- Posted by astkhik
- On July 20, 2015
- cannabis law, justice, legalization, meditation, mindful practice, war on drugs
As the medical cannabis community in California continues the fight for access and patients rights, raids continue throughout the state. The future of Cannabis as an “industry” is still an enigma even as we march toward legalization. Will big businesses dominate the landscape? How will the federal government respond? Advocating for ethical and sensible Cannabis policy can be draining ……and dangerous at times. Mindfulness practice helps.
Mindfulness practice may take many forms and be experienced in variety of ways. Awareness is the start…….and the heart of our chosen course. Awareness of thoughts, actions, forces of energy and their impact on our collective lives. Transfer of energy allows creation and destruction and everything in between. And then there are roadblocks.
Mindfulness practice is the process of becoming aware of first our individual self and possibly expanding out to our respective community. Peace, suffering, a range of emotions and experiences may come from this focus on the present moment. It’s a practice without an end because each moment is an opportunity to be mindful.
So how is this going to help cannabis law, policy and advocacy?
Here are 3 propositions:
1. Recharge and empower people working in the movement. Life and work can be exhausting at times and especially in a field that’s stigmatized, illegal federally, and under constant ban and attack. Mindful practices help center our attention and support us in the process of accepting – and changing! – our decision-making environment.
2. Gives rise to new ideas on tackling problems. Mindful practice in the workplace may increase ways in which we think about problem solving. Clutter in the brain may cause confusion and lead to lack of professional development and creative innovation. Mindful practices can help create solutions and engage people in the process of problem solving.
3. End workplace stigma. Medical cannabis patients are health care consumers and yet not treated as such in many professional environments. Lots of us judge patients or consumers by the level of severity of their illness and laws around the country reflect that. Mindful practices help cultivate a respect for all people and desire to treat each other equally. These beliefs have the power to transform discrimination of cannabis patients in the workplace and beyond.
Lets practice together: 5 minute meditation
Set your timer for 5 minutes, then:
- Sit, stand, lie down…whatever feels most comfortable.
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
- Focus on the sensations in your spine.
- Think of an activity that supports you. Many may come to mind, choose one to start. Focus on the ways you feel supported by your chosen activity.
- Continue breathing and being with the feelings of support.
- Slowly inhale and open your eyes as you exhale.