How To Catch A Monkey

by Marcus on November 3, 2011

To catch your monkey, you will need the following equipment:

  • Something very tasty for the monkey, like some nuts.
  • A heavy container with a long narrow neck.

The method is very simple and looks like this:

  1. Put the nuts in the bottom of the container.
  2. Put the container on the floor. Optional: use a chain to connect the container to something solid, like a rock or a tree.
  3. Come back tomorrow and collect your monkey.

How it works:

The hole in the heavy container needs to be wide enough for the monkey to put its hand in, but not wide enough to extract it’s closed hand.

Because the monkey will not let go of the nuts it cannot escape the trap.

I first came across the monkey trap in Robert Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance‘.

Many of us get caught in a similar trap. When we won’t let go of our problems, or our negative emotions we can end up as trapped as the monkey in our scenario above.

All we have to do is ‘let go’ and we are free. Qigong is powerful tool for letting go.

Every time we have Qigong Energy flow we are practicing ‘letting go’ and the more we practice the better we get at it.

Enjoy your practice.

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