Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Meditative State of Mind

Lets Talk About It - From NYC w/Dana J.

In embracing my meditative state of mind I was able to find new heights with everything in my life. Though the road was bumpy at first, it seems meditation is a natural remedy for many ailments in our life. We don’t always need a cigarette, a drink, or a pill. There is nothing to be gained there but a temporary fix, which most of us look for in today’s society. It wasn’t until two years ago I found that out myself. It was definitely mind boggling considering how I was brought up where you only go to the doctor if your head is hanging off. I was thrilled to find a way to naturally fix certain situations without just dealing with the pain and challenges of them. Working out helps, but meditation takes your mind to place of belief and faith.
When I was first introduced to meditation, much like yoga, I laughed. I had no clue what it entailed or was about…at all. All I could picture was sitting on a cloud or when a person in a movie went to a different plane of reality. I just chalked it up to people being a bit crazy with all these new things they were trying to introduce me too. It did make me wonder if that is why they were so calm and at ease all the time and I was like a child running around a toy store knocking things over or running into displays. Well, I still do those things; however, I did try it a couple years ago and now my friends all believe I owe them an apology. Obviously they are stating this in a sarcastic tone because that is not going to happen…ever.
So as I got prepared to do my first meditation I wasn’t sure if I should sit down or lay down. It says get comfortable, so I did lie down. Little did I know I would fall asleep between the sounds playing, closing my eyes and clearing my mind, and relaxing. When I do that, I am getting ready for bed. Naturally, when the mediation ended so did I. I woke up the next day. So the first venture did not go as planned. The second day went a bit better. This time I sat in the upright position a bit more. I was half sitting and half lying down. I also figured I would try not doing it in the evening, so I closed my eyes and listened to the music while clearing my mind. That part did not go so well. When I closed my eyes and began to meditate I also began to make a grocery list, I thought about work, I thought about what to cook for dinner, and proceeded to think about anything and everything I could possibly think about except clearing my mind. My mind doesn’t work that way, because I am Italian from New York. Some will understand that statement and others will not.
When I did finally somewhat clear my mind, my dog started barking like a maniac. So far this meditation thing was a complete disaster. Not to mention it sounded like the Vikings came back to town in my house. Unless I was inventing a new type of meditation called animal house, I don’t thinking yelling for everybody to shut their mouths during meditation is the best way to go. On the third try I had found success. I was calm, relaxed, no noise, and I felt such a release. Now I was able to understand what everybody was talking about. I opened my eyes and smiled with great happiness. It was somewhat like being drunk minus the passing out and talking out of your ass.
Although I was disappointed about not floating on a cloud while playing a harp or traveling to another realm oblivious to the world around me, this was amazing. Technically, I could go where I choose to go in my mind for fifteen minutes. If I go more than that, I might float alright…right into my pillow for a nap. I will admit during the mantras I end up forgetting what the hell I am supposed to be saying somewhere during my meditation. By the time I find it the meditation is over. I usually just end up making up my own words. Seems to still work the same.
I began to practice meditation every day and it got more interesting as time went on. I felt like I was becoming much more patient, less angry, and more of a go with the flow type of person. I didn’t let things bother me so much. It was like a spiritual sedative without the pills. Free therapy! Who couldn’t use that? In my case I would say this is not good to practrice when on the subway or bus because you might get groped or miss your stop, but I do meditation all over the place when I can. Living in New York you have to otherwise you might end up going all Jackie Chan.
I am quite enjoying my meditative state of mind, and I highly suggest making it a habit whether you feel you have everything under control or not. You will soon realize you might not be as put together as you think when you begin to self-reflect in such a way. None of us are completely put together perfectly, which is why I believe meditation and other natural tools and techniques exist. I am like a lotus flower. Not really…let’s not get too carried away.
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D xo
Dana Jacoviello is a writer, blogger, vlogger, psychology student, student affiliate of APA and NYSPA, works in cyber-bullying investigations for BKO, and participated in a 30 Day Challenge as an expert in healing and recovery in personal growth/emotional well-being for the OM Times and is a reporter/writer for the OM Times. Dana is also a motivational mentor and coach, with a strong interest in networking and social media, healing, recovery, yoga and meditation. Please join Dana on her latest anti- bullying campaign/project www.bullieskeepout.com
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