Monkey Mind (recap of last two weeks)

Do you ever have that type of day where you feel like you are doing so much, but you don’t actually accomplish anything?

Yesterday, I successfully played a game on my iPad for longer than I care to admit. Then I read my email, read a story on BBC, looked at Facebook, etc, etc. I think the only thing I really accomplished was going to get a pedicure so that my feet don’t scare away my yoga students.

I also got out of the house to go the membership party at Hot Feet Fitness. We were celebrating our first 100 members! Social interaction is always a positive way to get out of my monkey mind and stay focused on the present moment.

The monkey mind (kapicitta) is a term sometimes used by the Buddha to describe the agitated, easily distracted and incessantly moving behaviour of ordinary human consciousness (Ja.III,148; V,445). Once he observed: `Just as a monkey swinging through the trees grabs one branch and lets it go only to seize another, so too, that which is called thought, mind or consciousness arises and disappears continually both day and night'(S.II,95). – See more at: http://www.buddhisma2z.com

Last Saturday, Steve and I returned from a beautiful Caribbean cruise. I honestly didn’t take many photos or log much in my journal as I spent most of the time soaking up the sun by the pool during the day and dancing the night away in the disco. However, I did learn several things on the cruise.

  • There is an island in the Bahamas, Little San Salvador, leased by cruise ship companies that is basically just a large theme park for cruise passengers.
  • St. Marteen is the smallest island that is split and controlled by two European governments. We stopped on the Dutch side and had a wonderful lobster lunch on the beach.
  • Puerto Rico has a rainforest! I did not know that. Also, there is a fabulous horse ranch there, Carabali Rainforest Park. The horses were absolutely beautiful and well kept and the tour guides were knowledgable and entertaining. My horse, Beebee, was the slowest horse and kept intentionally slowing down and moving to the back of the pack while Steve’s horse was determined to stay in the front, so we didn’t actually see each other much on the trail.
  • Cruises are surprisingly fun. I was unsure of whether or not I would like it as I have not done a formally planned trip before, but we had a blast!
  • Yoga on a boat brings a whole new element to the balancing postures. Seriously…try standing on your head while the floor moves…

 

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This week I started a new program at Shakti, the yoga studio where I completed my 200 hour teacher training. TMP is a program for new teachers where we assist senior teachers for 16 classes and receive feedback on our teaching and on our assists on students. I am hoping this program will enhance my teaching skills so that I be a more positive influence in my student’s lives. Check out my schedule and attend my classes. I ❤️ feedback!

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