Meet Meditation Jason
My journey towards a happier and more peaceful lifestyle began 6 years ago when I was juggling the demands of a young marriage, a newborn child, a graduate school program, and a high-pressure career. My ability to manage the day-to-day was constantly being challenged. Like most people, I agonized about what happened in the past and tried to influence what would happen in the future, regardless of whether it was in my control. I was stressed, overwhelmed and knew there had to be a better, more meaningful way to live my life.
I’d spent the majority of my professional career in medical device sales, selling diagnostic testing equipment to doctors’ offices and hospitals. I earned a great living and was very good at my job, Like in many other industries, medical device companies began to experience consolidation through mergers and acquisitions. As a result, I felt like I needed to differentiate myself to stay competitive amongst the other great salespeople I worked with, and so I decided to enroll in a Masters program that specialized in business. One week prior to the start of the program, my daughter Lexie was born, adding much joy, but also complexity to my life. It quickly became challenging to be a new dad, an emotional available husband to my wife of 4 years, as well as a top performer at my job. The graduate studies tested me like never before and I began making sacrifices in many areas of my life so that I could get through it.
Upon completing and earning a Masters Degree, I was in a daze. I felt like I was spinning out of control, very emotional, reactive, and in some ways destructive. I sought out some professional help because I had spent over 10 years taking medication to manage my symptoms of anxiety and depression. One day, after a very short meeting with the Chief of Psychology at a local hospital, I was told to take more medications. The same night, after filling my new prescription I felt like something wasn’t right. I thought, how could someone talk to me for 40 minutes and determine I needed more medication? And so, I stopped taking all the medication that I has been prescribed immediately. This was very dangerous and I suffered greatly for many weeks, experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. While at one of the lowest points of my life, my wife left our marriage, I was fired from my high-paying medical device sales job and my neighbor sued me for verbal harassment after an altercation. Life around me seemed to come crashing down.
Exercise was always a healthy outlet for me. I found yoga to be especially therapeutic both physically and mentally. Knowing I needed to slow down and become more focused and present in my life, I decided to take a yoga class with one of my favorite teachers in Philly. As luck would have it, she was out sick and a substitute filled in. At the end of the class, the teacher guided us through 15 minute of meditation. Immediately, I was hooked. The feeling of peace and stillness that I was able to experience in just those few minutes was what I had been searching for. I knew I needed to add meditation to my life, but the thing was, I didn’t know where to start. So, I decided to sit quietly for a few minutes each day and trusted that I would ultimately figure out "how to meditate." I practiced everyday for over 230 consecutive days and it set my journey in motion.
I soon began to see a noticeable shifts in my life. Although at times the changes weren’t always pleasant, meditation gave me the tools to move through these situations with a bit more ease. I enrolled in guided meditation classes and began to explore many different breathing exercises and other techniques to effectively deal with the difficult situations and stress in my life. I soon became certified in teaching both meditation and yoga (asana) and dedicated myself to learning all that I could about these transformative practices. With my newly developed skillset, I noticed that my attitude, my outlook and my experiences all began to change too. I started to invite joy and happiness back into my life and I felt less stressed and more relaxed. As a result, I became a more mindful dad and more present with the people who mattered most in my life. I also no longer needed to rely on medication to keep my emotions under control and to feel good.
Meditation has given me the foundation to transform my life by helping to create the space I needed to grow into my authentic self. It taught me how to pause and become patient while feeling content with where I was in my life. It guided me inwards to explore the past emotional traumas, helping me to forgive and let go of things that didn’t serve purpose in my life like fear, guilt and anger. It allowed me to become conscious with my thoughts, words and actions and I began to gain clarity on the things that I wanted to bring into my life. I realized my purpose and passion for helping others to discover who they are and to guide them into the same state of happiness and peace.
In 2015, I left my career and the life I had known behind in pursuit of something more fulfilling. After trying my hands at a technology start-up, I was fortunate enough to have opened the first guided meditation studio in the area called, Sit Meditation Space. During the two years in business, I had the honor of watching a community come together over the common goal of slowing down, becoming more connecting with others and learning tools to be more mindful in their lives. Working with over 2000 people of all ages made me realize that we are all experiencing some level of trauma and/or transition in our lives. We all experience the cycle of suffering and we all just want to be happy. As I began to see many of students shift or transform their own lives through the practice of meditation, I was inspired to create my coaching business, where I teach people of all ages how to meditate and use the principles of this practice to change their lives too.
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