How to Optimize Your Brain: Science Backs the Buddha

Quiet your monkey mind

Luella Schmidt
6 min readMar 10, 2023

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Do you suffer from a “monkey mind”? Are you often cycling through the same thoughts and emotions? The Buddha described “monkey mind” as a restless, unsettled, and easily distracted mind.

Oh look, it’s me.

It’s me, wandering around, forgetting why I went into that room. Art by Jorm Sangsorn at Shutterstock

One of the most famous references to the monkey mind is in the Sutta Nipata, where…

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