Try using mindful meditation as a daily tool for grounding rather than just when you’re already stressed out. Having certain practices set in place before you’re feeling overwhelmed makes these techniques a lot more effective and less likely to be overshadowed by thoughts of how “well” you’re doing them – a normal thought for beginners.
Microdose! If you’re consuming THC, you will feel higher than expected, so start with low doses to keep your experience blissful.
Make it a tradition. Try and practice mindful meditation around the same time everyday. I try and meditate right after my morning bowl or within a half hour of waking up.
Get comfy. Always choose a comfortable position when meditating, whether that’s lying down or sitting on a chair.
Put judgement aside. If you feel any changes in yourself because of consuming cannabis, notice them without judgement.
Reflect. After you’ve meditated, put aside a few extra minutes to sit with and notice the effects before you get up.
No good too little. Set yourself up for success and commit to sitting for a time that’s realistic for you, even if that’s only 5 minutes. Any amount of time is better than none, and it’s surprising how much good can be achieved in a short amount of time.
Be gentle with yourself. Your mind will wander and it will be frustrating, so rather than criticize yourself and try to drag your attention back to your breath, go with your thoughts for a while. See where they take you, acknowledge those thoughts, and then gently guide your mind back to your breath, mantra, body, or whatever your focus was originally on.
Minellia Eustacio @yogawithminelli
Minelli’s practice and teaching is inspired by the simplicity of mindful movement and deep breathing. She discovered her authentic voice in guiding feel-good yoga classes with an emphasis on curiosity, non-judgment, and honoring your body by accepting it for what it is at this very moment – something she continues to learn as a constant student of yoga.
Her goal is to bring awareness to the mindfulness, healing, and bliss of cannabis-infused yoga, and guide others back within their bodies – back to a place of security, knowing, truth, strength, and power.