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I never knew how beneficial meditation could be—until I started performing my meditations high. Being one of those who has a hard time tuning the world out and directing my focus into one area, meditation often brought with it as much frustration as it did relief, which rather defeats the purpose. The beneficial effects were often lost on me since I could not achieve a good meditative state. Being high in meditation, however, I was finally able to put all other thoughts and concerns aside and really focus. Deep meditative focus. Even deeper. Now I use cannabis for powerful ritualized meditations. These are not my day-to-day meditations, but profound, life-changing meditations. ...

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Do you meditate? Or, do you wonder why people bother with meditation? After all, most of us are not concerned with reaching some higher plane of existence or gaining some "special powers." We have relationships to maintain, jobs to perform, and bills to pay. Meditation does provide us with some tranquil time, but we still have to function in this world—and cannot, therefore, go floating around in some "la-la" frame of mind. So, what does meditation really provide us? What if, we are able to not only reach our personal meditative goals, but also see the growth and change that is actively occurring? If I, personally, were to have a personal growth goal, it would be about connecting ...

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By what measure do you love? If you are like most people, you probably keep some score of reciprocity, monitoring whether or not others are giving as much as you are in your relationships. Granted, no one likes to feel that a friendship or partnership is one-sided, but this typically self-referential approach to love does not really serve our highest good, and keeping score never feels good. It is true that the feeling of love we have will fluctuate based on how balanced the giving and receiving is between us and others. But if we instead approach love as an action rather than a feeling, then we can be grateful, either for what we may be receiving, or if we are not, then for the ...

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Meditation can be defined in a literal manner as an exercise of focusing the mind on one thought, image, feeling, or concept. In the concentration-oriented meditation methods, the mind focuses on a word, a prayer, a visual image, a spiritual concept, or the breath. With the mindfulness type of meditation, you may simply set the mind in observer mode. Each of the literal definitions of meditation works toward a similar goal of quieting the mind. Another version to this question could be, "What is meditation in terms of how it relates to daily life?" Suddenly, the literal translation of an activity extends into the relationship between the practice of meditation and life. At this point a ...

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