Do you want to know yourself? Sit and breathe. Do you want to know the divine? Sit and breathe.
In an overcomplicated world, this simple advice can change everything. No need to push yourself toward some amazing, grandiose personal change. No need to become unhappy trying to live up to some guru’s expectations. No need to abandon who you are in hopes of becoming something more.
Most of us have heard of the ego and Sigmund Freud’s work around it which tells us that it’s development is a necessary part of who we are. Without it there is no “I” for us to identify with. Freud goes onto claim that without the ego, our minds would have no conscious way to comprehend where “we” end and the rest of the world “begins”.
Maybe you aren’t a California teenager from the 1970s that was doing hashish behind the bleachers in high-school, but you’d like to revisit the pleasant feeling that marijuana gave you – only like an adult.
Maybe you’re even going to dive in for the first time? There’s a new (well, rediscovered) way to get your ganja-high, and it doesn’t require you to take an intercontinental flight to Amsterdam or even a short puddle-jump to Colorado. It’s the reefer-infused yoga class.
It isn’t anything trendy or happening, and you don’t need a $100 pair of yoga pants from Lemony Lulu or some such company to practice. All you do is smoke (or vaporize) some pot before a yoga class. Dee Dussalt has even written about it extensively the book, Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain, and Enlightened Self Discovery. Continue reading Ganja Yoga: Greatest Thing Since 420 Behind the Bleachers, Or Not?→
How often have we truly wanted to forgive a situation, a person, or even ourselves only to keep reliving whatever occurred in the depths of our soul? How does healing truly happen, and how can we let it unfold in a natural process that involves love for self and others? One traditional method from Hawaii is called Ho’oponopono.
If you’re a fan of Ralph Smart of Infinite Waters Diving Deep, you should know that Ralph is a big fan of crystals. He wasn’t always, though. One day he walked into a mystical bookshop in Venice Beach, California and there was a huge, beautiful, powerful crystal. In that moment, everything shifted.
You’d have to be a sufferer of immune-related psoriasis or eczema to know the extent of suffering it causes. The fear of unsightly disease being seen – the questioning from onlookers, the scaling and the ensuing repulsion, the money spent on creams, the special clothing to cover up. And perhaps missing events like weddings and swimming outings too… Special diets are cumbersome and are not a guarantee of healing – that’s why it brings me absolute joy to bring you the following news.
Deepening your awareness of your breath is a vital key to unlock the alchemical power of Hatha Yoga. The breath is like a bridge to your inner and outer worlds. When you focus on its flow, your breath will gently, yet powerfully, dissolve any notions of being separate. Awareness of the breath will bring you to rest in a field of profound unity with all that is.
When the body is relaxed and healthy, its various rhythms (cardiovascular, craniosacral, respiratory, etc.) flow in a synchronous dance within the whole. Inherently linked to these body patterns, the breath rises and falls in response to a pulse of energy that moves through your spine. Continue reading The Breathing Wave: Yoga as Energy Medicine→
The history of marijuana (or cannabis/THC) stems back over 10,000 years and is widely recognized as one of the most useful plants on the planet. Yet it was made illegal in the United States in the early 20th century due to political and economic factors.
History of The Drug
Let’s get one thing clear: marijuana was not made illegal because it caused “insanity, criminality, and death” as was claimed by Harry J. Anslinger. It was made illegal in an attempt to control Mexican immigration into the United States and to help boost the profits of large pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading The Racist Roots of Marijuana Prohibition→