My Monkey Mind
March 2020 | Puzzled

My Monkey Mind

How right action stops his negative thinking and keeps him from swinging from the same old tree

I’ve often likened my mind to a runaway horse. If I’m not holding the reins, my mind tends to bound downhill and spiral into negativity and discontentment. Only when I take the reins in hand—calling another alcoholic, praying and meditating, reading spiritual literature, attending meetings—can I slow the gallop to a canter, calming to a trot and easing to a walk. 

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