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Make sure ‘monkey mind’ doesn’t drive you bananas!

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Creative folks have monkey mind. It’s just the way it is. But the secret is how to capture and harness those monkeys’ energies.

Anyone that studies with me knows every day I sit down and write for ten minutes to download what I am thinking. I learned this from The Artists Way and have practiced it now for 10 years. The simple discipline of recording  the mundane and the flashes of brilliance on paper is how I discipline a very busy mind. Odd thoughts. In between the line thoughts that lead to something interesting. Funny. Creative. Horrible. Delightful. The whole gamut.

The amazing choreographer Twyla Tharp has her own version of this. In her book, The Creativity Habit, she says she gets up every morning and goes to her studio, stomps her foot and says BEGIN. The simple act of saying BEGIN gets her creative juices started. Whether her mind is putting up a fuss or her body is protesting, she literally puts her foot down and gets started.

Another technique I use from her book, is creating a box for each project. When she is putting together a show, she put all of her ideas in one box — images, index cards,  pictures of what she is thinking, dreaming about and being inspired by.  Everything that goes into the box feeds the dance idea she is working on. And even if the images she included didn’t make sense she trusts that the sub-conscious mind is creating themes for her. Cutting and pasting and putting together in ways she doesn’t yet understand.

That even unexplained non linear thoughts feed the whole picture of an idea.
Ideas are like eyeballs. Everybody has a couple. To me it seems God opens up the heavens and I have an aha moment. But if I am not listening, the idea fades and and you can spend months trying to Braille back to the initial idea. But a practice of listening, helps circumvents that.

1) Set a ten minute practice of writing and dreaming ideas into existence. (and there will some writing that sucks big time-but it’s the practice we need to do.)

2) Get a big lovely box to contain the ideas you are trying to grow (and it will be a great way to keep what you’re doing and keep it sacred.)

Let me know how it goes. Comment here, or on my website.

Visit for details on Deborah Kimmett’s writing coaching and retreats, coming events and how to contact her to book her as a guest speaker.

“Whether you need a keynote or a workshop on change, communicating better or workplace balance, I promise to give you and your people,  a chiropractic adjustment of the brain, a laugh your butt off mani-pedi for the soul with a little ‘come on people’ just ‘say yes to life’- pep talk.”

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About the Author: Deborah Kimmett is not just a funny face. She knows a thing or two about life. Whether on the stage, or in the conference room, this witty and wise woman knows laughing matters. With her hilarious stories and interactive exercises she ignites, inspires and offers strategies for success. Side Effects: You might get your sense of humor back. Visit her at or on youtube at

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  1. virginia says:

    I’ve never heard it described as “monkey mind” before—but it fits. Thank you for helping me legitimize my fidgets short attention span! And thanks for the practical suggestions. I am trying to become a writer as a second career–

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