Meditation Distraction – Anything But Zen

***Originally posted on

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Meditation is a beautiful way to rediscover the zen within for a great many people (and sometimes, that group includes me, too). I listen to soft music as soothing wisdom reminds me to find the stillness within. To let the noise float away as I recenter myself. I seek to allow the calm to quiet my thoughts as the divine inspiration reveals my purpose. And at times, that is precisely what happens.

But at other times… not so much.

My mind spirals out of control via a tangled web of critical questions like…

Why do people often say, “Can I just ask you a question?”

Well, you just did. Furthermore you didn’t even give me a chance to decide my thoughts on the whole question matter before you went there. I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed with the violation of the premise or the mathematical inaccuracy of the initial inquiry. However I do know that is definitely is not worthy of violating my mental meditation space.

I also sometimes get caught up on other important issues like the confusing wording in the song ‘Bust a Move” by Young MC. It’s an oldie but a serious goodie. With that said, I have struggled for years with these lyrics:

“…Your best friend Harry has a brother Larry.
In five days from now he’s gonna marry.
He’s hopin’ you can make it there if you can
Cause in the ceremony you’ll be the best man…”

Why in the world are you the best man at Larry’s wedding? Shouldn’t Harry be the best man given that he is Larry’s brother? It’s probably just a wording issue, but what if Harry also misunderstands and suddenly the wedding is left best-manless or, even worse, with a battle of the best men??? Weddings are stressful enough. The last thing you need is a best man brawl! Hopefully the hot bridesmaid will be enough of a distraction to keep the ceremony on track, but I still feel like the less Young than he once was MC should think about the situation he could be causing with this linguistic complication.

Yes folks. Clearly these are mental cogitations of an intellectual giant.

Seriously. Why does this crapfest of irrelevant contemplations bust a move straight into my noggin at the most ridiculous of times or when I am trying my hardest to be chill? ***Please note that I do recognize that the words “trying my hardest” and “to be chill” ideally should never be paired together and thus give a significant hint regarding the real issue at hand.

Alas some days are just this way. Erratic thinking, distractions galore, endless diversions from the task at hand, and an overall feeling of being out of focus. And given that the last couple of days have been rife with those moments, you are now getting this post, my not-so-subtle effort to weed out some of the noise in my mind. Hopefully I will find myself a little more on track come tomorrow, but be warned. If the next post begins with something pertaining to sporks (the cutlery bane of my existence), you can feel certain that this attempt at written therapy was less than effective.

Fingers and toes, knives and forks crossed for calmer days to come.

Hugs to all.  Jo

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad
    Aug 07, 2018 @ 07:53:28

    During the meditation section in my yoga class, I often see a yellow background with swishes of dark purple clouds crossing over the yellow. I was told those are my instinct and ego passing around. In other words, I’m not always so still and centered when I meditate either. When I meditate, sometimes I focus on an imaginary place I’d love to be. I can stay there for a while in my mind. 🙂


  2. Kendra Lee
    Aug 07, 2018 @ 11:20:25

    During meditation, I will find myself finishing an argument from the past. Thinking of the things I should have said & done. Getting peeved at the other person all over again. Decidedly NOT zen. But maybe it’s a sign of the dissolution of surface issues and a genuine effort on the part of my psyche to get down to the business of delving into my subconscious. OR, I just really wish I had wittier comebacks during arguments.


    • Jo Price
      Aug 07, 2018 @ 22:58:11

      Lol that is hysterical – all of it! I take solace in your words because I find myself thinking “Well thank God it’s not just me!!!” But then again, I also believe that even the noise has a purpose. We are working through whatever is going on in our wacky noggins even when it is something seemingly irrelevant like “sporks stink” or “ooo I should have said THAT instead!” I’m not sure why the universe has set me on this fierce anti-spork path, so it seems like you have the more normal end of the deal. Regardless you make me laugh and of course that further solidifies you as a rockstar and bad ass in my book. 😉


  3. Playamart - Zeebra Designs
    Aug 07, 2018 @ 19:23:58

    who wouldn’t adore that butterfly-clad gal?!!!!! great image and great post!


  4. functionalrustic
    Aug 07, 2018 @ 20:38:02

    I love this. Mostly I love that you write is the way I speak. Ha. You put the punctuation in all the places that I naturally would pause.

    Just last night my husband was remarking about how difficult it would be to add punctuation to my speech patterns. And the way you pointed out your creative use of the phrases “tryin my hardest” and “to be chill” was perfect. Completely unnecessary, you don’t need to justify anything – but it is exactly where my brain would go too.

    You are my kind of sassy and I’m glad I found your blog. May you find the peace you seek.


    • Jo Price
      Aug 07, 2018 @ 21:48:28

      Did you also adore they way that I’m such a dork that I accidentally typed Mediation in the title instead of the intended word Meditation??? Argh! So embarrassing but oh well. I love your sweet comments. Ironically I’m a grammar maniac but those rules get totally chucked whenever I write. No clue why this is the case! I love that you get the intention in it. You. Are. AWESOME! ;). Big fat hugs for the lovely comments. Really. That made me smile, and that’s pretty fabulous stuff. Thank you for that lovebug. Always nice to meet a new blogging friend. 🙂 Jo


  5. Inside The Rainbow
    Aug 08, 2018 @ 01:31:59

    I get really distracted these days which makes relaxation and meditation very difficult – frustrating even. Oh for the days when a pint of beer could knock me out. 😉 X


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