Transcendental medication

For centuries religious groups have extolled the virtues of meditation. Now the medical community has gotten onboard with the value of emptying your mind for twenty minutes a day. Unfortunately, as I get older, I tend to sleep through eighteen minutes and think of inane stuff for the other two.

“Ohm, Did I remember to take the clothes out of the dryer?”

“Ohm, why do they even make B vitamins, then stock them on the shelf next to Super B Complex? Doesn’t everyone want to get more B for their buck?”

And so it goes. Increasingly, my mind chooses to go blank in the middle of a conversation, or when I’m driving the same route that I take every day. This can make for some interesting discussions.

Daughter: My favorite is maple donuts.

Son: I wonder if they use real maple or artificial flavoring.

Daughter: Real maple is probably too expensive.

Son: I hear that artificial flavoring has been known to cause tumors in lab rats.

Daughter: That’s awful! They should do away with animal testing completely.

Me: I like maple donuts.

I have seven books on my shelf that give daily meditation subjects to give a kick start on things to ponder while I’m searching for that elusive alpha state. My alpha state is reserved for when I pass out while watching TV or working on the computer. Right now my mind is slipping into picturing fish ladders at hydroelectric dams. I challenge you to find the hidden meaning in that.

I think there’s some sort of irony in the fact that I can only seem to meditate when I’m not trying. I’m hoping that this is a common condition of aging and not zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz just happening to me.

8 thoughts on “Transcendental medication

  1. I may just start making an appointment with you instead of the freaking doctor. You explain things so much more clearly. That’s a compliment, really. I’m gonna use this post next time my son asks me what the blank stare is for. He asks that a lot.

    • I have a tendency to come to a complete stop in the middle of the road when I’m thinking hard. Fortunately, that rarely happens.

  2. Mind?


    So, my promo activities for the book are weighing me down but I forge _________




  3. I hate it when I’m in the middle of a thought, and then it’s just……………………gone……..WTF is up with that?

  4. I’ve been in the middle of a sentence and forgotten what I was saying! No, it’s not just happening to you!

  5. Well your only as old as you think ! Meditation benefits at every age . If you are having problem with remembering things then I must say you here it’s not happening to you alone , I’m too pretty forgetful .
    Are You Forgetful?
    How bad are you at remembering things?

  6. The funny thing about meditation is that you exert conscious effort if you try to force it which puts you in the opposite direction of reaching true meditation.

  7. As long as you’re the one who snatches the maple donut, let the offspring debate to their heart’s content….

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