As a follow up to the idea that we can observe ourselves when become agitated like a nervous monkey, I remembered this song my oldest son sang about 10 years ago.
The key to awareness is in practiced observation of ourselves. Just by observing and watching what our bodies feel and our mind thinks gives us the space to self manage.
The goal is not to attack the “monkey mind” but to see it, learn from it and adjust accordingly.
Sometimes we feel stress and anxiety but push it back and it builds up inside our bodies so much that we get physically ill. This repression will often come out later in situations that may not warrant the extreme behaviors that we may exhibit.
Getting upset at our reactions can actually make our anxiety worse. We must learn to observe, accept and listen to our bodies. Instead of fighting the demonic monkey we must learn to love it.