Thursday, August 23, 2012

Things that Make You Go Hmmmm: Meditating Monkeys

Meditators1 talk of "monkey mind", the distractible part of the mind that runs around all over the place getting into mischief. But do meditating monkeys also struggle with "monkey mind"? Or do they seek to calm their "person mind"? (Or perhaps their "prosimian mind"?)


1 "Meditators" — that words sounds funny to me right now. I somehow want to complexify it and say "meditationists" or something like that.


  1. Isn't repeating a word over and over and over supposed to first empty the word of meaning and then empty the mind of distraction? I tried that with 'meditators' and had exactly your reaction: I started giggling. Have I reconciled the monkey mind to the calm one?
    I have found the same thing works with saying 'belly button' over and over again.

  2. Is this the same monkey that was in Tampa causing all sorts of monkey business?