An interesting outcome of my dream was the inspiration to return to the Jesus Prayer as a personal mantra and meditation. I had been in my new job for a couple weeks and my monkey mind had gotten worse. Although I focused on deep breathing exercises during my commute and at stressful times, it did not help quiet my mind.
After the dream, I decided to give the Jesus Prayer another chance. Just a simple meditation over and over again to blank my mind of earthly concerns. Although the first day was a little awkward, by the third day I was in a Zen state of calm. I discovered that the prayer cleared my mind in ways I did not expect. Some days I still enjoy listening to the radio in my car but most days I turn off the radio, focus on the prayer, and just appreciate the moment. I have seen more beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the last month than in the previous year.