Coffee Break Meditations

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Coffee Break Meditations

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When you are stressed but only have a limited amount of time, you can chill, relax or even sleep, by listening to these calming words accompanied by original, beautiful musical compositions.

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Meditation
As defined by Webster's dictionary, meditation is the act of deep thought or to plan mentally. This description implies that meditation is a solitary act that requires the ability to focus and concentrate inward; meditation can also be called a trance. In Eastern thought or in the course of therapy, meditation is the process of focusing inward on yourself to quiet the body and the mind. In psychology we call an over-active mind, a mind that has repetitive racing thoughts; in Eastern thought, it is called a monkey brain. There are many forms of meditation to slow down the racing monkey mind. The common variant where you focus in on a mantra, which is repeating a word or words, was called Transcendental Meditation™ in the 1970’s. TM stimulated a great deal of research that documented the many benefits of meditating and started America meditating. Back then it was taught for free; today it costs thousands of dollars to learn. Mindfulness meditation, which is very popular today, focuses on the breath while allowing your thoughts to come in and out of your mind with awareness, acceptance and no judgment. This teaches you to slow down the mind, and sit with thoughts while breaking habitual negative reactions.

Guided Meditation
In guided meditation another person guides you through the meditation process, which produces a trance. Having a guide helps you learn meditation more easily and quickly. The guide keeps your motivation going through the repetitions necessary to learn to quiet the mind. Focusing in on a story or a series of concepts told to you keeps your racing monkey mind busy while furthering the effort to quiet the mind. This makes you feel more comfortable. The resulting state is a trance. Extensive research has shown that the mind and the body functions and more efficiently in this state.

Active Guided Meditation
In what I call active guided meditation, the guided meditation evolves into a more complex and personalized trance.  From my long experience with trance work I have found that it is very important that the person is stimulated to action beyond the guided meditation. I guide you into a meditative state with a myriad of methods (most common are focusing in on the breath or systematically relaxing the body) where you're able to slow your mind down, focus inward on your thoughts and feelings, relax your body, and accept individually tailored ideas to help you. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, to name just a few, and I’ve gotten to know you in a session or two, I know what to say to alleviate these conditions. These custom made suggestions will lead you to take the action needed to assist you in your life to feel and be better. When guiding you, I will create effective ideas because of my 30 years of doing trance work, my 25 years experience of being a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and over a thousand hours of post-doctoral training in psychology, meditation and hypnosis.

What is active guided meditation used for.
In the mental health area, active guide meditation is used for phobias, anxiety, sexual problems, alcoholism, smoking control, speech disorders, weight control, chronic pain, age regression therapy, self-esteem/ego strengthening, memory/concentration improvement and forensic work. In medicine, some uses would be for anesthesia and surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, control of bleeding, pain control, burn therapy, dermatology and habit control. Dentistry uses it to control fear, dental surgery, saliva control, gagging, bruxism, control of bleeding, tongue biting, and general oral hygiene.

Moreover, in clinical situations, active guided meditation becomes an extension of the existing doctor/patient relationship. Formalized, structured techniques for active guided meditation are useful, although not essential, since they give both the doctor and the patient the opportunity to realize that something different is happening. This makes it simpler to establish and utilize the clinical trance state.

What is a Coffee Break Meditation?
This album is specifically geared to give you a break from the challenges and the stress that comes to everyone from just living. Unlike the individualized and formalized 30 minute trances of psychosurgery needed for physical and mental disorders mentioned above, the tracks on this album are short and concise, ranging from four to twelve minutes. They are aimed at bringing you back down to a normal level, from the stress of a “crazy” boss, deadlines, a fight with your spouse, or just feeling too wound up. Instead of lying down on a recliner or a bed, you can listen at your desk or even a bathroom stall. No one will know your entering the “zone” in order to chill. The content guides you to appreciate not worrying about past or future concerns and to be in the moment, the power of the breath, the power of the unconscious mind and living life to the fullest.

The music is specifically written to enhance Dr. Tamalonis’ words to calm you in a slow, classically oriented, film music style. Scientifically speaking this is called entrainment, which is defined as “synchronization of an organism to an external rhythm.” Examples of entrainment are:
People driving cars on highways tend to synchronize speeds to each other.
Mothers rocking and singing a lullaby to calm their baby.
People like working out to music that is synchronized to their heart beat, and helps them to move faster.
Our words and music help you to entrain you into a wonderfully calm state, where you feel better about yourself and the situation you are in.

About Dr. Tamalonis
Dr. Albina Tamalonis has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist for over 25 years; engrossed in the study and practice of meditation from around the world. Her dissertation researched different methods of altering ones consciousness and their effect upon bodily functions and visual memory. Finding a way to get relief from stress, anxiety and life's challenges without drugs and alcohol has been a lifelong quest for Dr. Albina. These meditations are the result of all her study, and experience both personal and professional. 

Original Music Compositions
Thomas Tamalonis-Olofsson started formal music lessons at the age of nine. He later focused on the saxophone during a full two year of classes in Sweden. Thomas’ heart was never in performing but really writing music on keyboards. Thomas loved when he composed some music for a theatre group in Helsingborg, Sweden. But it wasn’t until Dr. Tamalonis’ words sang to him, that he regularly began to compose music tailored to her words and their intention.

© 2016 by Albina M Tamalonis, Psy.D.
Music by Thomas Tamalonis-Olofsson
Cover Design by Albina M Tamalonis, Psy.D