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Vipassana Reflection #1 – Mind is a drunken monkey

When you do Vipassana, you realize your mind is a monkey when you first starting meditating and try to focus. Very soon, you figure that you are not the master of your mind or sub-conscious. This monkey mind, one that cannot focus and one that jumps from thought to thought is running your body. Once you feed a particular thought, it goes deeper into imaginations on either the past or the future. It is very very fickle.

The mind does not want to live in the present. It wants to derive pleasure or remember the pain from the past or project fear and hope into the future. Unfortunately, the past has passed and future is the child of your present. If you have no control your current thoughts (father of your future child), you are left with a hazy and sad future. This is because, in a moment, the future will become the present and the monkey will lead you off the present–pendulating you between the past and the future. Never still. Never being. Never in the now.

You wonder how each of us, with our fickle minds are able to live everyday given how senselessly, carelessly and insanely our mind handles and organizes thought.

Do you truly live in matter or just live in the fake shadows of your monkey mind? Is this world insane? Do we live in the world that is run by insanity of the minds?

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