Marijuana and Happiness
I honestly, I love to smoke weed. I dont like to get high really, but I enjoy smoking it. It is something I would consider makes me happy, like going for walks, or playing with children or showing love towards a pet. Smoking weed (not nessicarily getting high) makes me happy. Now if we are suppost to follow our bliss, and smoking weed makes me happy, then is smoking weed really a problem? whats your take on this HEthens?
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If it makes YOU happy don’t let anyone tell you you shouldn’t. For me, it broadens my mind and helps me get a more objective view on myself, which helps me to be a better person. And its really fun! It’s better to not smoke too much though, like all things moderation is key.
@kellah, I think bliss is different than happiness. Happiness is dependent on circumstances. It’s like an addiction to certain external events. Has to do with dopamine being released. In your case why would smoking marijuana be any different than getting happy from watching tv or anything like that? Bliss/peace/joy is deeper to me and not dependent on external things. Nothing wrong with smoking but if you need it to be happy, to me that’s not bliss
That’s pretty much the important part. I really love weed and I’ve smoked the stuff for a few years now, but I’ve found that the more I take it in moderation, the better my life is.
It’s easy to be drooling-at-the-mouth stoned all the time and think you’re happy, but sometimes it’s hard to be productive and aware when you’re that messed up, which reduces overall happiness.
Yeah I agree with the moderation remark you made. I try not to live by it, because being of sober mind has benefits. You particularly don’t want to base your happiness on any one object or activity, that ephemeral. Like Mikey said, bliss is inner joy, I believe that’s something we should all strive to attain
@mikeyw829, that actually makes great sense. I guess bliss would be a much more powerful feeing. Happiness would be something I enjoy to do, rather than en extreem emotional state. Would you say that bliss would be doing something you love so much it makes you want to cry?
@kellah, Bliss isn’t an emotional state at all. It’s a state of mind. The difference between the two is that the latter comes from within, not from without. If you’re looking for something outside yourself to provide you with extreme bliss, try heroine or something… I’m kidding but do you see what I’m saying? There is nothing preventing you from being at peace and joyful right now, unless you think there is. But ultimately there isnt. Especially if your life is relatively stable right now, you might as well be blissful.
If you are in the right state of mind, the rest falls into place. You don’t have to go searching for bliss. I think it’s an illusion to think that your circumstances are what make you happy. They might to some extent, but thats no more than an addiction due to chemicals being produced in the brain when something “good” happens. People who live like that are at the mercy of superficial desires and really arent in control of how they feel. They think they are merely their emotions. Emotions are important, but ultimately aren’t who you are. They occur on the level of mind and thought. And you can’t change emotions on the level of emotions. You have to Go beyond them That’s where state of mind comes in. So you’re state of mind (bliss/peace/joy whatever you want to call it) comes purely from within yourself. And you reflect that to the world through what you do in the world. So I think the statement “find your bliss” is kind of misleading.
@kellah, It makes me happy because I feel like more of myself. My ancient memory returns. I had an amazing trip last. I was in the flow of other pagans uniting at a Halloween/Hallowmas party. People were drumming beautifully in the basement. I was able to chill-lax in the scene and express who I was in the moment, without saying a word. I imagined myself presiding over the festivities as some primal elder. It seemed that we were at home in our own skin and witnessing an omnipresent moment.