Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly. We all have monkey minds, Buddha said, with dozens of monkeys all clamoring for attention.

In my personal journey, I have explored many of my own emotions. Over time, I have learned about what these emotions are and I have developed skills to move through difficult emotions and come out stronger as a result.

'Mastering the Monkey Mind' describes my process and perhaps it is relatable to you as well.

This solo violin suite has six small movements. The first three movements explore monkey mind voices of gloom, self-criticism and anxiety. Within these movements, there are intermittent dialogues between these negative voices and a more encouraging voice which coaxes the monkey mind to cheer up, embrace the present and to move forward.

Ultimately, there is a transformation which occurs in the last three movements. The monkey mind reaches a state of peacefulness, playfulness and ultimately a declaration of triumphant joy.