Cory Cochiolo

February 27, 2019 in Authors

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How did you get into meditation and how has meditation impacted your life?

I found meditation back in 2003. I was very sick and on lots of medication. I needed help and a close friend took me to a group called Soul Group, it was a bunch of spiritual like minded people who got together once a week and just talked about all sorts of crazy wonderful things like Aliens and reincarnations of Jesus etc.

The meeting was held in a school called the Institute of Thought…. it was were l got my certification as a Hypnotherapist… l didn’t move on from all of life’s experiences connected to that school until 2011! That’s how l found meditation!

How does it feel when you are in a meditative state?

I believe meditation to be very personal. Everyone is different and each one of us may have different feelings or experiences during our meditation practice.

For me personally, l feel an overwhelming feeling of joy, peace, love… it feels like someone l love is holding me.

Sometimes it feels like Mother Earth holding me or a guide, angel etc, it feels like HOME!

At times it can be difficult, hard to sit, hard to focus or let go. The brain can be extremely strong willed when we aren’t in a good place, but that’s the times l know l need it the most. There is no right or wrong with meditation, do what feels good for you.

What is the top 3 most valuable life advice you can give from your life experience so far?

Wow ok, first part of my advice about life and what l have learned so far on my journey this time around is:

#1 That there is no end to life and all of its challenges and it’s beauty. We never stop learning or needing to learn. We never get that spiritual that all we see is sunshine, fairies and unicorns. We are on earth because we are here to learn through contrast, duality. There is light and dark, good and bad, l believe life is all about finding balance, learning and evolving through experiences and most of all loving, creating as much love within and around us through all that life brings.

#2 Second would be to stop picking on yourself. I think when l get to the other side, my soul and friends their will say, thank goodness you finally stopped beating yourself up about every little thing you thought you did wrong…. lighten up, my life is filled with so much more happiness than it was when l thought I wasn’t good enough…. I am good enough, l bet you are too!

#3 Last, your life is exactly what you make of it. Your happiness comes down to you and how you choose to view your external and internal experiences. See good in others, see the beauty around you, look at life and it’s challenges as opportunities to grow rather than being a victim and life will serve you well.

What is your favourite quote?

I don’t have one… most powerful statement is:

“l love you!”

I say it to myself all the time! 🙂

What is something easy and simple that we can do right now to make the world a better place?

That one is easy… smile! It feels good!

What would you say has been the biggest benefit from meditation?

For me the biggest benefit l have learned through meditation is that l am not alone.

I never will be. The connection we have as beings is undeniable. Learning that we are all one, learning that life is real yet an illusion, learning that everyone and everything l see around me is a reflection of my self, learning that we are all aspects of God, beautiful and perfectly imperfect… learning who l am and loving all of me. I have learned sooooo much just by being quiet in meditation.

What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome? How did you overcome it? And what lessons did you learn from it?

I became really sensitive during my spiritual quest. I got so l could do all these things l didn’t know l was capable of, like feeling people, reading people, all of my different psychic abilities woke up.

I didn’t know how to handle my awakenings so l found alcohol. I would drink to numb down my vibration and my senses. I wanted to switch off my mind, my feelings, the world, l ran away from myself for about 15 years.

I stopped drinking when l started to really love myself. Loving myself was a hard a rocky journey that still challenges me at times but it’s very rare these days. I quit drinking and stopped running from myself back in 2014! I just stopped. No more!

When you think about happiness, how do you define that for yourself?

Just stopping and smelling the roses. It’s not really obvious things that make me happy or that mean anything to me, I’m a bit strange l think, lol! I really love the sky, it honestly takes me to other worlds. I love the smell of Ellie’s head, my grand baby, l love to dance yet am shy about dancing in front of others, lm working on ecstatic dance not being my nemesis. I love soft skin, chocolate, making people feel good, money but l don’t need a lot, just enough to share. I smile at birds while lm driving or rabbits on the side of the road and my heart swells as if l know them, that one is weird. I just try and see things, big and small, l don’t miss a trick and l try to see good in all of it! That makes me happy!

Do you have a message for our Mindbliss Community?

“This is your journey, your discovery, don’t try and make it like mine or anyone else’s, enjoy you and all that you learn about you during meditation. Don’t compare, don’t judge, just do you and you will find joy in just sitting and being quiet 😉” ~ Love Cory