In today's busy world, the mind can often behave like a drunken monkey—stressed, scattered, and out of control. Instead of falling victim to frustration and anxiety, learn to be calm, focused, and free of unwanted thoughts with this easy-to-use guide to mindfulness.Read more...
In today's busy world, the mind can often behave like a drunken monkey—stressed, scattered, and out of control. Instead of falling victim to frustration and anxiety, learn to be calm, focused, and free of unwanted thoughts with this easy-to-use guide to mindfulness.
Drawing from Western and Eastern psychology, health systems, and wisdom traditions, Taming the Drunken Monkey provides comprehensive instruction for developing and improving three basic behaviors of the mind: concentration, awareness, and flexibility. Discover the power of breathwork exercises based on yogic pranayama, Chinese medicine, and Western respiratory science. Apply meditation and other mindfulness practices to your life for newfound focus, creativity, body awareness, and spiritual awakening. As you progress from novice to master, you'll effectively enhance the health of your mind, body, and spirit.
“A wonderful addition to our understanding of the mind and the unfolding journey of discovery.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
“In fluid and engaging prose, William Mikulas has written a book that provides a wise and delightful guide to living a mindful life . . . a helpful, systematic and very practical guide that presents numerous insights and exercises for personal transformation.”—Nirbhay N. Singh, editor of Mindfulness journal
“This book is brimming with wise and compassionate council for everyone from beginner to advanced practitioner . . . Whether you are interested in quieting your mind, increasing awareness, reducing attachments or opening the heart, you will find just what you need as you continue on your path towards awakening.”—Michael Brant DeMaria, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Ever Flowing On
“This is, undoubtedly, one of the best mind training manuals that has ever been written . . . It is a must read book.”—Sompoch Iamsupasit, PhD, professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok
“For everybody who wants to be aware and mindful, attentive and concentrated . . . Bill Mikulas' book is wholeheartedly recommended.”—G.T. Maurits Kwee, PhD, founder of the Institute for Relational Buddhism & Karma Transformation
- ISBN-13: 9780738734699
- ISBN-10: 0738734691
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 267
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Meditation practitioner and professor Mikulas presents a user-friendly program to help readers control their thoughts rather than having their thoughts control them. “In Buddhist psychology or yogic sciences,” Mikulas explains, “the mind is often described as a wild or drunken money.” This monkey metaphorically jumps from limb to limb (or constantly races from thought to thought). When the monkey is “tamed” via concentration, awareness, meditation, and breath work, the mind becomes calm, stress is decreased, and the practitioner is able to stay present. In separate chapters, the book presents five levels: Novice, Student, Warrior, Adept, and Master. In each, the authors guide readers through methods to develop and fine-tune mental skills according to their capabilities; each level (with its own “skills, challenges and discoveries”) is a prerequisite for the next in the process of transforming the mind from master to servant. Mikulas encourages readers to approach the journey with “playful curiosity,” kindness, and patience, moving at his or her own rate. Though it may take readers time (perhaps even years) to perfect the steps in this compact book, the rewards of a calm mind will no doubt be worth the effort. (June)