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Friday, April 6, 2018


A friend commented on my "monkey mind" when I split our conversation into maybe a fifth or tenth tangent without completing a point about any of the subjects.  "Say what, huh?"  He quietly explained how our minds can behave like monkeys: aggressive, fearful, scattered...  At the time, his patient voice soothed and comforted my monkey brain, but the conversation stayed with me ever since.

Google "monkey mind" and you'll find lots of articles on the topic.  Here's one by Forbes.  In it, the author suggests the following 8 ways to quiet your mind:

          Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
          Color, count, recite, run
          Talk to someone or write
          Practice acceptance
          Help others
          Reword the rhetoric

Obviously, my first pick is "color"!  Though to be honest, on a good day I use most of these techniques.  On a bad day, well, probably none of them.  I certainly don't want to present myself as holier than thou about such things.  I'm a work in progress.  This painting is the latest in my art therapy efforts where I explore my past jobs and try to soothe my monkey mind from yelling "Die, die, die!" to people in my past.

This painting made me think about the job in different ways.  I did a lot of good work there, and I wanted to show my portfolio on the canvas -- but that wasn't the point.  It was more important to remember how many variations of stripes, dots, hollies, snowflakes, and hearts I created.  Also, the fights with China through online translation services, the complex math and technical drawings my coworkers refused to do, the number of Advils I swallowed for migraines.

 And for all of that, working my way through the painting lets me find gratitude.  I'm a far better artist for having working there.  It's just been hard for me to feel thankful when the people were so awful.  Painting lets me slow down and quiet my monkey mind enough to feel that gratitude.  It also helped me discover aspects of working that matter to me.

Actual comic by Bill Watterson which I hung in my office at that job.
I love Calvin and Hobbes!

Onto the next adventure, being the job before that, which had even more awful people.  To give you a clue, my first step for that painting was to look up prison records of a couple of them.  You can't say my life hasn't been colorful!  But it's like the reindeer jumping off the canvas, the point is to leave these people behind and to find happiness in the experiences.


  1. Hey monkey minds are good! I know mine is a jumble of them. Beautiful work, love how you get all the different elements working.

  2. Thanks! Sometimes it feels like a Rubik's cube to get everything to go together :)

  3. Love that thought...of working in art related to an unpleasant episode to winnow the good from it.

  4. I can't say it's an original idea, but I'm putting my own twist on it. I'd be interested to see what you and others would do with it.

  5. It's great that you are able to try to put those techniques into practice Linda and colour is a fab place to start! I think mindfulness is also a great way to still our racing thoughts XXX

  6. I did it. I googled "monkey mind". I don't think I'd ever heard the term, but I know the feeling! Glad your art therapy is helping you tame your monkey. How big are these paintings?

  7. I think that if you can learn something from even bad experiences that's really when you learn. And don't we all have a monkey brain to fight, at least from time to time. By the way I love the Calvin and Hobbes stripe.