The mind is a good fisherman

The mind is a good fisherman – don’t take the bait

The mind always needs to be thinking about something. Solving some problem. Remembering some memory or envisioning the future.   It’s always coming up with some new thought. Trying to bait me into thinking. This was one of my biggest takeaways from the first time that I did a 10-Day Vipassana retreat - when you … Continue reading The mind is a good fisherman – don’t take the bait

Meditation Gratitude Self Love

My meditation for gratitude and self love

My favorite part of every 10-Day Vipassana Meditation retreat is at the end, when you learn to practice a technique called “Metta”, or peace loving kindness meditation.  In a nutshell, I like to look at it as a meditation on gratitude, forgiveness, and love - for myself, for my friends and family, and for the … Continue reading My meditation for gratitude and self love

Trying to stop thinking is like telling the ocean to stop making waves

Trying to stop thinking is like telling the ocean to stop making waves

In many meditation practices there is a misconception that there is a need to “stop thinking” or “clear the mind” - that you will eventually reach a state of thoughtlessness with enough practice.  I believe that this is an unrealistic goal and the primary reason why most beginning meditators get frustrated. Clearing the mind is … Continue reading Trying to stop thinking is like telling the ocean to stop making waves

The effects vs. the power of psychedelic plant medicines

I recently had the opportunity to partake in a 4-day shamanic ceremony in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This article is part of the larger story, if you would like to read the full version that includes discovering my spirit animal and Ayahuasca, you can do so here. Context: A lot of people take  psychedelic substances because they want to "trip". They want to have some funky visions, think a bit differently, and have a fun experience they can tell their friends about. The same  can be said about many people who … Continue reading The effects vs. the power of psychedelic plant medicines