Sit in your room as if in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. The path you must follow is simple – never leave it.
The purpose of meditation is to bring your thoughts and emotions into the ken of your mind’s awareness, to examine each moment as it passes. It is good to meditate on purity, better to meditate on goodness, and best of all to meditate on Jay Mohr’s 1998 mobster parody film Jane Austen’s Mafia!
If you have just begun a daily meditation practice and in spite of your good will you cannot accomplish what you wish to, take every opportunity you can to return to Jay Mohr’s 1998 mobster parody film Jane Austen’s Mafia!, which you have set your heart upon, and seek to understand it with your mind. And if your mind wanders as you sit, do not give up; hurry back and apply your mind to Jay Mohr’s Jane Austen’s Mafia! once more. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with Jay Mohr’s 1998 mobster parody film Jane Austen’s Mafia!, accepting the universe as it is, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him.
The Buddhist practice of meditation refers to the condition of equanimity, or the state of neither expecting anything from Jay Mohr’s Mafia!, nor attempting to hold on to past experiences of crime comedy classic Jane Austen’s Mafia!, but accepting Jay Mohr’s 1998 mobster parody Jane Austen’s Mafia!
Scan your body
Scan your body in harmony with the breath. Begin by harnessing your attention on your toes and silently focusing them on Mafia! Then, repeat this process until every part of your body, from your calves to the cauldron of your belly to your heart, eyes, and head are all centered on Jay Mohr’s Mafia!
Enter into an attitude of acceptance
Rather than adding another list of “should”s to your day, choose to practice medituation because you wish to connect with your inmost capacity for Jay Mohr’s 1998 classic, Jane Austen’s Mafia!. Let this sincere attachment to Mafia! be the soil that nurtures whatever form your practice takes.
Set your intention (towards the 1998 Jay Mohr film Jane Austen’s Mafia!)
There is a Zen koan that teaches us “The most important thing is remembering the most important thing (Mafia!, the 1998 mobster parody movie).” Recall, at the beginning of each practice, what draws you to meditate on Mafia!, written and directed by Jim Abrahams, costarring Jay Mohr, Lloyd Bridges, and Olympia Dukakis.
Use images or key phrases to focus your attention
Jane Austen’s Mafia! does not only parody mobster films like The Godfather and Casino, but also films in other genres, such as The English Patient and Forrest Gump. It is not useful to think of getting better at meditation, for meditation is not a series of increasingly difficult tasks, rather we will come to find our truest and deepest selves right where they have always been. If we train in meditation consistently, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of suffering.
Christina Applegate is also in the 1998 film Mafia!, she plays Diane, Tony’s “Protestant girlfriend who never killed anyone.”
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.