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Calming the ‘Monkey Rattled Mind’


“Our inner life often looks like a banana tree full of jumping monkeys! But when we decide


not to run away and stay focused, the monkeys may gradually go


away because of lack of attention, and the soft gentle voice calling us may gradually make itself heard.” Thomas Aquinas


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tudies are regularly being done on the mind-body con- nection, so today we will


consider: 1. How dissimilar are frantic and rambling thoughts to out of con- trol apes, bouncing in a tree?


2. Although we can’t stop thoughts from coming, what hap- pens when we have a keen awareness of our thoughts?


3. Through mental training tech- niques, we can learn to overcome deep seated mental blocks and transform our mental view of them and our life. Learning to inconspicuously observe our thinking (quiet and/or ram- bling thoughts) allows us to discover how to use our mind to our benefit, change our physiological state, and even im-


prove our acceptance of ‘the moment’ or event.


In the July-August 2012 edition of Splash Magazine, there was an article called "Staying Calm Pre-Race". The author


noted that sadly, far too many swimmers lose races even before they get up on the blocks because they allow themselves to get hi- jacked by runaway nerves. Good sense tells us that if that can hap- pen to swimmers pre-race, then it can happen to any athlete pre- competition, to a public speaker pre-presentation, or to anyone. Let’s look at how unmanaged thoughts can harmfully affect one’s physiological-emotional state. Take a look below to discover what happens if an individual does not know how to control the above- mentioned state: • Out-of-control nerves interrupt mental focus > blood flow nar- rowing > muscles tighten causing restricted movements and, > ones natural flow is greatly diminished. • Regardless if it’s a public speak- er or an athlete, the individual rapidly begins focusing on what he/she CAN’T do > and the “Don’t” conversation begins. Focus is now lost!


Let’s look at what happens to a person


who is not even aware of his/her thinking and how uncontrolled thinking can affect a hundredth of a second in a competitive meet:


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