotes to the trances.

Remember: This is not a time for lassitude,

Simplify with a Strong Dose of Slow

It appears Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was reading my current mindset when he wrote Something Left Undone in 1863. This summer no matter my intentions, disruptive events have arrived taking me for wild unscheduled runs, leaving much undone.

The disruptions are viable. The surrounding fires, the thick smoke, the protest demonstrations, the two-month heat wave, the pandemic, the news turned into tall tales, the drought, the circulating lies, the highly disturbing events around the world. It’s all there.

FYI: Monkey Mind thrives in this swirl of agitated thoughts, frightful images and unknown futures.

How do we live in the midst of “shake-you-to-the-bone events” with engaged integrity*?

Antidote: Simplify with a strong dose of slow.

Make your life simple and spacious again. Zen down to the basics physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Reduce involvement to that which does not serve.

Walk away from what is not needed. Delete or reduce the others. You know how to do this. It takes training. Mind training.

AgainSimplify with a strong dose of slow.

*Engaged Integrity defined as active, big hearted moral honesty.

Leapfrogging time!

When the Monkey Mind, Inner Critic and Gremlin have you looking at the world through a limited viewpoint…leapfrog over and land in Beginners Mind where everything is possible.

No one knows what will happen next. And we aren’t sure what just happened.

Bottomline: Live in this moment participating fully. When necessary leapfrog over all thought forms that are Spirit Killers.

This is another form of mind training. Remain diligent.

For silent support ~
Join colleagues from around the world to meditate and “Explore the Silent Spaces of Infinite Mindset” each day from 6am – 6:30am Mountain. Our sixth week begins tomorrow. It has become a refuge for many of us. You are more than welcome to join us.

The Zoom room opens around 5:45am Mountain. Come early and settle in. Then at 6am we begin. Here is the registration link which will give you the Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/271214182?pwd=bDNGQS9Pc0VPd0x0T3FjdC9XRGtFZz09

All that we have learned…

Bring in the teachings over these many years and lifetimes to recreate your life based on the ingredients of today.

Rein in your Monkey Mind, the Inner and Outer Critic, and that Gremlin. Come into this moment with a spacious Infinite Mindset.

To cultivate this new way of living on our planet you are invited each day from 6am-6:30am Mountain to sit silentlly as we explore and glean pertinent wisdom from the silent spaces.

https://zoom.us/j/271214182?pwd=bDNGQS9Pc0VPd0x0T3FjdC9XRGtFZz09

H•A•L•T no matter what!

H•A•L•T when you are feeling~
Hungry
Angry
Lonely
Tired

Get those needs met ~
Nourish yourself
Settle your mind
Reach out to friends
Rest

This is an insurance policy to alleviate potential suffering in future moments.
Tip: No negotiation with Monkey Mind!

Practice is Reining in the Mind

Each day we sit on our cushions we keep awareness alive.

As Monkey Mind mutters, chatters and stews
As Inner Critic paints harsh judgements
As Gremlin bullies ourselves and others
We sit, settle and train our minds.

We rein in our minds
With wholehearted determination and curiosity.
We continue coming back to the breath.
We continue coming back to this moment.
We continue being here now.

No negotiation.

In-Joy

Monkey Mind enjoys spinning. Inner Critic enjoys duality. Gremlin enjoys bullying.

None of them are you.

What do you enjoy?