Cannabis and Meditation
Connecting Body and Mind
become aware of your deepest, most divine light within.
Meditation is nothing new, in fact, meditation actually dates back to 1st century BCE and is part of many cultures and religions. The goal of meditation is to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature—which is described as peace, happiness, and bliss. But as anyone who has tried to meditate knows, the mind itself is the biggest obstacle standing between ourselves and this awareness. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.
The art of stillness
Learning the art of stillness is the base method of meditation. The process of cultivating stillness begins with the body. In the yoga tradition, you are guided by an instructor to keep your head, neck, and trunk straight while sitting in a meditative posture (asana). When you have learned to be comfortable in this posture, you should form a regular habit of practicing in the same posture at the same time and at the same place every day.
Meditation is all about maintaining mindfulness. You can begin by becoming aware of your breath. If a thought floats into your mind, notice it, be open to it—and allow it to pass. Then you can come back to the inhales and exhales of your steady breath. The normal response is to react to all your thoughts, and this keeps you annoyingly busy in a sea of confusion. Meditation teaches you to be aware of what is taking place within your mind without reacting, and this makes all the difference. It brings you freedom from the mind and its meandering. In this freedom, you begin to experience who you are, distinct from your mental anguish. You experience inner joy and contentment, you experience relief and inner relaxation, and you find solace from the chaos of life.
integrating cannabis into your meditation sessions
Meditation is best when practiced after yoga movement. When the body is properly stretched and warmed, the the pumping blood flushes the cells with fresh life-giving oxygen. To begin, take a puff; we recommend an indica or indica dominant hybrid for meditation which will begin to calm the mind and body to prepare to go inward. Once you’ve elevated your mind, you can begin to settle into a comfortable seated position and close down your eyes. The above mentioned practice of following the breath is a great starting point. If you prefer however, we do have a free guided meditation in our boutique. Start with 5 minutes of silence and once you feel comfortable, you can gradually extend your sessions.
Make it a ritual
My favorite time to meditate is in the morning after yoga. I usually have a cup of coffee or tea to go with my joint after practice. It’s chilly now that winter has come to Denver, so long socks and my favorite floor pillow and blanket are essential. Crystals and palo santo help to cleanse the energy and ground me into the moment. Once settled, I begin the inward journey of silence and stillness. I like the Insight Timer app because I can simply set a timer for myself and completely zen out. When the timer is up, there’s a soft bell or chime to gently bring you back to your body. To close my meditation practice, I generally puff the rest of my ganja to seal the deal. Journaling is great after meditation and helps me to bring the esoteric teachings I gathered into cohesive understanding. I like to light the palo santo again to clear the air which also prepares me to conquer the rest of my day.
Now I ask you, Do you meditate? What are your rituals like when it comes to ganja meditation? Do you practice yoga/exercise before or after meditating? Let us know in the comments below!