Numbers of scientific studies have already proven how beneficial microdosing is. You can also find research about the power of meditation and how it can help individuals enjoy a better mindset. But how about combining the two?
The reality that we have today requires us to work very hard – exhaustively. Life becomes very stressful and new problems arise every day. We work overtime to pay our bills and sometimes, our bosses don’t appreciate our value as an employee. There are also times when even our loved ones become the source of our burdens and sufferings. All these things can lead to burnout and we lose sight of our goals, dreams, and ambitions.
The Power of Microdosing
Fortunately, we can do something about it. There are ways and methods we can apply for us to experience a happier and less stressful life. If you search the Internet today, you’ll find different books, seminars, and medicines that can provide relief against stress and anxiety. And one of the most effective ways of improving your mood and mindset is through microdosing.
There are a lot of people all over the world today who are ingesting mushrooms (psilocybin) or LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) to improve their mood. Psychedelics have become very popular during the 60s and it’s used for both recreational and therapeutic effects. Since there is little research about psychedelics at that time, people enjoy hallucinogenic trips instead of microdosing. A full-blown LSD or mushroom trip can last from 5 hours to 16 hours.
But because of research and new studies, users have somehow learned how to tame psychedelics. Microdosing became popular and used by many people all around the world. Instead of experiencing hallucinogenic effects, through microdosing, the mind-altering effects of psychedelics are minimized. And what’s left is creativity and improved focus.
The truth is, even Silicon Valley creatives, engineers, and geniuses began employing LSD or psychedelic microdose. It has become a safer alternative to Adderall. However, during the 60s and 70s, psychedelics have suffered from an unpleasant and unhealthy stigma. Hence, research studies were quite limited. But times are changing, people are now starting to realize the full potential of microdosing.
Many studies suggest that it’s very effective in providing relief against depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and even stress. And interestingly, these effects can also be found in meditation or mindfulness.
The Art of Meditation
In some cultures, meditation or mindfulness has become a way to treat stress, anxiety, fear, and other mental illnesses. Many doctors all over the world advise their patients to practice mindfulness to reduce their stress and anxiety levels. Although meditation is not hallucinogenic, it’s proven to improve and raise awareness. Some religions all over the world, such as Buddhism, practice meditation to open their mind. Meditation brings about new insights, helping people gain more wisdom about their selves and others.
Some say that meditation is a hack, just like microdosing. It helps the individual become more calm, relaxed, and able to control their mood. And indeed, meditation is one way of harnessing your mind. It clears your thoughts and helps you set focus on things that matter most. No wonder why modern people are now learning the art of meditation. You can find many apps and software today that can teach more about meditation. Calmness and serenity through mediation are now easier to achieve – thanks to technology.
Combining Microdosing and Meditation
But what happens if you combine microdosing and meditation? While mediation gives you the ability to harness your mind, microdosing improves your thoughts, focus, and creativity. Is it even possible to combine these two and experience greater benefits? And if microdosing and mediation share almost the same benefits, why choose both? Now, while it’s true that microdosing and meditation offer myriads of benefits, there is quite a difference.
Remember that different individuals react to different chemicals. Not all people will experience a positive reaction to psychedelics. LSD is synthetic and frequent consumption of it can be harmful to your health. Although it provides an energizing effect, for some people, time and perception distortion can be quite dangerous and even harmful. If you don’t want to risk experiencing time distortion or even “bad trips”, then it’s recommended that you go with meditation instead of microdosing.
A study was conducted back in 2018 by Yale University and Mass General, researchers stated that combining microdosing and meditation can be quite beneficial. However, this depends on the individual. Because the truth is, not all individuals understand properly meditation and not all people enjoy microdosing. While researchers suggested that those who practiced meditation and have taken a small dose of psychedelic have enjoyed great mental health benefits, but still, it depends on the individual.
If you’re looking for ways on how to improve your cognitive performance and focus, then you should try out combining microdosing and meditation. However, if you don’t like taking psychedelics, then meditation or mindfulness should suffice.
Tips When Combining Microdosing and Meditation
As mentioned earlier, it’s really up to the individual how he or she wants to enjoy microdosing or meditation. If you’re contemplating on combining the two, then you must find a comfortable place where you can do it. Controlling the environment is very important when taking psychedelics. It’s recommended that you choose a quiet place. You can do it in a park, in your room, office, or even inside the airplane. Just make sure that you feel safe.
It’s also recommended that you learn and master meditation first. The good news is, there are lots of books, seminars, and even tutorials on the web that can help you become an effective meditator. Be sure as well that you check out apps or software that will serve as your guide as you try to do meditation.
You might know someone who has tried combining microdosing and meditation before. It’s smart and advisable that you ask for tips and pieces of advice from these people. Ask them what you need to do and what things you need to avoid when microdosing and meditating at the same time.
The key to successfully pulling this off is research. Read books and make sure that you feel comfortable doing it. When it doubt and if you think that you’re not ready, then don’t be too hard on yourself. Wait for the right time and enjoy every moment. After all, you’re doing it to relieve stress and anxiety. Keep a positive mood and remember to always do good things to yourself and others.