Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Kerri Connor, author of the new Wake, Bake & Meditate.

Kerry ConnorAs I sit down to write this blog, I am on day 14 of sheltering in place. The same conditions that entitle me to a medical cannabis card in my state are the same conditions that put me into a high-risk category for the corona virus. At this point, 21 states have been closed down and President Trump is expected to attempt to re-open the United States by April 12th. By the time this blog appears online, there will have been many more changes, more infections, and more deaths as the past few weeks have already shown us.

I point this out, so it is clear, I am aware of where we are at in this world. It is a confusing, scary, uncertain time.

When crisis hits, many people turn to their faith and spirituality for comfort. I admit, I was slow to do that myself.

Instead, I watched the news. I still medicated. I still got high. But while still in shock at what has been happening around me, I forgot to take a moment to look at what was happening inside of me.

Meditation is not only a great way to calm and ground, it helps set us straight. With everything so frantic and serious, we need to give our bodies and minds the chance to rest and recover from boosted adrenaline and heightened emotions. Smoking a bowl calms my nerves. Meditating and asking the universe for guidance, calms my fears, and lets me know that while change is necessary and death is a part of change, we are ever evolving. Hitting a peak experience, my deities ensure me there is a future, a beautiful one at that, it will just take us a while to get there. This isn’t to say what is happening now isn’t awful, it truly is, but for many people, life will still go on afterwards and it will be up to the survivors to pick up the pieces.

I believe in the future we will look back at this as a turning point in our history. A turning point in which we finally realized the true importance of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that these should be afforded to all people.

This is our reset. It is our second chance. It is a defining point not only in our humanity, but in our spirituality. We are going to find better ways to do things, and overall—a better way to simply be.

Take some time out of your day, meditate on what changes you can make in your life now to help ensure a more peaceful, loving, and complete future.

When this crisis is over, we have two options. We can go back to the way things were just a few weeks ago. Or, we can make the choice to do more.

To be more.

Our thanks to Kerri for her guest post! For more from Kerri Connor, read her article “Creating Ritualized Meditation with Cannabis.”

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