"Smile, breathe and go slowly. . . Be still and know.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation has many health benefits. It helps us to calm our minds, to relieve and release our daily stresses, and gets us in touch with our inner being. EnerHealth’s Whole Hemp CBD Extract is a wonderful product to use during meditation because there are times when it is more difficult for us to get into the proper “mood” in order to meditate. An especially stressful day, a laundry list of things to still get done, needy loved ones, and/or self-doubt can all be factors that act to distract our mental ability to be calm, to focus on our breathing, and allow us to relax enough to have a good meditation session. The active compounds in EnerHealth’s Whole Hemp CBD Extract, when taken before sitting down to meditate, can help to calm us down, slow our mind’s monkey-like hopping from thought to thought, help our focus, and support our mood to help us smile, relax, and get more easily into a wonderfully deep meditation with no psychoactive effects or “high” feeling.
To understand the concept of meditation I feel it is most important to know what meditation is and why it is important. I feel there are many complex ways to explain it, but the one person who described it in the simplest and most profound way was Osho. Here is his description of what meditation is:
“When you are not doing anything at all -- bodily, mentally, on no level - when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that's what meditation is. Whenever you can find time for just being, drop all doing. Thinking is doing, concentration is also doing, and contemplation is also doing. Even if for a single moment you are not doing anything and you are just at your center, utterly relaxed -- that is meditation. And once you have got the knack of it, you can remain in that state as long as you want; finally, you can remain in that state for twenty-four hours a day. Once you have become aware of the way your being can remain undisturbed, then slowly you can start doing things, keeping alert that your being is not stirred. That is the second part of meditation. First, learning how to just to be, and then learning little actions: cleaning the floor, taking a shower, but keeping your self centered. Then you can do complicated things, but at your very center there is not even a ripple; it is just silent, utterly silent. So meditation is not against action. It is not that you have to escape from life. It simply teaches you a new way of life. You become the center of the cyclone, the observer of life, the watcher.”
Daily meditation gets us in touch with the center of our being. We are not trying to achieve some lofty state nor are we trying to get into a “trance” of some type. Remember not to over-complicate it and treat it very simply as a practice; a practice that starts with you as the beginner and the more you do it the more improvement and results you will see.
Try to sit every day at least once per day. Ten minutes is a good goal to start with. Later, as you gain experience and confidence, you can extend the periods up to 20 or 30 minutes. It’s a good idea to take a little break after 25 or 30 minutes of sitting.
My suggestion is to take one dropperful of EnerHealth’s Whole Hemp CBD Extract a few minutes before you begin to set up for your meditation. Find a quiet comfortable spot in your home or outdoors in nature. Turn off all electrical devices that you can that are near you or in the area you’ll be meditating in. Light a candle and some incense if you wish. Place some frankincense oil on the soles of your feet if you wish. Place a cushion, pillow, or folded up blanket on the floor or ground. You may also sit in a comfortable chair or couch as long as it provides you control of your posture. There are many suggested sitting postures from sitting in your chair to the full lotus position. Whichever one you are most comfortable with it is suggested that you keep your spine straight, your buttocks out a bit, and your chin is tucked in. Place your arms comfortably close to your sides and your hands either comfortably in your lap or placed where the left hand rests on top of the right, with palms open and up. The joints of the two middle fingers are resting on top of one another. The tips of the thumbs are lightly touching. You may close your eyes or keep them half open focused on a point at about a 45-degree angle to the body.
If you have never meditated before, it is suggested that you begin your meditation by focusing or concentrating on your inward and outward breaths; or count your breaths. Make sure you are slowly taking in deep breaths – ones that raise up and lower your whole tummy. Let all thoughts pass by you. If thoughts arise, treat them as “clouds passing by.” Acknowledge them, and let them pass. Focus your attention on your breath or on the counting. If you count breaths, you can count from one to ten, on each exhalation or inhalation. The more common method is to count as you exhale. But find the method that suits you. Count from one to ten, then start the sequence over, and continue this cycle.
If you follow your breaths, simply put your attention on your breath as you inhale and exhale. When, not if, your mind wanders, return your attention to the breath (or to the counting). Do not chastise yourself if your attention wanders. The purpose of the mind is to produce thoughts; they are with us always. The idea is to keep returning our attention to our breath or our counting, and our thoughts will settle down naturally. It is suggested that we sit for short periods in the beginning. Some consider 10 minutes to be a good minimum length of time. Others prefer 20, 30, or even 40 minutes or more as their own minimum. You should seek to find a time that works for you. As your confidence and experience grow, you may lengthen the time you sit.
You may sit at a time during the day that suits you, when distractions will be at a minimum. For some, early morning works best. For others, evenings are preferable. Often, you may find that while sitting, your feet go to sleep, or you experience aches or cramps in the back and legs. Do not force yourself to endure serious pain. Learn your limits and don’t try to force yourself past them. Your endurance will build, the longer you meditate.
Meditation is being in the quiet, the silence, and the light of your true centered self; being mindful of, but not identifying with, the chaos and illusion revolving around you.
I hope you’ll try our amazing and potent Whole Hemp CBD Extract and incorporate it into your own meditation practice or when you need relaxation, ease of worriment, and calm focus. I wish you the best and a wonderful inward journey to discover your true and authentic beautiful self.
Resource: Meditation: The First and Last Freedom by Osho