Five Instagram images that have gotten us thinking outside the (Medicine) Box
This month’s Instagram inspo has gotten me doing some thinking. As you’ll see in the five selections, the majesty of the human mind is celebrated, not to mention its dreams, creativity and endless utility.
Nothing I do, from jumping a mogul to manufacturing Medicine Box products, is possible without embracing the mind and its endless possibilities. Cannabis has been used to unleash the mind’s potential by many great musicians, artists and entrepreneurs, and when those ideas are fully realized, the entire world catches a buzz. As you gaze into the alternate dimension of these images, just remember that this dimension exists inside of YOU, too. We here at Medicine Box encourage you to dig deep for it.
#1 Meditation, Pt II
Doesn’t really make much sense to work so hard in doing nothing. But that’s what meditation is. If you don’t have a solid practice, however, you’re not going to get results. I’ve managed to create one that works for me, so if you’re having some difficulty getting it together, here’s how I’m working it out.
I start at the same time every morning, for 20 minutes. I’ll catch the sun grazing over the horizon. This transition from darkness to light is a truly magical time, like two worlds colliding. Sometimes I’ll listen to Tibetan monk chants and let the gongs, bowls and prayers guide me further down the path. But there’s many times during the day where I’ll take mini-meditations, whether that’s sitting in a chairlift or even pumping gas. No matter where you are, mindfulness is always something you can reach for. At night I will set my timer 20 minutes before bed to remind myself to unplug and end the day with one more meditation. This helps me to shut off all of the “engineers” in my head. As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to fall into the trap of always being open for business.
My evening meditation helps me to power down and prepare myself for a healthy sleep. As I see it, all of these meditations are connected across time and space to each other, and I like to imagine myself connecting each of these dots each time I enter into this place of peace. No matter how trying your circumstances, it’s never that far away.
See the “Meditation, Pt II” Instagram post.
#2 The mindful warrior
Speaking as a person in recovery, I’ve learned to respect the primacy of mental health in my life. Back in my old days, when I was a kid, mental health was something I took for granted. I got injured, I got back up and I could get back to it pretty quickly. I treated my own mental health the same way, never really considering the consequences my actions would have years later on me. Keeping these demons at bay are crucial. And mindfulness is at the core maintaining the mental health necessary to do this.
Think about it: if you’re not mindful, you’re mindless. You’re losing your mind to whatever the latest worry in your life is, and you won’t be able to properly prioritize what truly matters in your life. It helps keep us on top of our game. And for me, it’s not only that, but it’s a primary tool I use to treat my own mental health challenges. We all have them – it’s all in how we treat them.
See the “Mindful Warrior” Instagram post.
We’re talking about it, hash tagging it, buying products for it. It’s part of everyone’s health and wellness routine, but it starts first with a good working definition. Here’s mine: understanding who YOU are and what YOU need to suit up and show up for yourself and the people around you. Whether you’re running a business, raising a family, or just living a life, that sort of self-knowledge and self-service is crucial, if you’re looking to move forward.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For me, it comes with taking stock in my abilities and assets. Getting stuck in momentary setbacks or disappointments can obscure the many resources I have around me, so on a very simple level, self-care is just not being so hard on myself. That, combined with a well-balanced diet, keeping regular hours for sleep (sleep is the living soil of all humans and the foundation for our health) and unplugging from technology throughout the day, helps me from succumbing to the overwhelm of life. Finally, I make sure every day to reach out to my family and loved ones as well. No matter how hyper-connected we seemingly are, it’s far too easy to become isolated in our digital cocoons, so making direct contact is good medicine for the soul. I find when I’m showing up like this for myself, mindfulness comes more effortlessly. What does self-care mean to you?⠀
See the “Self–care” Instagram post.
We’re trying to balance a million things in business and in life, and beating back stress is a never-ending battle for most of us. Developing mindful business practices is crucial to being productive and staying healthy. Here are a few tips that help me. What practices do you use to prevent and manage stress?
1. Don’t reach for the phone or computer first thing in the morning: As I always say, I have to jump into my own world before I jump into everyone else’s. Business and life boil down to the quality of one’s decision making, and the best decision making comes from acting, rather than reacting to the problems at hand. That’s hard to do if you’ve got a trollish meme or two in the back of your mind.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Set Your Foundation: Getting myself prepared for the day’s challenges means tending to myself body and soul. This starts with a stretch, followed by Qi Gong flow work to get my blood flowing. From there I do a 20 minute meditation, after which I make my bulletproof coffee and play my guitar while the French press is resting. That and some words of wisdom from whatever I’m reading puts me in my grounded place. It’s pretty close to the happy place on most people’s inner atlases.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Recognize the difference between action and activity: During the day, if things get the best of me, I have the advantage of heading out to nature with my trusty partner Phoenix 🐶 She’ll accompany me to a place here called Speedboat Beach, and from there, we’ll paddle board out to any number of outcroppings, where I’ll do a mini-meditation. Solutions to quite a few of my problems have come from these moments of seemingly doing nothing. Osho explains it as the difference between action and activity. For even when nothing seems to be happening, progress is being made all the same in apparent stillness. That’s the power of mindfulness.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
4. Focus on the big picture while taking it one day at a time: This takes real balance to master. Too much big-picture, and you’ll miss out on details. Too much day-to-day stress over the work that didn’t happen, and you lose the plon. Like any Zen riddle, one must embrace the contradiction at the heart of this, but by doing so, you see how mindfulness can help one stay focused, centered and sane in business as well as life.
See the “Pendulum Effect” Instagram post.
Technically speaking, the rhizosphere refers to a panoply of chemical exchanges that happen within the immediate environs of the roots and the soil around it. It’s subtle and infinitely complex with many different inputs, from plant health to climate, which can affect the processes that occur within it. As I learn more about my plants and the growth medium, the more I can create truly medicinal plants that will benefit the people who will consume them. For the rhizosphere doesn’t just exist below ground – by consuming the plants, we participate in rhizospheric activity as well. So it’s in my best interest to understand and work with it as best as I can.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A year ago, my mentor Michael Hollister showed me a photo of the endocannabinoid system, and he remarked how closely it resembles the root structure of plants. If the root system and the nervous system can be considered equivalents, then the health of both should be considered closely linked. As I have come to embrace cannabis medicine in my own recovery, I remember once again that healthy plants do need a proper environment to express themselves fully, just like we do as humans.
See the “Within the roots of every plant and tree, an entire universe beckons” Instagram post.