Sunday, April 21, 2019

Monkey HEART worse than Monkey Mind

Jeff Brown, excerpt, Grounded Spirituality; Ellie Askew, Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
I'm going to throw myself into my work to not feel my feelings. What could go wrong?

A tame heart is a wonderful thing!
The primary cause of our unhappiness is not our thoughts. The monkey mind is not the source of our anxiety. It’s a symptom of it. Forget the monkey mind.

The mind is not the problem; unhealed pain is. Men have been blaming the mind for their neuroses for centuries, while deftly avoiding that which sources its maladies -- somatic constrictions and unprocessed emotions stored in the body itself.

Grounded Spirituality
It’s like losing your keys somewhere in the house and looking for them in the car. Useless, useless, useless.

Until we stop blaming the mind and recognize that its anxieties stem from the unresolved emotional body -- there will be no liberation.

Shifting out of unhappiness is not a cerebral process. That’s just another ineffective band-aid. It [shifting out of unhappiness] is a visceral full-body experience.
It’s the “monkey heart” that’s the issue -- the state of inner turbulence and agitation that emanates from an unclear heart.

Be like us, guys. See, speak, hear...
The more repressed the emotional body, the more repetitive our thoughts.

Flooded with unhealed emotions and unexpressed truths, the monkey heart jumps from tree-top to tree-top, emoting without grounding, dancing in its confusion.

Often misinterpreted as a monkey mind, the monkey heart is reflected in repetitive thinking, perpetual anxiety, and negative imaginings.

To calm and clarify your mind, you have to heal your heart.

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