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Buddhism was founded by Saddharrha Gautama He discovered soon after that the mind was the most important aspect of human existence In Gautamas believe he believed Our mind is like mercury It is also like a monkey who is struggling all the time to free himself When he is pulled back he may stay still for a little while but a moment later he will try to move away again In his beliefs he believed that man needed to pull back and control our minds frequently otherwise it will not remain still and it will wander away according to its emotions The mind will follow whatever arises in it when there is nothing to discipline and tie it down We must have mental training to stop its wandering So meditation is the tool to tie up ones mind It will cultivate mindfulness which is the foundation of the practice Concentration stills the mind and reduces impulses and emotions Its the same as tying the rope around a post and then tying the money to it It does not matter how much the monkey struggles he will have to stay within the limits of his bounds As he is tied with the rope he can only go back to the same spot again The only chance for him to stop is when he is exhausted When we fallow the movement of our mind it is like watching the monkey We do not have to become the animal we just sit and watch him Stay still do not struggle like him If we struggle like him we will turn into a monkey and will become really exhausted To practice Concentration is like looking at the monkey In the process of watching he will go round and round until the rope is so tight that he is bound up In the end he will have to stop and sit still The monkey also knows that
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