Meditation, is a way to control the ‘chimp brain’. The annoying little fucker that gives narrative to your life and judges everything and creates ‘ANTs’ – Automatic Negative Thoughts.
Meditation enables you to dissociate from thoughts and emotions and just watch them go by…
Psychedelic chemicals such as Psilocybin appear to work in a similar way by shutting off the blood flow to parts of the brain which create the concept of ‘the self’ and the ego. Combine the 2 and you can learn a lot about yourself and at the same time see the world without your ego…which is normally a good thing.
There is some amazing recent research on the topic, including this study carried out in 2016.
High-dose psilocybin produced large decreases in clinician- and self-rated measures of depressed mood and anxiety, along with increases in quality of life, life meaning, and optimism, and decreases in death anxiety. At 6-month follow-up, these changes were sustained, with about 80% of participants continuing to show clinically significant decreases in Depressed Mood and anxiety. Participants attributed improvements in attitudes about life/self, mood, relationships, and spirituality to the high-dose experience, with >80% endorsing moderately or greater increased well-being/life satisfaction.
Psychedelics are quite oddly, interlinked with many MMA fighters, probably thanks to Joe Rogan!
Here’s former UFC fighter Dan Hardy talking about his experiences with mushrooms and ayahuasca: