Alright, so many of you guys know I deal with chronic pain and have been in and out of the hospital the last couple months. Much of the journey has taught me how to respect myself and especially how to defend my position against pre judging doctors. In order to do this, it became very apparent that I needed to gain the tools to play on their field. The most important being a clear view of my intention.
Smoking worked for the pain for a long time, but these last 6 months have just turned upside down. Dealing with Chronic pain is a life sentence in many cases so how do you keep interested in life?
Well I began implementing one change to my morning routine. Smoking with intention. I wouldn’t call it religious. It’s somewhere between Spiritual and mentally centered alignment. I began treating med time in a ceremonial way. I’m currently studying about the ways of the peace pipe but as I haven’t mastered that I don’t want to post the whole thing until I’m familiar further with it. But here’s a simple routine that’s worked for me to get more connected with my inner voice:
1. Prepare the environment. Create a setting that complements your intention. This can be a group or single ceremony.
2. The most important ingredient is honesty. Upon inhaling, take in the smoke, the breath, and upon it imprint your desire or praise. Hold this for a moment,focus, and allow the healing sensation to saturate your dis- ease.
3. Exhale slowly. Allow the smoke to carry your cleansed, honest breath -your truth- to the source of your perception within and all around you.
4. Repeat before bed, but be sure to thank yourself and/or your higher power for the lessons received.
A very simple practice, yes, but hopefully helpful to whomever wants to try something a little deeper with their experience.