Posts tagged meditation
Mystic Marijuana: Autumn Equinox (New Moon in Virgo)

Over twenty years of experiencing hindrances as a young brown soul has introduced fear of loss and failure to my psyche. When we work twice as hard or find strength to preserve, fear seems to be inseparable from hope. Restlessness has developed into one of my principle hindrances. I find myself resting in a moment of peace, but my attention can often slip, scanning for anything on the horizon that lends itself to worry. 

There are your own stories that point to your childhood, raising questions, like, “Is that why I am the way I am?” If things had been different, what hinderance would I have instead? Some of my stories built around my childhood were confusion about my father's affection and/or witnessing my mother's fragile circumstances to earn money. I know other people with similar stories, but have different hindrances.

I inherently knew the doubt my ancestors wished to annihilate was to let go of despair over my father's approval and to let go of love if I wish for love to return. Up until my twenty somethings the intensity of my worries still didn't erase my childhood memories, but admitting my pain and having other people hold it in kindness is healing. Through healing, forms of an old culture die. The new culture is created by a few who are not afraid to be insecure. That feeling of being insecure, even groundless, increased my ability to stay in the work, to be healed. I did not give up my ground on which to stand and was not anchored by society's ideals of love to prevail. My father slowly warmed up and unlocked his caged spirit. He did not even realize that he had something to give and that he could give it, because he was cut off from his own world, his own way of life, worn out by tasks to provide for his family; elation of worthiness to receive love, let alone give it. Fast forward to now and everyday to come, I am reminded of my father's sincere care for his family. My father returning back to the Philippines reaffirmed my awareness that earth will always work to create and maintain the conditions to support life. 

In the end, we cannot depend on the hope of results. Your work will be apparently worthless if you’re not free of worrying. As my spirit continues to mature, I realized my mother also got used to the idea of not meeting her own expectations, like me,  and more and more started to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the righteousness, the truth of the work itself. She gradually struggled less and less for an idea and more on people. We don’t need specific outcomes, we need each other. 

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An effective nurturer goes beyond the attainment of knowledge of techniques and motions. A good nurturer is the embodiment of health, discipline and compassion. How good you are depends upon how much of yourself you give during a never-ending training process (New Moon in Virgo).

Many elements beyond technique can be taken into consideration. Here is one of them below, along with a Filipino idiomatic expressions/proverb. 

INSPIRASYON (INSPIRATION for Confidence)

Ang nakikinig sa sabi-sabi ay walang tiwala sa sarili.                                                                  (When you listen to hearsay, you have no confidence in yourself.)

The inspiration coming from your instructor, your clients, and your techniques will help you in what you are doing and gain confidence. But above all, the inspiration (in-the-spirit) from within, will give you confidence, and with it humility.

~ J-Na$ty

Mystic Marijuana: Sacral Chakra

Strange airs and signs of healing earths wounds stirred with the hours, for time to settle, concentrating on September 7-8th, Oshún and Yemayá day. The Goddess of rivers and her mother (or older sister depending on version), Goddess of the living ocean. Both, lost their fortunes to save the world. In Yoruba religion, the tale told is Oshún made money washing peoples clothes in the river and by accident she dropped a coin that the current carried away. She called to the sea, for she desperately needed to buy food for her children. Yemayá heard her prayers and peeled the ocean back to reveal the treasures of the seven seas. Oshún wasn’t tempted to steal more than what she needed and only took the coin she lost, because of her honesty Yemayá promised her she wouldn’t have to give anything away again, in exchange to protect the river as her new home, Yemayá honored her part of her wealth. 

Like, our Goddess Oshún, it is important to not link your self-worth to what you do need or have. You, loving your body and giving it what it needs to thrive: work, sleep, orgasms, exercise, and food, is enough. Healing comes naturally when we respect ourselves, through the act of emotional satisfaction or fulfillment. Starting with creative stimulation, sexual release, and finding your rhythm with the ocean. The more we know ourselves, in harmony with lives vital sensations, the less we are at the mercy of consumerism designed to make us feel we are somehow lacking. Coincidentally, last week in my yoga class we learned to listen to our bodies' needs by activating our second chakra, located in the sacrum, which is mainly concerned with our physical well-being. Again, it is important to understand our bodies. By giving ourselves enough rest, nurturance from maternal qualities, such as touch and enjoying the simple things in life, our pleasures aren’t stripped away from the complexity of materialism or overindulgence.

Our sacral chakra facilitates our emotions as well, and is ruled by water. This illustrates mother earth’s cosmic cervix as the worlds basin, keeping our liquids holy. Water, being inherently tied with movement, pulls us back and forth and exhausts how much we feel. Hitting us like waves, we are always experiencing a range of emotions, similar to high and low tides. So flow is a partial essence of our second chakra. When we release emotions held in the sacrum, we charge and cleanse the body. Spiritual offerings or soaking in the sea, a stream, river and/or creek is another option to expand the sacral chakra. Feel free to contain an oceanic sound using your breath, which develop reserves of vitality that can be accessed easily when we are stressed too. Additional suggestions below are encouraged ways of working through the blocks that may reside in the sacral chakra.

Sanskrit term: Svadhisthana, my own sweet abode

Marijuana:  

White Fire OG: fights fatigue non-conducive to creative impulses, gaining a degree of freedom when feeling stagnant becomes a reason to move. Especially, dealing with indecisiveness, its titanic explosion of clarity helps prioritize the right choices quickly. White Fire OG, flips you on your back from swimming upstream to floating with the current of forethought. The effects are uplifting and energizes you to plunge in the depths of your desires. Like seeing a shooting star without warning, you can't let that wish go to waste, picking up your feet, ready for change, steadfast and hopeful for the future.  White Fire OG is just a recommendation, do not hesitate to experiment with other hybrids for inspiration and drive. Find strains that have a tangy mango taste like Lodi Dodi or California Orange to drink nectar of the Gods! Fruity flavors assists with adopting a carefree attitude, to surf the wave of sweet happiness. You'll begin to chase your own adventure! inhale the winds speed! Respond to the cues from the universe and barrel roll with life.. its a breeze.  

The need for touch is as basic as the need for food and water. Creative and sexual energy originates in the second chakra, make time for intimacy or receive/give yourself a massage. Kenya Kush has an amazing review on a topical oil for you to address sensuality and instant gratification:  holistic healing blog post

Crystals: Cornelian: Can be found on the shores of oceans and lakes, suggests its close connection to water and the emotions. It acts to stabilize distraught feelings~ Onyx: Has a strong magnetic charge and can stimulate healing at a physical level by magnetizing the blood. Used to regenerate and recharge. ~ Tigers eye: Brings prosperity and abundance, carries good luck and fortune                                                                                                                            

Essential oils: Jasmine, neroli, orange blossom

Plant: Jasmine

Food: liquids; juices and herbal teas 

Yoga Pose: Scorpion (add hip circles), supta baddha konasana

Affirmation Mantra: I am nurturing and devouring; crystal clear and mysteriously deep. I am the consoler, the healer, the maternal one whose belly is as big as life. My body is sacred and my senses bring enlightenment, ecstasy and joy. 

Music: 

Tender care, ~J-NASTY

Review: Lavender

As this intense moon cycle heightens, I find my soul craving release like jumping in bed after a long day or running into the ocean and waiting for the tide to swallow and burp me out again. In just one lunar cycle I find so much within me permanently altered — a higher version of myself bursting through painfully and gleefully at the same time.

Riding the super productive wave of the past few weeks, I have been focusing on organizing my spaces (physical and mental) and working more efficiently within them. This has not left me stressed per say, but maintaining the new lifestyle was starting to get to me — I hit the point where my initial burst of energy is gone and a longer, more concentrated stamina is required.

This Lavender bud found me just at the right time. Smoking this herb truly was a pampering experience. The nugs themselves are a deep shade of purple all the through, which is super beautiful to observe with the contrast of the white trichomes (crystals) and red pistils (hairs). When I opened my grinder in preparation to roll up in a Swisher Diamond (best non-flavored blunt wraps to taste only your weed) I was hit with an intense citrus and floral scent. I considered putting it in a teabag and resting it on the pillow next to me while I slept, it smelled so good, but ultimately decided fire was its fate.

It was a dream to roll up — sticky and easily compacted. When hitting it, it was super smooth, in terms of the sweet taste and the inhale. True to what you might expect from an indica, this was a deep body high. Since it was the night time anyway, I instantly felt a little sleepy, a little dreamy, a little sensual. All roads led to the bed — where I felt an overwhelming sensation of being at home and at peace in my body. I gave into the flirty self-indulgence of the evening and fell asleep to lucid, mind-bending dreams.

The sensory, peaceful high was the perfect reset button to my week — a friendly reminder of the natural eroticism and happiness of life.

Taste/Smell: Floral and citrus notes
Color: Deep dark purple
Texture: Tight, sticky buds
Method of Consumption: blunt
Smokeability: 9/10
Overall Satisfaction: 10/10

Photos: Amongst the Wolves TV

~Kenya Kush~

Introduction to Charging Your Cannabis

Everything and everyone in this world needs to be charged. You charge your gadgets regularly, charge your body regularly through sleep, exercise, food, sex, and many other positive practices. One way to charge your soul is through the use of crystals and meditation, allowing yourself to realign with the higher vibrations of your chosen stone(s). Why not apply the same concept to your weed?

I like to bring a crystal or two with me to smoke sessions with my girls to enhance the vibes and also the blunt. As a self-taught, amateur herbalist, I always try to carefully select what strain of bud will be best for the occasion at hand — do I need something to subdue me, stimulate me creatively, something to make me spiritually receptive, or elevate my mood? Every day I like to go through the same selection process with my crystals to see which stone I should meditate with or simply just keep in my pocket throughout the day.

This practice helps you become more attuned with your emotions as you have to really be mindful of how you feel in that moment and also what you hope to feel/accomplish that day. Once you have made your selections, place your weed, either loose or already assembled to be smoked, next to your crystal and let them hang out for a few minutes. It doesn’t hurt to sit quietly for a few moments yourself — meditating even for a short time before smoking really enhances your high. If you are someone that uses marijuana for anxiety or to otherwise relax, breathing deeply before smoking helps you get to your zen space faster and in a deeper way.

Once the blunt is charged, spark it, and look at it with wonder, because that shit is now magic!