Which botanicals can help you “drop-in” to your meditation practice
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “DROP IN”?
From my own experiences, dropping in reconnects me to a wave of peace within myself. I say wave because although this peace is always within me, my connection with it is often fleeting and temporary. Meditation is like that. It’s like finding that quiet room of a house where you can just breathe easy and simply be. The benefits of meditation are well documented. In addition to improving sleep quality, resting heart rate, and blood pressure, meditation has also been shown to improve how you manage and process stress. It encourages you to be more present, which is shown to benefit those with anxiety and depression, and stimulate imagination and creativity. The more you practice meditation, the easier it becomes to get to this metaphorical room. Whenever I’m looking to drop into this state, there are a few tips and tricks to help me get there easier.
I recommend doing this exercise if you are able, but visualization works as well.
Get a ball, something you can hold in one hand like a tennis or racket ball. Hold it about a foot over your other hand, and drop it into your open palm. Do it again, and again, and again. See the ball, watch it land in your palm, hear the noise it makes when it reconnects with your body, and feel it make contact with your hand.
This is what it’s like to “drop in”. Dropping in means to re-connect, to re-center yourself. Dropping into awareness and mindfulness, a stabilizing of the mind, and dropping into the present moment.
Like the ball exercise, there are other methods to help you drop in. Smokeable botanicals can help clear those mental cobwebs, and quiet the mind. Here are a few of my favorites to incorporate into my meditation practice, as well as one plant I don’t recommend.
WHICH BOTANICALS TO USE (AND NOT USE) FOR MEDITATION
Historically, lemon balm has been used for many ailments and uses including for its memory enhancing, stress-reducing, and calming properties. Being a member of the mint family, lemon balm is a zest of freshness to the mental palate and refreshes the mind.
Found in our Free Time Herbal Blend
A favorite amongst herb burners, sage is commonly smudged to cleanse the space and spirit. It originates from traditional Native American practice and is believed to neutralize the air from negative ions. Burning sage is associated with a sense of healing, making it the perfect herb to burn during your meditation practice.
*Disclaimer: Sage is a sacred herb typically protected on native lands. If you choose to burn sage, be sure it’s ethically sourced. Barbari sage is organically grown and does not disrupt wild ecosystems.
DOES CANNABIS HELP WITH MEDITATION?
Here’s where we get a bit controversial. I do not recommend mixing cannabis into your meditation practice, especially if you’re just getting settled into your meditation practice. Although there are some strains that can provide calming, relaxing, or focusing effects, the way weed affects a person is really unique to that person. Everybody’s body is different, and sometimes when one has too much THC or a certain mix of terpenes, it can create a racing mind, which is not particularly helpful in being present. Smoking other botanicals that don’t contain THC can help satiate that smoking action (ie, taking deep breaths), and maintain the smoking ritual while avoiding the intoxicating effect of weed.
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