During one of my morning medicated meditations (with a little sativa herb) I spotted this flower. One of the things I enjoy most about walking meditations is how easily I can become engaged in the world. I'm suddenly aware of the way cool air or warmth hit my skin, the brightness and sound of cars, the beauty of nature sprinkled in my neighborhood in the form of parks and flourishing front gardens maintained with love. I'm able to meditate in the middle of the city, remaining present to life's noisiness without it having to interfere with the integrity of my experience. There's no frustration over traffic "ruining" my zen or conditions needing to be different from what they are. The present moment becomes a gift, again.
For me, walking meditations after a puff of a joint are always blissful. I return to a feeling of ease, connection with nature, clarity, and energy, making it the perfect practice after waking or during lunch to break up the day (during my time working 12-hour shifts at a hospital this practice was necessary during lunch to maintain my life quality, mental health, and wake up after a heavy lunch).
I thought I'd share this meditation with you in hopes of introducing a few ways of recapturing the beauty that is constantly around us, to encourage contemplation and enjoyment of now, and feel the mindful properties of cannabis in a non-traditional way. Feel free to give this meditation one or two reads, then just allow yourself to walk without having to remember absolutely everything. This is what my practice looks like and is more of a guide that you can modify in anyway that suits you.
Give yourself at least 10 minutes to complete your walk, feeling free to smoke before or during. Choose a familiar path to walk to avoid concerns about the neighborhood, people, or getting lost.
Stand outside with your feet solid on the floor. Soften your toes and balance evenly on all parts of your feet.
Notice the quality of your breath. Let it flow naturally without trying to change it. Notice the quality of the air, any scents your nose can pick up, what the air feels like rushing in and out of your nostrils.
Let your eyes remain open. Keeping the eyes closed can often turn our thoughts inward so allow yourself to externalize your awareness and engage all of your senses.
Start to take steps. Feel the ground underneath your feet or shoes, the earth supporting each step. Notice how each leg feels to pick up and set down. Notice the swing in your arms. Keep your movements slow, for now you have nowhere to be.
Start to bring your awareness to your skin as you walk. How does the temperature feel across the biggest organ on your body? Are there moments of flowing wind, stagnant heat, or drops of rain? What areas free from clothing feel the most sensation?
Notice the sounds around you. Cars passing, people walking and talking, an airplane overhead. How do those sounds make you feel? It doesn't have to be a dramatic or huge feeling, just notice it's presence.
Notice the shades, colors, and vibrancy around you. The colors of cars, plants, the sky - whatever catches your eye. Take advantage of the way cannabis increases our visual perceptions.
Notice the nature around you wherever you can find it. Are there trees around? Touch one. Notice the texture of it's trunk. Notice whether there's any sap or a little highway of ants walking through it's grooves - a minute glimpse into another world. How many species of trees are around you? What differences can you see in them?
Carry on walking with this energy for 10 minutes minimum, with no intention but to breathe, notice, and be.
This walking meditation is the perfect way to begin the day with clarity or as a midday pick-me-up (like a little afternoon coffee without the insomnia). Most importantly, this meditation helps create comfort around being high outside and in public, dispelling our internalized stigma around cannabis use while reconnecting with the healing + self-awakening effects of this plant medicine.
Let me know if you try this meditation and what your experience is with it, I would love to know. Have a blazed week, friends.