Giving up weed is a war of the mind and starts with mindfulness and awareness. Once you become aware of the moments you occupy, it becomes easier to address the sabotage in our subconscious programming. Meditation disentangles the knots of sabotage. It forms a part of mindfulness, and can be done in any space, collecting your thoughts and letting go of the negative energies and emotions that accumulate so quickly. If this simple process works for you, then great, because meditation is one of the best ways to ensure you quit weed. But meditating like this might not be ideal for everyone, since we all respond to things differently, so let’s find something which works for you.
A Google search reveals conflicting numbers of meditation types you can choose; 5 types, 23 types, 9 types, 12 types – who would have thought it could be this hard agreeing about the same thing? You can get a better overview of the different meditations from Healthline, but I will examine what has worked for me, and what has helped others quit weed using meditation.
This meditation builds on the practice of mindfulness, except you choose an environment to purposely reflect within your thoughts. This purposeful intent allows your mind to flow and unlock suppressed thoughts and feelings. That doesn’t mean you’ll experience a bevy of hidden memories, but it does encourage a connection with thoughts, events, and emotions which are typically buried under the weight of daily living. This meditation is simple to do and easy to incorporate daily.
Vispassana is a meditation practice developed in India 2500 years ago. Modern mindfulness movements have been shaped by the foundations of Vispassana, however, it’s a more intense meditation and focuses on breathing and calmness, and the relationship between the mind and body. If you’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation, then graduating to Vispassana will be the next step towards quitting weed using meditation. Typical Vispassana courses run for 10 days at a retreat – it’s intense. There’s no drinking or smoking allowed, so in terms of giving up weed, don’t do the course unless you can commit to being clean for this time period, and are confident with basic meditation. A four-year study found a 20% drop in drug use for addicts who took up Vispassana, a significant endorsement for meditation in overcoming weed dependency and addiction.
Loving-Kindness is the more generic Western description given to metta meditation, a Buddhist meditation. As the name suggests, loving-kindness meditation focuses on self-love and kindness, particularly self-compassion. Using loving-kindness meditation for quitting weed is powerful, particularly if your efforts to quit weed are always hampered by self-disappointment and judgement. The meditation encourages you to adopt a mindset of forgiveness, appreciation, trust, and love towards yourself and others. Using loving-kindness to build your daily outlook enables you to switch from self-directed anger and abuse, to tolerance and forgiveness. Removing the anger and harmful self-dialogue associated with your weed dependency lifts the veil on the negative factors which drew you to weed to begin with. Replacing bitter self-talk with compassion and understanding robs your insecurities of the fuel they use to perpetuate a cycle of lighting up, then beating yourself up for it. Loving-kindness meditation for quitting weed develops tolerance towards yourself and others across all aspects of living.
Meditation is in Anything That Works For You
These examples are a few of the many to choose from, proven meditations for overcoming weed dependency and addiction. But meditation can be anything. This means the meditative elements – shifting focus from society’s functions to a connection with ourselves through earth, wind, water, and fire – can be replicated in any activity. For me, this is swimming. I do it for exercise, but it also connects me with the water, surrounding my body and absorbing me. It removes me from the burdens of daily living. My arms and legs are moving, but this is muscle memory. My mind is elsewhere, admiring the sensation of the water, and ruminating over goals I want to achieve, big and small, and other challenges I face. For you, it could be walking or running in a park, riding a bike, yoga, cooking, reading in a hammock, sculpting, painting, or any other form of creating – the key is to be absorbed in the activity, allowing its manipulation of the elements to be a part of you. Find an activity that moves you other than weed, and use it to clear your mind.
Repetition is King
Whatever meditation you choose, keep doing it. It may seem hard at first, but have you ever tried something you couldn’t master and then one day it just clicked? Make meditation one of those click activities, and keep doing it. Your mind is the most powerful weapon against weed dependency and meditation is your mind’s gymnasium.