We all end up developing whatever daily routine suits us best, for using cannabis to enhance our lives. With the Mindfully High app and program, we've provided a minimum of structure, so that you are free to explore your unique personal approach. That said - most people also prefer a bit of guidance and structure when starting something new - so here's what I recommend.
Basics: Both without and with the uplifting effects of cannabis, how you focus your mind's attention determines your inner experience and outward expression. The MindfullyHigh App aims in general to provide meaningful guidance so that you focus in valuable, uplifting, enjoyable and healing directions.
Our primary app programming delivers 24 six-minute video sessions, in a particular order that flows effortlessly - each time you open the app, it will play the next mindfulness program in line for you. You aren't required to do hardly anything at all except tune into your breathing and physical presence, and let the words and images of the video session guide you ... into a more-fully mindful quality of consciousness.
WHERE THIS PROGRAM COMES FROM
All of the unique sayings, meditations, images, suggestions and inspirations in these mindfulness videos are specially created for this program ... and at the same time, they've all emerged from deep within the world's meditative and psychological traditions. My role in this process has been to study and practice all the various approaches to mindfulness that I could find in four decades of study and exploration ... and then serve as a bridge into our culture's present-moment situation, translating tradition into a new edition of human spiritual wisdom.
My main inspiration and training from the world's vast meditative tradition has been in Mahayana and Zen Buddhism, traditional Kriyayoga (Hindu) practice, Taoist philosophy, Sufi meditations, Native American rituals, the teachings of Krishnamurti, and the more mystic elements of Gnostic Christianity. But equally, I've garnered key mindfulness insights from cognitive science. After all, quieting the mind, focusing attention, tapping associative flows, and managing our emotions are psychological processes. Also, in my twenties while doing early NIH psychedelic research, I began exploring these traditions with the additive of mescaline, peyote, LSD and mushrooms - and of course, also with marijuana and hashish.
The MindfullyHigh App itself is the end result of many years exploring the power of the recorded word and image for helping people aim their attention inward toward their centerpoint of consciousness. You'll find that each of our six-minute meditation videos delivers a variation on the basic theme of mindfulness - be here now, tune inward, open your heart and mind and soul to Spirit - and just relax and fully embrace the unique new experience that emerges through this basic mental focus.
When cannabis is added to this mindfulness process, we enter a realm of remarkable potential - when approached wisely and mindfully. In this blog I'd like to present one way for integrating Mindfully High guidance into your daily routine. Of course, if you're not going to work each day, or are using medical cannabis in the morning, you'll want to modify this schedule to meet your personal flow:
The Mindfully High App works equally well with cannabis and without. In the mornings, you might come to highly value spending just 10 minutes either in a non-cannabis meditation with the app, or using cannabis. The process is effortless - the app provides all the discipline. Just pause and enjoy the six minutes of guided experience, learning a new Focus Phrase each morning. And then spend five minutes or more on your own with the app off, developing your inner capacity to stay mindful. Then you're up and off into your day - with your whole being alert and bright and ready to participate in the newness of the moment.
At any time during the day, I recommend pausing for 6 minutes or even less, watching the day's meditation video again ... and going deeper into the Focus Phrase so that you can hold it in mind after you go back to work. We built a similar at-work app for Silicon Valley companies, to bring a more heart-centered, human-focused spirit into the workplace.
You can also encourage your team at work to take a similar Mindfulness Break. If you don't want the term 'high' on the agenda at work, just use instead our non-cannabis MINDFULLY HERE version of the app found at www.mindfullyhere.today.
EVENING HIGH MEDITATION
Within whatever context you've created for your evenings related to shifting your consciousness in high directions, you can insert the MindfullyHigh App to high advantage. Get your pipe or joint or tincture or whatever ready, with your mobile device at hand - and after lighting up or vaping or consuming, turn on the app and effortlessly let yourself flow through the six-minute video program that plays automatically. We've done all the rest for you.
In another blog, we'll discuss the actual progression of inner experiences that come to most people when they get mindfully high. The natural flow of experience that cannabis induces is fascinating to explore - what are the seven primary types of cannabis experience in this mindfulness context, and in what order? Stay tuned!