How to quiet the monkey mind

Monkey mind is a Buddhist term that means ‘unsettled, restless and agitated’. If you have ever attended a meditation class, you have probably heard the term before. The aim of meditation is to tame the monkey so that the mind becomes quiet and peaceful. I have started my meditation practice again this month, as per my 2019 resolutions calendar. I have found once again that meditation is incredible, but can also be incredibly hard. Particularly on days when the monkey is very active, I like to calm it down a bit before attempting to meditate. These are some of the ways I suggest to quiet my monkey mind.

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To-do list and I are on a break

My favourite type of list and I are on a break. After a long and beautiful relationship, we recently decided to take some time apart. My love affair with to-do list started at a young age. As a rigidly organised person, I was drawn to the structure and focus to-do list offered me. What started as a flirty fling in my early teens – spending entire afternoons plotting my future life with to-do list - became something more serious as I grew older. To-do list gave me a sense of peace in an increasingly demanding world (welcome to adulthood, little girl!). Before I knew it to-do list and I became inseparable. I started perfecting my goal-setting routine, and on crazy hectic days, the one thing that would keep me sane would be my beloved to-do list. But lately, our relationship hasn’t been that great. To-do list has been smothering me a bit and I felt like I needed some space. Today I am sharing why to-do list and I are on a break and why you too could benefit from a break with your to-do list.

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5 destinations in nature I would love to visit

Last year I discovered my love for nature. Almost by accident. My ideal travel destination used to be a big city with crowded hostels. I wanted to be surprised by the stories of strangers and perhaps delighted by a bite of food that was unfamiliar. Over the years, I have travelled to many bustling destinations. Often alone, but always in search of company. But last year something changed. I had booked a few days in a hotel in the Atlas Mountains (mainly because the hotel looked very nice). And it was in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains that I found a space for quiet contemplation that is unreachable for me in its urban counterparts. Now I want more of these encounters. More nature. More solitude. More beauty. So today I am sharing five destinations I would love to visit in nature.

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