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

How to not give a fuck

Training the “how to not give a fuck” muscle

I’ve recently come to the conclusion that meditation is actually a giant exercise in not giving a fuck. Instead of trying to clear your mind, meditation is actually all about how to give less fucks about the thoughts going through your head.  To watch a thought rise up, and have the ability to say “nah … Continue reading Training the “how to not give a fuck” muscle

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Bring it back – Building the Present Moment Muscle

Today I want to clarify an important point about meditation. For some reason there is an idea that meditation means to “stop thinking” or to “clear the mind”. I've met many people who try meditation for the first time and have this perception of thoughtlessness…and then when they try and notice their mind racing they … Continue reading Bring it back – Building the Present Moment Muscle

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Your body is an ocean of feelings – Learn how to surf the waves

Everyone who meditates has a different reason why they do it. Some do it to calm down their anxiety ridden monkey minds. Others do it to experience altered states of consciousness. Others do it because they think it will be a performance enhancer.  Personally, I like to look at it as a simple check-in. An … Continue reading Your body is an ocean of feelings – Learn how to surf the waves