The Art Of Enlightenment: How To Meditate Using Cannabis
Summer officially has come to an end, and for some people, such news can be depressing. It is time to focus on what is coming — and prepare to tackle fall and winter. There is nothing more efficient than meditation to help it and adding cannabis to it may contribute significantly to your mental well-being.
Overthinking is a bad habit. People get caught up quickly in a cycle of negative thinking, which increases levels of stress and anxiety. All these can negatively impact mental and physical health and even lead to depression.The best way to decrease those feelings is by stopping unwanted thoughts the moment you realize you have them. Instead, replacing those thoughts with mindfulness will make your calm and clear your head. However, how to achieve this state of mind?
Cannabis is a wonderful way to get you there. Our brains are full of cannabinoid receptors in the areas related to behavior, thought, and mood. When cannabinoids interact with these receptors, they produce relaxation.
Some people may experience an increase in anxiety after consuming particular strains with certain cannabinoid ratios. The best way to avoid it is to find the ideal strain for you on a personal basis.
There are different meditation methods, so it would be wise to explore them all to see what works best for you. We reviewed popular ways to meditate. Try them all and choose what brings the most of the healing power of meditation to your mind and body.
“Gazing” Meditation With Cannabis
The purpose “gazing” meditation is to sharpen your focus by setting your eyes on a fixed object. The focus on the object prevents wandering thoughts, clearing and calming your mind.
The object can be anything; however, it is better to choose something soothing to view. Flame of a candle, running water, or a mandala will certainly do.
To enhance your practice, choose a focus promoting strain. It will help invigorate the mind while maintaining mental clarity and body relaxation.
- Sit across a chosen object in a comfortable position.
- Allow your focus to settle on the details. How the flame moves; how the colors of the mandala are playing with each other; how the water run and the light shine through it.
- Simply let the image to come over you. Put your attention entirely on the object. As you look gently, let your breathing soften and gradually move towards viewing the object without thinking of it.
- Gaze until your mind is still and all you feel and experience is the object in front of you and your breath.
Deep Breathing Meditation With Cannabis
Deep breathing is crucial in meditation. By controlling our breath, we can control our thoughts and emotions. It is the simplest and the most efficient way to calm your body and mind.
Choose a strain that brings euphoria and crushes anxiety. It will take you to the new heights of clarity and relaxation.
- Sit in a comfortable position with a chest upright and back straight. Close your eyes and relax your shoulders. Let the tension leave your body.
- Observe your breath. Take a long, deep breath in through the nose, filling up your chest and abdomen with air.
- Pause at the top for a beat and then very slowly exhale through the mouth. Inhale again and repeat.
- Let your mind to focus solely on your breath. Gradually, you will notice how it becomes apparent. Sit and breathe mindfully, watching everything else melting away.
Body Mindfulness Meditation With Cannabis
If you have trouble sitting still, this method may help you. Focus your attention on the body, scanning each part to find areas that are holding tension and mindfully letting it relax. The mind will simultaneously get rid of aggravating thoughts.
Choose a heavy indica to open up a sense of alleviation. You may want to try a strain that provides full-body relaxation without the mind-numbing effects.
- Begin by lying flat on your back on a comfortable surface. Let your arms rest at your sides with your palms turned up. Legs and spine should be relaxed with feet falling outward. Feel the real heaviness of your body.
- Use your mind like a scanner to inspect each part of your body. Find all the tension that hides deep inside. Start at your feet, toes, and ankles. Relax your body as you go up, to the knees and thighs. Continue to your torso, gently going up to your shoulders, neck, face, and top of your head. Move slowly, take your time, and when you discover tension, let it go, leaving release in its place.
- As you relax your body, make sure your breath is relaxed as well. Breathe deeply and slowly. When you are finished, you will find your entire body relaxed. Continue to lie still and breathe, turning your focus inward and calming your mind.
This post is based on this Leafly material.
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