A New Katannabis Twist – Pre-sleep Zazen

22 May

I’ve recently added a new aspect to my daily Katannabis ritual meditation practice. Let me first briefly restate my usual daily routine.

My morning starts with a short Kata-Rx session. This is to formally exit my previous evenings Katannabis session. As I noted in my Katannabis Guidelines, it is extremely important to practically and symbolically exit the Katannabis meditation ritual. (You may use this convenient link to fully read this guideline:  https://senseijohn.me/2019/11/06/katannabis-guideline-1-exiting-katannabis/  This is easy to do. After the effects of the Katannabis entheogen have worn off, simply perform the underlying Kata without the cannabis entheogen. In my practice, I perform this first thing in the morning following my evening Katannabis session.

My daily Katannabis is always performed at the end of my day. This helps me shed the physical, mental and spiritual parasitic dregs of the day that have attached themselves to me. Depending on the day of the week, I usually am in bed two to four hours after the session. To view my daily routine, please use this convenient link:  https://senseijohn.me/2021/05/03/my-daily-kata-rx-katannabis/

Recently, I have interposed a mini-meditation session immediately before bed. As is my meditation preference, this session naturally includes two major elements, to wit: Kata and Cannabis – Katannabis. Here’s what I’ve been experimenting with. About a half hour prior to bed, I use a micro-dose (literally a small puff) of the cannabis strain used during my full session. I then sit in Zazen for no more than five minutes. I rise and perform a Ghost-Hand Kata (single hand version while visualizing the double hand version). Next, I perform Sanchin Kata. During both Kata I use a unique breathing/chanting mechanism which is beyond the ken of this article. I then sit in Zazen for upwards of fifteen minutes. Thereafter I may read or simply drift off to sleep.

I find this additional mediation rewards me with a deep, restful sleep. My mind is freed to explore or not explore its subconscious. This is simply another example as to how Katannabis evolves to accommodate your specific mediation needs over time. Katannabis gives meaning to the ancient saying – “Ichi-nichi-issho” – “One day, one lifetime.” Until the next time, day or lifetime,

Cum superiorum privilegio veniaque *

Sensei John Szmitkowski

* (with the privilege and permission of the superiors)


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