Stop, Meditate And Listen


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I’ve been trying to be a more mindful person in the hopes that meditation might help me deal with any difficulties that might arise. My friend Tamar has been taking meditation classes and I wanted to attend with her but they were morning classes that just didn’t fit into my schedule. She let me know that she going to check out a guided meditation class last night and my night was free so I went … and really enjoyed it. We went to the class together then grabbed some dinner afterward. It was a hugely peaceful and enjoyable night.

For those of you unfamiliar with meditation, it’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes a lot of focus to be still and not think about anything. Our brains are always working, always trying to think about this and that, sometimes all at the same time … it can be exhausting. Taking the time to reboot yourself, to clear your mind long enough to give it a rest can be really helpful. While I enjoyed the class last night, I’m far from good at meditation. Having a guided leader help along the way made the experience fruitful for me. I think I’m gonna go back next Monday as well. With all the daily garbage that runs thru my head on a daily basis, it would be really nice to learn how to clear it all away for a bit and focus on the now. After our class, we grabbed some dinner and shared a really nice conversation. Tam is truly one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known. I always have a good time when I get to hang out with her.

Tonight, I’m meeting up with a group of friends for dinner so that should be fun. It’s a bit rainy and dreary outside so I’ll likely stay in for most of the day. Thankfully I have a great new couch to melt into :D

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  • Steph

    Hey Trent. You may look into Mindfulness Mediation. It is technically a form of psychotherapy but it has been steadily gaining mainstream popularity. The point of Mindfulness is not to clear your mind necessarily but to focus it. You can have thoughts come into your mind, acknowledge them, and then push them away. As my prof described it, when you have many thoughts going through your mind all day, its all of these loose ends floating around which decreases our productivity by taking away our focus from the task at hand. Mindfulness helps tie up these loose ends allowing you to be in the moment and in not have thoughts distract you.

    Good luck with it and good for you for getting into this and practicing some self care :)

  • nicole

    “Stop, Meditate And Listen”

    • nicole

      what the…where did the rest of my comment go? lol. it was suppose to say that i read “Stop, Meditate And Listen” in a vanilla ice voice

    • @nicole — “i read ‘Stop, Meditate And Listen’ in a vanilla ice voice”

      Hahaha … as intended :D

  • Brianna

    The “Simply Being” apps for iPods, iPhones are decent and free.
    They are basically what got me through the tail-end of my stressful, high risk pregnancy. At first, I felt kinda ridiculous, but it got to a point where I could just hear that woman’s voice and feel better.

  • alicia

    i did my senior project to get my masters on guided mediation for teenage girls with anxiety i loved it

  • Dezden

    I love guided meditation. I’ve never gone to an actual class, but I’ve listened to them online and on my iPod and did some at school… very cool.

  • Ashley

    Trent have you ever considered trying yoga? I have found it to be a nice compliment to my running. It can be surprisingly therapeutic, especially throughout trying times. You should give it a shot.
    Also, I love reading about all your toys/Disneyland trips/pop culture hobbies. While you are obviously a mature and successful adult, you also seem to have a childlike charisma for the simple things in life – which is a very special thing that most of us lose throughout the course of adult hood. Don’t ever lose that beautiful sense of wonder!

  • NoVARachel

    I love meditation! I got into it after a breakup as well. Keep it up! I also got into trapeze (after another breakup), which was also very helpful. It’s a bit like meditation in that you’re mind is completely focused on what you are doing in that moment. You kind of just shut your brain off and do exactly what the instructors tell you to do. After a breakup it was nice to have two full hours of thinking about something OTHER than the breakup. The place I take class has a place in LA. Check it out if you haven’t already:
    I once took a class at the Buddhist meditation center I go to (the speaker had written a book, The Wisdom of Heartbreak – check that out too – it really helped me!), and the lady said that after a breakup or any type of heartache, you are open to the whole world. You are so raw and in pain that you are more open than you are at any other time. I found that to be very true and I feel like the breakups I have experienced have been the biggest blessings in disguise and I often refer to them as the best things that have ever happened to me. I was open to trying new things, making new friends, and traveling to new places, all of which have stuck with me and made me the person I am today. I think it’s been that way for you as well and you will look back on this time more fondly than you think you will. Hang in there Trent!

  • LaurenL

    Great idea, and good for you taking the necessary steps to expand your world. It’s all about being present, baby. Be here now :)

  • BriK

    Running got me through an awful time in my life (break-up and general “WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE! feelings”) – it also got me a super hot bod. I’m getting married this spring :)