do you think it's bad to meditate while high? (from marijuana) i find it very relaxing, but i'm not sure if it's "wrong" or something
It’s definitely dependent on the person doing it. Pot can sometimes trigger negative reactions within the brain, but only with someone who is already susceptible to such a thing. When meditating regularely, your third eye will go through a transition of opening and you will notice a much more detailed and spiritual meditation session. I think if someone may have schizophrenia or other mental illness running in their family (or other factors that make them susceptible to triggering mental breaks, etc) I would not meditate while high. Simply because the state of mind one takes while meditating already puts you in a higher state of consciousness, and opens you up for energy to reach you from other dimensions. If you’re high and in a vulnerable mental state, I worry about the combination and having negative energy and mental breaks during a session.
BUT, before everyone freaks out at me and tells me pot is safe, I agree that it should be fine IF you feel that you don’t fit in the above category. Since you feel it is relaxing to meditate while high, you should be just fine. Since both bring you to a higher state of consciousness, it can be a very positive and enlightening experience for some, but can also be a negative experience for others. Just up to the individual to make an educated choice.
Hey interwebz, I’ve gotten a lot of messages asking about meditation and any tips/techniques/forms I use personally, so I decided to write this up for anyone who may be interested. I think through taking classes with a great instructor and a lot of trial and error I found a lot of good tips and pieces of info (that goes beyond the basic crap) that may help people who are interested to learn or know more. Here we go!:
There are so many different forms of meditation. What I personally use and what I feel anyone can learn in about five minutes is the technique of mantra meditation. I’m sure you heard of mantras, like the most popular “ohm” one that many like to use. I was taught by another instructor who has been meditating her entire life, and she gave me a personal mantra to use for myself, which is common. It’s sometimes said that your mantra is very sacred and shouldn’t ever be shared with anyone, and you shouldn’t even say it aloud. From what I have learned, the reason is for the word to be heard only inward, and can trigger the meditative state quicker once you have been using it in that way for a while. This whole technique is generally for words that have been used for a long, long time in history and have sacred meanings, however I believe anyone can use a powerful common word or statement that can do the same thing.
“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.”—Eckhart Tolle
What books/actions would you recommend for an aspiring buddhist to take on? I was also wondering how you got into Buddhism, and how it influences you today.
Hey! I wish I could sound super cool and list off a bunch of new Buddhist books that are popular to read, but I basically just took a trip to my university library and scanned through their Buddhism section to find books that seemed helpful. I tried to find them all using the university online database for you incase you too can find them and give them a read. They were all very helpful, and just fun to read. Buddhism is so interesting to learn about and I think you will find it easy to read about it.
And to answer your second question, check out my ‘about me’ section for my whole journey into learning about Buddhism and other related spiritual stuff. It’s definetly not everything (as I have always been very interested in learning about spirituality in general), but that event I wrote about did make me stumble into Buddhism.
Here are the books I read (that I managed to find in our university database):
1. Buddhism explained by Laurence-Khantipalo Mills
2. Entering the Stream : An Introduction to the Buddha and His Teachings, compiled and edited by Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chödzin Kohn
3. Introduction to Buddhist Meditation by Sarah Shaw
Hope that helps! They were great books, but if you can’t find them, I’d suggest to just pick a book that focuses on the history of Buddhism and its birth before reading about what they do/don’t do. It gives a better perspective imo
Hey :) I'm loving your bloog hehe ^^ Especially your experience with Buddhism ! I mean I've never met a Iranian buddhist before. I love the fact that tumblr gives you a look through the whole world. It really opens your eyes and makes you more open-minded ! Salaam
Hey! Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy it. Lol, I have to admit I havent met any Iranian Buddhists either. I like to consider myself a blank piece of paper when it comes to beliefs, and I enjoy learning and understanding different faiths more than I do strictly following one. But my own views on life have been pretty much the same as what is said in Buddhist philosophy, so I would say that is the closest I can get to put a label on my views.
Open mindedness is definitely key! I kind of gave up trying to convince others of my beliefs a long time ago when I realized I am the only one living in my body, and shouldn’t feel the need to change another person’s opinions to guide them somewhere. Like Buddha says, ‘All is as it should be’!