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hookah bars, hookah calm and respecting hookah.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by Abraham Appel

Originally published on Hypnosis tobacco website.

Hookah smoking is  also a spiritual activity. And how you approach your time smoking shisha, and the enviroment you decide to smoke Hookah in may affect how you approach your life. How you feel inside.

The famous quote for Hookah smokers says that cigaret smokers are fast paced and tense while hookah smokers are calmer. But most hookah smokers today are hookah bar smokers. They don’t make their own hookah. how is that different than cigaret smoking?

It was even more recent that hookah bars opened.

And even more recent that Hookah bars took on the loud music, over TV’s playing, with the expensive prices fast food feeling we enjoy today.

hookah bar at lunch in India

Hookah bars in tradition were friends smoking at the days end. Or time alone to think.

hookah on roof.

In NY in the early 1900’s a hookah bar was a place where Immigrants would reconnect with others just arriving and those in the same upward struggle.  But mostly a Hookah was something you brought out to appreciate a conversation in your house or in your neighborhood.

To truly appreciate hookah we must look at our surroundings and those we are smoking with to decide its spiritual effects on us. Hookah bars are not the tradition. And with the noise, and with us now not even making our own hookahs; smoking Hookah tobacco has become no better than fast food for some.

And if you look at many of the people you are smoking with regularly you may notice that they are looking tired, tense, and getting more broke and are not connected to their Hookah because they only smoke in these hookah bars.

Smoking hookah is a time to let the sounds of the air pulling up the Shisha and bringing reflections of the day to rise up. Let the hookah and silence help inspire the mind to go deeper. Relax. Let the pressures fade away. Maybe even find some new life and energy by slowing down and believe things will get better if you are going through those rough patches. And most importantly make a hookah and appreciate what you made.


Hookah schoolen. Random hookah facts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2009 by Abraham Appel

Hookah bars popularity is at an all time high in the United States. But Hookah bars started off as a cultural connection for the many new immigrants that were coming to America about a century ago.

The first hookah bar was in the immigrant quarters of new York City and Los Angeles at the same time about a century to 70 years ago.

Today most Americans experience the sleek and modernistic Night life Hookah Lounges of American hookah culture. But there is still a lot of the traditional small and plain old bright light-filled cafe smoken going on. Anyone who really wants to understand hookah culture should go to one of these Arab and plain hookah bars. But be respectful. Shisha traditionally has a spacial emphasis on respect of elders, respect of building and respect of effort by the workers. Go to have a good convo and a buzz not a party. Listen more than you speak.

Not because you have to but because it would be appreciated and in more traditional hookah bars its polite and respected if you ease your way into the social scene.