A glance at the media portrays countless people hotfooting it to meditation to find calm while the world spins out of control – ripping away all our familiar patterns that, in many cases, kept us sane. But, as supportive as meditation can be, many find it a tough row to hoe – as I explain in this week’s blog:
Yes, of course, stress and tension are now dialed up BIG TIME – as if they weren’t before. But now with COVID-19, it’s over the top. And many are struggling because the framework of their lives – of all our lives – has been dismantled to the point of where nothing is like it used to be.
So how do you surf these waves of uncertainty. What do we need when we’re struggling. We do need something to hold onto. And that highly recommended “something” is usually meditation, right?
I couldn’t be more in agreement. It’s tough to put what I do in a nice, neat package. But my work includes guiding and teaching an esoteric form of meditation. AND I hear from a lot of people about their view of meditation – and the most commonly held sentiment, especially among driven professionals, is that despite knowing all the benefits, they can’t get themselves to slow down and sit for quiet mindfulness meditation or even guided meditation where the narrative takes you somewhere calm and peaceful, like walking in the woods.
People get itchy and twitchy in trying to settle down – and it makes sense. We’re surrounded with endless sources of distraction and action … emails, texts, social media posts, news and more news. And go go go. And then we’re supposed to come out of that “distraction storm” in order to sit down, shut-up and go inward? Hmmm. How can that be reasonable? I believe it’s not for a lot of us. I’d love to hear how you feel about that. In order to find Inner peace, we need to go inward but if we have a hard time going inward, how can we find Inner peace. In other words, if meditation can take us there, but we can’t get ourselves to meditate, then we’re kinda stuck.
Well, this is where cannabis comes in. If you know my work, you know that the thoughtful use of cannabis is a component of what I teach, which also includes ancient, kundalini-like meditation practices. Many share with me that the combination offers a super level of intensity that breaks through the busyness of the mind and then we can move stuck energy and off-load nagging stress and fear. Meditation is really working for you then.
And, so many people I find, go about their meditation as one more thing to do on their To Do list. But in my practice, I find that when people add the judicious use of cannabis, it can fuel their will and desire to create a regular meditation practice – one that they look forward to it.
This is because, in Western Science, we know that cannabis can relax the fight or flight response (as in anxiety), which greatly enhances the ability to focus and be present during, well in my experience, our active meditation. Research using CBD in studies clearly suggest an anti-anxiety effect and reduces social anxiety in people who suffer with that disorder. So when a person feels this internal openness and spaciousness, it’s easier to be present and go inward.
AND, at the same time, cannabis enhances the process of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, developing new patterns of thought and behavior. This can be very profound when you pair it with our active meditation that includes movement, sound and powerful breath work. And from the Eastern Yogic perspective – that spiritual perspective, cannabis is a gentle boundary-dissolving plant medicine. It’s said to amplify intentional focus so that you can work with what’s coming up for you and also strengthen your intuition – that voice of your Soul.
I call this that intersection of where science and Soul come together. Western science is endorsing what the ancient wise ones have been espousing for thousands of years.
Where do you stand on meditation? What’s been your experience? Have you been able to make it a regular go-to in your life or is it a challenge to follow-though on a daily basis? Drop down to the comments section and let me know – let us all know. I’m Becca Williams and I want you to lead your most magnificent life – and I want help you do that.