My monkey mind has been very active lately, leaving me feeling exhausted energetically. I had to admit that fear was at the core of all my anxiety. Once I got clarity, I could calm my mind and body. Then I could breathe more peacefully. My mind is my strongest opponent, but it can also be my friend. I must constantly be in tune to what my monkey mind is doing.
The drama that entangled my monkey mind was a desire to understand what was happening in my daily life, in our country and on a global scale. The fear appeared when I couldn’t be certain of what is to be. Then I remembered this quote from C. Joybell C., “The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go.” In tai chi, this would be a practice in yielding to whatever comes with softness and flexibility, yet remaining rooted like a tree in a storm. Then I can really know my true center.
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.