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 a meditation session.
What is Meditation
Meditation is sitting or lying still and thinking of nothing for 15-20 minutes. You don’t think about the past or the future; you are. It’s the direct act and practice of being present. Studies have shown that meditating daily for 15-20 minutes is good for mental health. By focusing your mind on one thing, you get many cognitive benefits. Noticeable effects include significantly reducing your stress and frustration. In addition, 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 how you think and approach the world, which 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 similar because you’re also following a process and focusing on one thing (enjoying the cigar). The simple act of practice puts you in a meditative state.
Typically, you’ll start your ritual when you come home from work in the hot summer. But, first, you decide it’s time to unwind and 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, and the cigar ritual has begun.
As soon as you start, your brain begins to slow down. As a result, you spend the next 30-60 minutes in a meditative state.
Good Cigar Experience vs. Activity
Smoking a good cigar is not meditative during specific situations. When you treat cigar smoking as an activity rather than an experience, you will not experience the reflective effects. For example, 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 than to calm yourself down with a good cigar. So the next time someone gives you trouble for smoking a cigar, tell them, “Hey! Be quiet! I’m meditating here.”