January 22nd, 2018

So, in Buddhist meditation, one of the first phrases you come across is monkey mind. Think of what you see when you visit the monkey house—or if you’re luck enough to live in Cleveland, monkey island—and watch the frenetic action as troops bounce from branch to branch, chattering to each other in what seems like non-stop conversation. That’s your brain when you’re not focused, when you allow your mind to wander instead of wonder.

Robert Wright explains:

The default mode network, a network in the brain that is active when we’re doing nothing in particular—not talking to people, not focusing on our work or any other task, not playing a sport or reading a book or watching a movie. It is the network along which our mind wanders when it is wandering. p. 45

From Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

Meditation calms the monkey brain and allows you to stop wandering and begin wondering.


Found in my electronic chapbook.

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