People meditate for reasons ranging from simple stress relief, to better mental focus, to deepening their spiritual life. In moving beyond the mind’s habitual patterns of thought, many meditators perceive themselves, and reality, in a clearer light. Yogic meditators, in particular, aim to merge with ultimate, or divine, consciousness and achieve liberation, or moksha.
Peaceful. Awake and at ease. In the moment. Aware. These words are often used to describe a meditative state. But if you’ve ever had the pleasure of a blissful and mellow high, you may have dipped your toe into the same waters.
Swami Chaitanya, co-founder of Swami Select cannabis and host of the video and podcast series, Smokin’ with Swami, attests to the richness that cannabis can bring to meditation. In his personal practice drawn from study with his gurus and from a school of yoga called Sri Vidya, Swami tells Civilized that he sits