The Meditative Effect of a Good Cigar
When you finish smoking a cigar, you feel calm afterward. It’s the same feeling you get after meditating for 20 minutes. When your entire focus and attention is on your cigar, you get in a meditative state. Smoking a good cigar distracts your busy mind and lets you make simple mental connections. You become present as you smoke your cigar, like that of a meditation session.
What is Meditation
Meditation is the act of sitting or lying still and thinking of nothing for 15-20 minutes. You don’t think about the past or the future, you simply are. It’s the direct act and practice of being present. Studies have shown that meditating for 15-20 minutes a day is good for your mental health. By focusing your mind on one thing, you get many mental benefits. Noticeable effects include significantly reducing your stress and frustration. Your focus and concentration improve and your tolerance for pain increases.
The act of being present is a technique to clear your mind. It silences your ego and helps you deal with negative feelings such as fear, anger, and sadness. Meditation boils down to clearing your mind of busy and distracting thoughts. You become mindful of your surroundings and how you react to your surroundings. The more you engage in meditative processes, the more you change the way you think and approach the world. This is why you do some of your best thinking while enjoying a good cigar.
Good Cigar Smoking Ritual
In a meditation ritual, you sit down, dim the lights, put some meditation music on, and focus on one thing. When you finish, you will feel calm and live in the present moment. Cigar smoking rituals are very similar because you’re also following a process and focusing on one thing (enjoying the cigar). The simple act of doing a ritual puts you in a meditative state.
Typically, you’ll probably start your ritual when you come home from work, in the hot summer. You decide it’s time to unwind and you go check your stock in your humidor.
You grab one of your top-shelf cigars.
You take in that first puff.
You smell the natural aroma.
This is the cigar ritual.
As soon as you start, your brain begins to slow down. You spend the next 30-60 minutes in a meditative state.
Good Cigar Experience vs. Activity
You might argue that smoking a good cigar is not meditative during certain situations. This is one-hundred percent true. When you treat cigar smoking as an activity, rather than an experience, you will not experience the meditative effects. When you go out and play golf, and smoke while you play, smoking becomes an activity. It’s something you’re doing. You’re thinking about your golf game, about your next shot. You’re living in the future and analyzing your game. When you’re sitting on your porch, with a top-shelf cigar, it’s an experience. When you’re focused on enjoying your cigars, you’re not thinking about the past or future. You’re in the present, enjoying the current experience.
There’s nothing better at the end of a day than to calm yourself down with a good cigar. The next time someone gives you trouble for smoking a cigar, tell them “Hey! Be quiet! I’m meditating here.”