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About the Center for Mindful Use

We are a nonprofit unincorporated association (ie, a group :) ) committed to cannabis education and community wellness. (We especially love when all of that blends together.)

Cannabis is now legal and available in a growing number of areas. It is not for everyone. But if you choose to use it — or are considering doing so — the Center for Mindful Use (http://www.whatcomtalk.com/2017/09/07/bellinghams-center-for-mindful-use/) (CMU) provides a safe, free and fun place to talk with and learn with others about how to do so mindfully.

For the last century, forced into the shadows, a great deal has been said and written about "marijuana." As a plant used by humans for millennia, there is much more to share. Cannabis is ready for new spokespeople and the nonprofit CMU is a place for those speakers to say what they need to say.

CMU is also a gathering place for those living near downtown Bellingham, Washington, located in the very far upper-left hand corner of the U.S. "Lower 48." The Forum de Freedom, the space in which we meet, is an important, even sacred, space to the many who regularly gather to meditate and stretch and pose and dance and intentionally rest and drum and hula hoop and explore and commune — and, of course, breathe.

We are truly located just over the Rainbow Bridge (https://www.whatcomtalk.com/2018/04/19/rainbow-bridge/). :)

We are located at 100 Maple Street, Suite B, Bellingham, Washington. We are directly behind the Satori Cannabis Boutique. The Center's entrance is kitty-corner to 1111 Cornwall Ave., which is about a block northwest from the Bellingham Farmer's Market.

All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Love donations for our teachers and the Center's mission are gratefully accepted.

Some CMU programs may be recorded for live Internet streaming and/or archived for later playback. During such events, a limited number of seats will be reserved for our live studio audience members who do not wish to appear on camera.

What about cannabis use as part of CMU events?: Smoking and any other use of cannabis (or any other other controlled substance) in the Forum is currently not permitted. That said, mindful cannabis users, are welcome at all events. We simply ask that guests show up with curious, open hearts and presence. For some, cannabis may provide assistance. For others, it may not. Know and be responsible for thyself.

Upcoming events (5)

ONLINE: Mindful Doodling & Coloring

Forum de Freedom at CMU

Unwind and unplug from the day and reconnect with your higher self through mindful doodling and coloring! Doodling and coloring reduce stress and activate the pleasure/reward centers in the brain. Being creative is a meditative practice and creates space to safely sit with difficult emotions and help with problem-solving. You also develop healthy habits of artistic self-permission while being mindful of your creative needs and playful emotions — all which nurture creativity. This is a safe, accepting online place to explore your creativity and draw closer to yourself. With that in mind, you are encouraged to be present with the act of creating and being and to loosen expectations on results. So come as you are, no prior drawing/creative experience needed. Tutorials and guided meditation are given at the beginning of the class. Resources for downloadable coloring pages and doodle patterns are linked below. ----------------------------------------- At the time of the meeting, click the link below and follow the prompts. JOIN ZOOM MEETING https://zoom.us/j/91174079441?pwd=VWxvaWNvZ09ER3E5RTE0VzY4NWRDdz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Meeting Password: 7Vsrkh ------------------------------------------ RESOURCES Please read through the PDF below of resources for links to patterns, doodling books, and descriptions of the type of supplies you may want to use for doodling and where to safely and affordably find them. PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ojlyacg7npsurmj/List%20of%20Resources-Mindful%20Doodling.pdf?dl=0 TOOLS Some doodling tools will be provided online for downloading and printing such as doodling patterns, blank shapes to doodle in, and coloring sheets. There is also an online folder available filled with patterns from nature to get your inspiration on. Please peruse these folders beforehand to download materials and print them out to be ready to color or doodle! MINDFUL DOODLING FOLDER: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pxdxswf5ttvmh0w/AAA_g0ua-FK46Vs6RBmbrCSya?dl=0 **** Tonight's event is led by Rachel Bloom, a trained artist and self-taught consciousness explorer who provides general direction and a safe, encouraging space for people to just be with their own minds and creativity in the presence of other people on the same journey. _____ Please check mindfuluse.org for last-minute schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update by e-mail. _____ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly”, that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note, however, that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

Online Community Yoga with Tim Walker

Online event

Class will be online until further notice. RSVP for the link to class:). All-levels yoga postures and teachings for the everyday person. Come learn the practice of yoga in simple language. Yoga is a practice that helps us access a state of integration and wholeness inside ourselves. It is not just for the flexible, although it will build flexibility. It is not just for the meditator, although it will teach you to meditate. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. Please bring your own mat if you have one. (Some loaners available.) Props are provided. Please show up on time. Doors will be locked soon after our practice begins to minimize disturbance. Drop-ins welcome. The class is free with inspired love donations gratefully accepted. ($10 suggestion.) Meets every Wednesday. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP if you'd like to receive an automatic update. Guided by Tim Walker. "Since August 2012 I have been cultivating deeply devoted yoga and meditation practices. A Teacher Training Program soon followed as a way to unlock more doors to Self realization and Love. Yoga and Ayurvedic health continue to gift me ever expanding and amazing tools to work with on Life's path. In offering Yoga to our community, I enjoy instructing all ages and levels, with most emphasis on Alignment based, Gentle Flow and Restorative classes. My intention is to show up with authenticity in every moment, allowing space for others to Behold just who they are." You can read more about Tim and his yoga journey at: http://www.whatcomtalk.com/2018/06/14/tim-walker-finding-change-through-yoga/ ______________ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by CMU are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

Online Community Yoga with Tim Walker

Online event

Class will be online until further notice. RSVP for the link to class:). All-levels yoga postures and teachings for the everyday person. Come learn the practice of yoga in simple language. Yoga is a practice that helps us access a state of integration and wholeness inside ourselves. It is not just for the flexible, although it will build flexibility. It is not just for the meditator, although it will teach you to meditate. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. Please bring your own mat if you have one. (Some loaners available.) Props are provided. Please show up on time. Doors will be locked soon after our practice begins to minimize disturbance. Drop-ins welcome. The class is free with inspired love donations gratefully accepted. ($10 suggestion.) Meets every Wednesday. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP if you'd like to receive an automatic update. Guided by Tim Walker. "Since August 2012 I have been cultivating deeply devoted yoga and meditation practices. A Teacher Training Program soon followed as a way to unlock more doors to Self realization and Love. Yoga and Ayurvedic health continue to gift me ever expanding and amazing tools to work with on Life's path. In offering Yoga to our community, I enjoy instructing all ages and levels, with most emphasis on Alignment based, Gentle Flow and Restorative classes. My intention is to show up with authenticity in every moment, allowing space for others to Behold just who they are." You can read more about Tim and his yoga journey at: http://www.whatcomtalk.com/2018/06/14/tim-walker-finding-change-through-yoga/ ______________ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by CMU are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

ONLINE: Mindful Doodling & Coloring

Forum de Freedom at CMU

Unwind and unplug from the day and reconnect with your higher self through mindful doodling and coloring! Doodling and coloring reduce stress and activate the pleasure/reward centers in the brain. Being creative is a meditative practice and creates space to safely sit with difficult emotions and help with problem-solving. You also develop healthy habits of artistic self-permission while being mindful of your creative needs and playful emotions — all which nurture creativity. This is a safe, accepting online place to explore your creativity and draw closer to yourself. With that in mind, you are encouraged to be present with the act of creating and being and to loosen expectations on results. So come as you are, no prior drawing/creative experience needed. Tutorials and guided meditation are given at the beginning of the class. Resources for downloadable coloring pages and doodle patterns are linked below. ----------------------------------------- At the time of the meeting, click the link below and follow the prompts. JOIN ZOOM MEETING https://zoom.us/j/91174079441?pwd=VWxvaWNvZ09ER3E5RTE0VzY4NWRDdz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Meeting Password: 7Vsrkh ------------------------------------------ RESOURCES Please read through the PDF below of resources for links to patterns, doodling books, and descriptions of the type of supplies you may want to use for doodling and where to safely and affordably find them. PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ojlyacg7npsurmj/List%20of%20Resources-Mindful%20Doodling.pdf?dl=0 TOOLS Some doodling tools will be provided online for downloading and printing such as doodling patterns, blank shapes to doodle in, and coloring sheets. There is also an online folder available filled with patterns from nature to get your inspiration on. Please peruse these folders beforehand to download materials and print them out to be ready to color or doodle! MINDFUL DOODLING FOLDER: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pxdxswf5ttvmh0w/AAA_g0ua-FK46Vs6RBmbrCSya?dl=0 **** Tonight's event is led by Rachel Bloom, a trained artist and self-taught consciousness explorer who provides general direction and a safe, encouraging space for people to just be with their own minds and creativity in the presence of other people on the same journey. _____ Please check mindfuluse.org for last-minute schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update by e-mail. _____ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly”, that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note, however, that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

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