“It was at the height of the War on Drugs but I considered cannabis my War on Anxiety.“
Back in the day, anxiety was the wallpaper and furnishings of my mind. I (somehow) soldiered through but living in anxiety was a way of life for me. I’d panic in social situations, I’d worry about upcoming events (that’s the paranoia that’s defined as: suspicion and mistrust of people or their actions without evidence or justification.) I’d ruminate – focusing on repetitive thoughts of catastrophe.
Early-on in college I was introduced to cannabis (ha! marijuana as we used to call it). I discovered that a toke or two could relax me and moderate those jittery feelings that created a pit in my stomach, a tightness in my chest and punctuated my attempts at concentration with dissociation and agitation.
Sure, it was at the height of the War on Drugs but I considered cannabis my War on Anxiety. It was my relief medicine and the black market suppliers were my, well, medicine dispensers.
(If you navigated the black market as well, I’m sure you have your own eye-rolling stories to tell. Hit reply and let me know.)
Only thing, my cannabis medicine was palliative – that is when I was no longer under the influence, my anxiety roared back.
Here’s the Thing about Anxiety
From a yogic perspective, anxiety is where your mind, body and soul are on high alarm because there’s a threat you need to take care of.
Alternatively, Western science sees anxiety as a pathology that needs to be medicated and treated like a disease.
And how’s that going?
In the U.S. alone some 40-million Americans have been diagnosed with a form of anxiety disorder. But that’s just those who saw a health practitioner and could be counted. What about the countless others who grapple with anxiety and stay away from the medical system?
The Yogic Approach to Anxiety
What goes around, comes around. And about 6 years ago, I began to study a kundalini method – called Emotional Liberation® that reduces stress, overcomes frustration and self-doubt. I began adding the judicious use of cannabis. For me and hundreds of others it offers support that amplifies the method’s effectiveness of releasing anxiety.
That why I teach and guide it. It’s effective and efficient for releasing difficult emotions of all kinds. If you’re being drawn to exploring a new way of living, I invite you to try this out.
I call it: “Adulting Adventure” – yes, you need to be 21+ to join us but “adulting” also means you’re at a place in your life where you’re asking “How do I make sense of it all?”
You have all the answers inside of you and that’s where we go during our time together – a deep dive that will put you in touch with your Higher Self to meet and release what’s knocking loudest on your head.
It’s my gift to our awakening community.
Our gatherings are a safe and nurturing environment where we can be ourselves and feel welcomed among like-minded others. It’s the best – as it gets so tiring pretending that we’re not feeling what we’re feeling. We gotta feel it so that we can release it:
If you haven’t connected with me yet to register for Thursday night’s gathering, here’s the link.