5 questions to more fully form YOU
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”
Where do you really want to go? We are not trying to be unrealistic—from illnesses and financial burdens to an uncertain economic future, there are so many questions about what life will look like. In times of uncertainty, the only thing a person can do is cultivate internal strength for the self and for those they love. We want to help you become the best you in order to face the battles ahead.
How do you create internal strength?
People are always looking for the next big thing (i.e. the next event, challenge, etc.), but to create a life and to create a person, the main ingredients are the daily habits. Your life is not a big event, and it is not a vacation. Your life = what you do everyday = your habits. How you wake up, how you give the dog breakfast, how you brush your teeth—these habits determine who you are and who you become.
A great yogi said that how you do one thing is how you do everything . If, on the yoga mat, a person is looking at everyone else and comparing them to himself or herself, that is probably happening off of the mat as well. If a person is annoyed to do the dishes, rather than grateful to have dishes, this may lead to many problems.
If we want to create our future self in an acceptable image, we must focus on our daily habits, including how we talk to ourselves. Everything starts within you. If you are judging others, you are probably judging yourself just as hard—it’s time to let that go.
Forming a habit.
It takes time to form a habit and most of us are so busy that we do not have time to develop a habit with consistency. Perhaps it’s meditating, perhaps it’s having a little less sugar, perhaps it’s journaling; whatever it may be, COVID-19 has given us the time to form and strengthen a new habit.
A thought experiment.
Get a journal (or even a blank document on your computer) and ask yourself what your values for the future are. Start with one habit at a time—you only have so much willpower (this has been proven in psychological literature), so if you take on too much, nothing will get done.
How does a one little bee create a honeycomb? The bee creates the honeycomb one hexagon at a time—heal yourself like the bee, and feel free to do this as many times as you would like.
1. What habit would you like to create?
2. What is holding you back from creating that habit?
3. What/whose voices in your head are holding you back?
4. What does a future where this habit is formed look like?
5. What does a future where this habit is not formed look like?
Meditate on this, see the future in your mind.
Meditate on this, see the future in your mind. Hopefully, you can spend this time in self-isolation healing yourself, seeking inside yourself, and creating the future you want. Of course, at Botanicam, we believe that the mind is in direct communication with and under the direct influence of the body, so definitely get some CBD to strengthen your Endocannabinoid system! This system is responsible for your gut health, internal regulation, neural functioning, sleep cycles, etc. Let’s become strong in mind and body.
An Article By Evie Louise
Evie Louise is a recent psychology graduate from New York University. She is a certified in International Cannabinoid Clinical Therapy. Evie sees all forms of the cannabis sativa plant as the future of psychiatry, and hopes to use it in her therapy practice as a full spectrum approach to mental health and wellness.