"Monkey mind" is a term often used in Buddhist writing to describe an unsettled/restless state. Anyone who has ever tried to meditate by "clearing their mind" can relate to monkey mind - thoughts jump about, sometimes with a screeching that is easily reminiscent of the sounds at the zoo.
Today, in my first day back in the office after a long stretch of travel, I was consumed by monkey mind. I had to remind myself to do one thing at a time. My thoughts jumped from work to home to plans to friends to obligations to blah, blah, blah. In the past, I would have calmed down with a cup of coffee (counterintuitive, I know). Instead, I made myself a cup of tea, and tried to lessen the chatter. I was not entirely successful. Among the jumble of thoughts -
*Hope comes home in one month. Seriously? ONE MONTH.
*I have a ton of writing ideas in my head. Need time to sit down & write.
*I have the overwhelming urge to hang tibetan prayer flags from the back deck. Is it disingenuine to by them from Amazon?
*I own exactly two pair of grey socks. 70% of my wardrobe is grey. Shouldn't I own more grey socks?
*I have a 1/2 marathon in less than a month that I am feeling woefully unprepared for.
*Are stainless mixing bowls better than plastic or glass?
*I am tired of eating in restaurants. This is the singular reason why I don't think that I could ever live in NYC.
*What is up with all the Grey's Anatomy reruns?
*Parenthood is my new Grey's Anatomy (see previous thought)
*I wish that I looked good in yellow. It's such a happy color.
*Fun news from Fiskars this week for you crafty folks.
Time for sleep!