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Chillout Retreat at Brooklands Barn, West Sussex
Brooklands Barn
Posted by Tamsin Wressell on 6 January 2015
“Remember to keep your monkey tame. Cut away those thoughts, those branches that he’s swinging on,” Mel softly instructed.

On a heated floor, amid flickering scented candles, Mel was teaching me (and 15 others) how to practise metta meditation, with a focus on sending loving thoughts to yourself and others. We’d been taught the previous night about ‘Monkey Mind’, a Buddhist term describing the mind as unsettled, like a drunken monkey jumping around and hopping between thoughts when left untamed. Throughout the class, we tried to train the monkey, concentrating only on our breath.

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