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Did you know that over 40 million people in the United States struggle with various anxiety disorders? Stress is also a common factor for many of us as we strive to create work-life balance and deal with life stressors. As a means of countering stress and anxiety many have turned to meditation, not just any meditation practice, cannabis meditation to be exact.
With practice, meditation is a great way to give your mind and body the relief they need to function with ease, while providing you with tools to help you deal with unexpected stress or trauma. . As a cannabis yogi, my meditation practice is often associated with cannabis. For those looking to amp up their meditation practice, cannabis meditation can be a great place to start.
Whether you are an experienced 420 connoisseur or new to the world of cannabis, the advice remains the same. Once you’ve decided that incorporating cannabis into your meditation is the right decision for you, the first step is to think about that reasoning.
Why did you choose plant medicine for your meditation? What speaks to you about cannabis?
Once you have clarified the purpose of consuming cannabis, the next step is to decide what form of cannabis you will consume, whether combustion, edible, sublingually through a tincture, or products containing only CBD. Whichever way you choose to consume, you should always start slow and low. You can always add more cannabis, but it will take some time for the effects of too much cannabis to wear off.
Using a low dose option when meditating is helpful as it leads to a greater mind-body connection without feeling too high to feel the natural effects of the practice.
After selecting your mode of consumption, setting your intention with plant medicine and the practice of meditation is imperative.
What would you like to take away from this experience?
What is your intention to use plant medicine in your meditation practice?
Now that you’ve set your intention, you’re ready to start meditating with cannabis! Find yourself a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down where you can be at peace for 10 to 20 minutes. Begin the consumption process mindfully and close your eyes. Start listening to your heartbeat as it slowly begins to settle into your space.
You can use a variety of breathing techniques during your meditation to keep the mind present. Often counting the breath (5 counts into 3 counts and so on) allows the mind to focus on counting versus the difficulty of doing nothing.
Regardless of your background as a meditator, your mind will likely run away from you, thoughts will spiral, and that’s okay. The goal of meditation is to catch up by bringing it back to the present moment. Even if you only have a second of presence, that is meditation. Continuing to practice will only strengthen your mind.
Practice doesn’t make perfect when it comes to meditation, but it allows you to show yourself with grace and compassion with the intention of being in the moment. Each time I sit down to meditate, the experience is different. Maybe your body is feeling uneasy or your mind is wandering more day by day. Its good. Keep showing up in your meditation practice and your mind and body will reap the benefits.
Using cannabis in your meditation practice can provide you with a wide range of benefits, plus it’s great for self-care! Cannabis helps you connect to the present moment. It also allows the chatter in the mind to quiet down, allowing you to be present without constant thoughts running around. Depending on what I consume, cannabis has a calming effect on my mind and body, allowing things to slow down much more easily.
I have found that when I tune into my breath after consuming, I am able to experience a deeper and more meaningful connection between mind, body, and spirit Cannabis Meditation. Instead of going through the movements of meditation, I am able to dive into the present moment and feel my mind and body become one. This grounding practice leads to greater self-connection and thus increases awareness.
When you are able to connect with your mind and body on a deeper level, you can sit with your true self – learn and feel what it really means to be you. Reducing the noise and distractions of our daily lives and simply being in the present allows the true self to shine through, letting go of the spirit of ego.
Cannabis meditation is great fun too! Incorporating cannabis into your meditation practice is an added bonus that makes meditation a little more enjoyable, but also serves its purpose by providing a myriad of benefits for mind, body, and spirit.
Meditation can be a daunting task, especially when you’re just starting out. I have found that the best way to learn about meditation and create a cohesive practice is with a little help from others.
I’ve been listening to Deepak Chopra’s meditation app for the past 1.5 years which offers new sessions daily as well as an accountability tracker so you can track your progress.
Honestly, I’ve been practicing yoga for over 7 years and meditation has never been my forte. I’m happy to say that after using the Chopra app daily, I’ve come to enjoy and even meditate! While it may seem daunting and yes, even a bit boring, I promise once you get started, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get started.
Another great resource is Russell Brand’s Above The Noise podcast and meditation sessions. Each week, Russell offers a new lesson and guided meditation for listeners. Above The Noise was a refreshing change of pace from the Chopra app when looking for a different perspective. Russell also integrates various Kundalini teachings with practices inspired by the Tao Te Ching and more.
There are also countless videos on YouTube that offer free meditation footage and yoga studios always offer online resources and courses for students.
Meditation is accessible to everyone and can really help elevate your existence. Consider incorporating a little cannabis into your mediation and I promise you will feel the benefits.
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