Illustration by Sam Jones
In a recent VICE interview, President Obama told young people that cannabis legalization ought to be “way at the bottom” of their priorities, behind things like war and peace, the economy, and jobs. By framing legalization as separate from and inferior to these other issues (which is incorrect), he missed an excellent opportunity to highlight the drug war’s effects on and interconnection with the economy, jobs, war, and peace.
In response, I wrote an article on how these issues are interconnected and why you should prioritize cannabis legalization. Click here to check it out!
This week, I wrote about meditation and how it can help reestablish control over an easily distractible mind. Like many people, I am often at the whim of an often erratic attention span–difficulty concentrating on a task I’ve set out to do and catching myself thinking while other people are talking are but two nearly quotidian manifestations of this. What’s more, I always thought that this was something I had, not something I could improve or work on, and I was never aware of the degree to which it affected me until I stepped out of it.
Within the last year, there was one particular period where I was meditating daily for close to three months. By the end, I was noticing that I felt much more present and in control of my ability to focus. I was able to read and work on projects for longer than before; in conversations, it felt as though I was fully listening to and receiving the message that was being imparted rather than thinking over the person talking. I felt like I was beginning to grasp what it means to live in a present-minded fashion, and like I was intentionally using my time and focus rather than feeling frustrated at the whim of a capricious attention span.
As much as I learned about how beneficial regular meditation can be, I’ve struggled with continuing that since then, so I’ve also learned about how difficult it can be to maintain such a practice.
Nonetheless, I wanted to share what I learned from that period and share what worked for me in the hopes of making meditation a teensy bit more accessible. To read the article, click here!
This week, I wrote about the remarkable parallels between contemporary Christmas tradition and the mythologies of Amanita-using pre-Christian indigenous Siberian and North European cultures. Check it out here! The article draws heavily from a 2003 Cannabis Culture article and the references contained therein.