Why I Quit Smoking Weed After 10 Years

Out & In The Open

I never thought in a million years I’d ever openly talk about my marijuana usage with people publicly but here we are! Smoking weed and being high always made me feel stupid and embarrassed to talk about although its increasingly becoming more accepted into society. My natural feelings towards that, I believe were a foreshadow of me eventually quitting. I never struggled with addiction like some do because personally it was just a matter of me quitting a hobby. Luckily, I don’t crave smoking weed and am completely done smoking it.

This video was not made to convince anyone to stop smoking. I just wanted to share how it effected my life and why I decided to quit. If society begins to start legalizing it widely, we need to invest in funding research on how the substance will effect us long term. It’s frightening to use something and not know how it truly effects us inside and out. There is a lot of misinformation out there! I believe I saw the effects of it long term and have decided to quit because of those reasons. How we decide to live our lives is a personal choice and I respect others decisions. It’s in my hopes that every person chooses to live in what they consider their best and healthiest version of life. It wouldn’t make sense not to live that way unless we aren’t educated on how to be the healthiest and best form of ourselves. I understand that people struggle because of this but by sharing my personal story I also hope it sheds light in perspective on how to live at your highest level of consciousness.

Love & Light

Raven

How to Balance Energy

Practice Makes Perfect

The collective energy feels frantic but persevering today. There may be a million things to do and not enough time but any amount of work is still progress! With that being said, it may be difficult to work because your energy is off. Today I sensed there was a need to remind you to practice balance. So, I whipped up a little guide on one of my personal rituals that could help balance your energy anywhere you are!

There are many ways to manipulate your energy if it feels frantic and is disrupting your flow. Today, I’m just going to share one but there are many different practices out there. This little ritual I have when this happens to me may seem silly  (because you have a mental block) or like you’re not doing it right, but once you start practicing you’ll get back in your proper energy flow for the day. You may even have to do it multiple times in one day, but it works! Be patient and take your time when practicing. Your body will adjust with the ritual with time. 

This is something I personally thought was stupid when I first tried it but the more I practiced, the more it helped me! Remember, tis the Taurus season to slow down. We’ll get to where we’re goin, we just have to take care of ourselves first!

Love & Light

Raven

Beginner’s Guide to Holistic Healing

There are many ways to treat disease or illness and I’m a firm believer in a person being able to heal holistically. This means, I believe holistic healing can cure the most deadliest diseases, such as cancer and AIDS. To some of you, this idea may sound absolutely crazy. Trust me, a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed or listened about holistic healing either. However, because of the growth of alternative medicine I’ve struck an extreme interest in it. This interest has allowed me to study and explore the possibilities beyond conventional medicine.

This interest doesn’t mean I don’t use or believe in conventional medicine! It simply means I believe there are various forms of healing. It’s up to the person to choose how they’d like to cope or heal with their illness. There is no wrong or right way. I’d like to share why I think others should be more open to holistic healing hence the blog post. Holistic medicine is a ‘form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness’. There’s a huge difference between conventional medicine and holistic medicine! Holistic medicine isn’t just about sniffing herbs and doing yoga.. please don’t be fooled by stereotypes.

What’s the difference between Holistic & Conventional medicine?

Holistic medicine involves finding and healing the cause of condition rather than solely alleviating the symptoms. Holistic treatments are based off lifestyle factors and medicinal factors that might be contributing to an illness. Holistic healers can administer conventional medicine but their focus is mainly through natural healing treatments.

The philosophy behind holistic medicine is to maintain or gain proper balance in life. If your health is malfunctioning physically, emotionally, or spiritually it creates an imbalance in overall health. With holistic medicine, we view illness or disease as an imbalance. This imbalance is NOT based around the “chemical imbalance theory“. The holistic imbalance is the idea of a human being made up of different parts that all connect in order to maintain health. When one part is ill, the other parts also begin to struggle.

Modern medicine is designed to treat specific illness and not promote optimal health. Think about all the different types of specialist in conventional medicine such as heart, brain doctors, foot, lungs and more. When seeing a specialist, they typically focus on one aspect of the body. Specialist may then be seen as not addressing the entire health of the patient. After being treated with conventional medicine illness or disease may come back more often due to lack of balanced health practices.

Knowing Your Options

An individual has the choice of treatment with their illness. For some, we’re unaware of how many choices we actually have. Parents teach us how to care for ourselves and we use that knowledge for the rest of our lives. Parents often teach home remedies but they also instruct when one should seek medical care. Unfortunately, medical care we’re taught to seek by our parents may not always be the best option! Growing up, our parents also might’ve not known all medical care options outside of heavily popularized and normalized treatments. When ideas are more widely accepted, we as a society trust that acknowledgement. For example, how many times in your life have you heard to treat an upset stomach with gingerale or sprite? As a child, I knew that it wasn’t helping my stomach but drinking a soda boosted my mood. Now that I look back on it, it was probably just the sugar!

Everyone has issues but knowing how to go about solving them is different for each individual. Because there are a variety of ways to treat disease and illness, there is little evidence in what may be the best suitable option. The best option is to find a permanent solution to sickness and maintain overall health! Using pharmaceutical drugs is not always a permanent solution. Without any form of holistic healing being applied the patient will always be dependent on medicine for functionality or relief. Therefor, never being fully cured or maintaining overall health.

Consider Holistic Healing

Holistic medicine is considered alternative medicine in the United States but is normalized and widely used all over the world today. Many people who question holistic healing are typically uninformed or misinformed. Holistic healing is rapidly growing and becoming more popular because of our current health crises in the United States.

Alternative medicines are that they are typically less expensive and don’t require insurance. It’s important to do research before seeking any medical treatment. Here is a list of holistic treatments and practices in order to give you some ideas about alternative medicine. Don’t knock any method until you’ve tried it consistently!


Types of Holistic Medicine:

Hypnosis

Aromatherapy

Reiki

Electromagnetic therapy

Sound Healing

Acupressure

Balneotherapy

Homeopathy

Acupuncture

Massage

Meditation

Yoga

Naturopathy

Reflexology

Quigong

Ayurvedic Medicine

There are other forms of holistic medicine, but I hope that by sharing a few here you consider trying at least one! Even if you don’t feel as if you have an imbalance and are quite healthy, practicing any of these methods regularly will help maintain your overall health.

Also, one last thing before you go, I announced on my instagram a few weeks ago that I was planning on opening a business. That business/store will definitely be based around holistic healing and more. I’ve been working on it as much as I can in my free time and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

 with love,

Raven

Sources:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/health_medicine/alternative_medicine/

https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/what-is-holistic-medicine#1

https://greatist.com/health/alternative-medicine-therapies-explained

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https://500px.com/sbkstudiolahn

https://www.instagram.com/matt_henry_photo/