Taming the Drunken Monkey: The Path to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Increased Concentration

Taming the Drunken Monkey: The Path to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Increased Concentration

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by William L. Mikulas
     
 

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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,

Overview

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.

Praise:
“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  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738740492
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
06/08/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
863,449
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

William L. Mikulas, PhD (Pensacola, Florida) is the author of numerous books and articles on interfacing Western psychology and Eastern wisdom and health traditions. He has been a college professor for 40 years, during which he earned many awards for teaching, research, and service, and became Professor Emeritus in 2009. Mikulas has also done lectures, interviews, and workshops around the world on Buddhist and Western psychology.

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BookLover1308 More than 1 year ago
Taming the Drunken Monkey: The Path to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Increased Concentration by William L. Mikulas Ph.D. is a journey to tame our wandering minds. This book takes us through five levels, the Novice, the Student, warrior, Adept, and Master. All the levels cover the main areas of breath work, awareness, concentration, attitude, and flexibility. There is also a section at the end of each level with games for our mind entitled, “Mental Play”. We are shown that our mind can be at different levels for different things for instance we could be at level one for attitude and level three for concentration. I enjoyed the activities in this book and found the resources at the end to be helpful. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to tame the drunken monkey of their mind with mindfulness, meditation, and increased concentration. I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Llewellyn Worldwide in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of the book.