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About the Center for Mindful Use

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.

Topics for discussion include the social, medical, spiritual, cultural, recreational, legal and historical foundations of cannabis and the "best practices" for its reintroduction into modern society.

Unless otherwise noted, gatherings take place in the Forum de Freedom, located at 100 Maple Street, Suite B, Bellingham, Washington. (The Forum is located behind the Satori Cannabis Boutique, about a block northwest from the Bellingham Farmer's Market. Please note that CMU and Satori are separate; you cannot gain entrance to CMU’s events through Satori. Please enter at CMU’s separate side entrance -- just Over the Rainbow Bridge -- located on Cornwall Avenue.) All events are free unless otherwise indicated, though love donations for our teachers and mission are gratefully accepted. More information can also be found on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/centerformindfuluse/).

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 under the terms of our lease. That said, cannabis users, of course, 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.

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Crystal Bowl Monday Meditation

Forum de Freedom

Whether you are new to meditation or a veteran "sitter," please join us every Monday evening in Bellingham's Forum de Freedom as the CMU community gathers to practice mental stillness. Meditation unites mind, body and spirt, helping one tap into the deep state of relaxation, peace — and sometimes inspiration! — that exists within all of us. Our Monday Night Meditation could not be more simple. We meet. We greet. We take a seat. And we finish before 7p. :) This is not a meditation class, but during the "greet" we can share meditation practices that may assist those new to meditation. Our general practice is to meditate with the assistance of our beautiful Crystal Singing Bowl. (Similar to this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_xAmpNxkOE).) You can read about the benefits some have received from crystal bowl meditation here: http://elevatedlasvegas.com/benefits-healing-crystal-singing-bowls/ Please arrive by 5:55pm so we can begin promptly at 6. Doors will be locked shortly after our meditation begins to minimize disturbance to other sitters. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your favorite meditation pillow (we do have a few first-come/first-serve loaners) or plan to use a chair. It all works. And it's all free. (Inspired love donations always gratefully accepted.) Facilitated by CMU Director Mike Hiestand. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. _______________ Some have found mindful cannabis use an aid to meditation, helping calm the "monkey mind" and ground oneself in the present moment. 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 that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted by our lease.

Mindful Doodling, Coloring, and Drawing

Forum de Freedom at CMU

Unwind and unplug from the day and reconnect with your higher self through mindful doodling and drawing! Studies have shown that drawing, doodling, and even coloring, can reduce stress and activate the pleasure/reward centers in the brain. Being creative can also be meditative and create space to safely sit with difficult emotions and help with problem-solving. This is a safe, accepting 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. You’re here for you! So come as you are, no prior drawing/creative experience needed. Some supplies will be provided, e.g., paper, colored pencils, pens, graphite pencils, but you are encouraged to bring materials you feel comfortable using. If you’re not feeling up to drawing or doodling, feel free to use the provided coloring sheets. Rachel provides some general guidance at the beginning of each session, then we draw/doodle either with music or in silence for an hour, and can open up about our experience for the remainder. Free. Inspired Love Donations gratefully accepted at the door. (Suggested $5-10 to help cover supplies.) ** **** 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. Rachel is an artist, writer and marketer. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in metalsmithing and makes multimedia sculptures, costumes, and wearable art. Her professional writing/marketing portfolio can be found at http://rachellynbloom.com. Her art work can be viewed on her phone. Please encourage her to finish her art website. _____ 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.

Marijuana for Health

Forum de Freedom at CMU

Join us for practical information and support for using cannabis in our lives for overall health and specific medical needs. I am a retired RN who continues to live with severe pain. My goal is to create an environment for learning and support that is full of reputable resources that inspire each of us to further explore for our individual needs. Please feel free to send specific questions, topics or speaker suggestions. Keep in mind that the subject is thousands of years old but new to our contemporary science. This group will be dynamic since we do not have a specific template other than to expect and embrace evolution. Thank you for your interest. I am hopeful for the future — at least with cannabis. We meet every 4th Tuesday. Free. Schedule of Topics: March 26th—THC & CBD April 23rd—Choosing the Right Strain May 28th—Ways to Use MMJ June 25th—MMJ Law & Safety July 23rd—Costs and Budgeting August 27th—MMJ, Fear and Stigma Please check mindfuluse.org for last-minute schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive automatic updates. _____ 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.

Conscious Free-Form Dance

Forum de Freedom

We gather every Tuesday night in downtown Bellingham for an inviting community event of free-form movement! Ages 18 and up. All bodies, abilities and diverse experiences welcome. Leave shoes & conversation at the door. Move however you wish! Conscious Free-form Dance is free-form movement to great music; movement that feels right in the moment rather than dancing to ‘look good’; dancing like you might in your living room alone but with other people doing the same; a mood-boosting cardio workout. It relieves stress, and it’s meditative. (Here's a good, short video if you're new to conscious dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5st-JANR7x0) Join us in releasing and rejoicing, moving our bodies, listening deeply and gently, being with yourself inwardly as well as dancing in community in a safe and sacred space. Much healing can happen when we listen to the wisdom of our bodies and allow those stuck places in us to loosen and let go and move through us and out. Absolutely no experience in dance needed. Many first time dancers report finding a new sense of freedom or movement in this safe and accepting dance environment. Wear comfy clothes, bring a water bottle and a hand towel if you tend to sweat a lot when you dance hard. Free. Inspired Love Donations gratefully accepted at the door. (Suggested $10.) Drop-ins welcome, as space permits. Doors open at 7:15 for warmup. Dance facilitated by Moraya Morningstar Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. ____________________ 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, being fully responsible for themselves. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

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Sacred Sexuality Bellingham

Forum de Freedom at CMU

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