more than one voice

Thursday, March 8, 2012

catching the monkey

catching monkeys

In the matter of two days I heard this term used about five times, from five different sources.  It made me think, is something trying to tell me something?  

Oh, what was it that I kept on hearing – the term ‘monkey mind’.

Monkey mind is a Buddhist, term meaning unsettled, restless, inconstant, confused, indecisive and my favorite uncontrollable.  It is those thoughts that run around in your head like an ADHD child on a sugar high.  

Boy, and has my old mind been a monkey lately, jumping around, with hardly a single still thought in sight.  I have practiced meditation in the past, I’ve watched my thoughts without having an attachment to them, but somehow life has just got too busy and all that peace has evaporated.  I do hope that I can calm the monkey inside my head; it seems to be less of a nuisance when I can put a paint brush in my hand.  Oh dear, there it goes again – excuse me I need to see if I can catch it..........


  1. Ah, so that's what it's called! That monkey bugs me all the time lately. :-)

  2. I've never heard that phrase but I can relate! Hope you caught him (or her). ;)
    Catherine Denton

  3. I totally understand this......I go from periods of clarity and calm into a wild, spastic monkey, swinging from limb to limb!
    Lately, I've been better at centering, but dang!
    That monkey knows the way home too well. ;-)
    Love the art!


  4. Love the cute painting and love love the title.

  5. it’s the first time i heard it; but it’s soooo me actually... nice to be able to put words on it :)
    love your painting
    xo sandra

  6. I haven't heard this term before either....but, I know what it stands for too well! Haha! Love this painting, Clare....the birdcage is a nice touch :)

  7. OK new favorite! I love everything about this. Keep on Dreaming my are good at it.

  8. oooh she's is gorgeous, love your new colours! The rosey cheeks in a lower part of her is so cute! :)

  9. This one is beautiful Clare. I love the way you make the shadows they really add a lot. When it comes to the monkey just play with it. I can feel it too when the ideas keep coming and coming.

  10. Love the expression on your girl, she looks like she is going to start whistling any minute. I've heard of monkey mind and understand its definition but I always think it does monkeys a disservice really! :)

  11. This painting is so lovely, I hope your monkey mind slows down and you find that time for peace.

  12. Hi dear Clare - my husband was looking over my shoulder while I was reading your post and he said: "Who painted that picture? It is wonderful!"
    I have heard only of "monkey business" and with THAT you certainly have nothing to do! So hush the monkeys - hush hush... :-)

  13. Haven't heard about Monkey brain before...very funny. I went to a faith healer once and when he put his hands on my head, he jumped back and said it was total chaos in girls who were with me just burst out laughing... tells something we don't know they said... Love the painting. Wouldn't it be great if we could lock our thoughts up in a little cage... :)

  14. Lovely painting Clare, so filled with life and soul!
    I haven't heard that term but I find things like this facinating, when coicidences happen over and over it makes you wonder whether there's a greater influence sending messages to make us wake up to something. I believe that things happen for a reason and I follow my instincts when I need help in some way. Interesting stuff!
    Jess xx

  15. I adore the expression on her face! I hope you can calm your mind, but I can see why it would be racing these days. You have so much happening! I'm so happy to see photos of your new shop in an earlier post. Your art looks fabulous there, as well!

  16. SHE is wonderful to behold!!! and i have been feeling the same way...when spring is near here, i get a little crazy. OMMMM and LOVE! xo

  17. Hi Clare,
    LOVE your artwork and your blog and all the fun things you are doing.
    Your art has some inner 'love' that I love!
    Everybody "heals with love'..

  18. she is beautiful, clare!
    i've had some monkeys in my head too... hubby is taking our boys to the zoo today
    to see the monkeys!!!!!!!

    eee eee eee love,


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