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The 5 minute 'Health' read - Psychedelics, recent research (February)

I read a fair amount of research and thought some people might be interested in recent studies that I've found helpful.  I plan to write an approximately 1,200 word (5 minutes to read) blog post pretty much every week, highlighting helpful material that has emerged in the previous couple of months.  I'll rotate through six topic areas ... Lifestyle, Positive Psychology, Relationships, Ageing, Psychedelics, and Meditation.  I also plan to write occasional posts where I go into more detail about particular related subject areas. 

Here, for example, are ... Psychedelics abstracts mostly published in the last few weeks.

McAlpine, R. G., G. Blackburne, et al. (2024). Development and psychometric validation of a novel scale for measuring ‘psychedelic preparedness’. Scientific Reports 14(1): 3280.   

The 5 minute 'Health' read - Background

I read a fair amount of research and thought some people might be interested in recent studies that I've found helpful.  I plan to write a brief approximately 1,200 word (5 minute read) newsletter/blog post pretty much every week, highlighting helpful material that has emerged in the previous couple of months.  I'll rotate through six topic areas ... Lifestyle, Positive Psychology, Relationships, Ageing, Psychedelics, and Meditation.  I also plan to write occasional posts where I go into more detail about particular related subject areas. 

Pastoral Foundation Workshop - August '23

“ Fear is the mind-killer ... I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. ” - Bene Gesserit "Litany against Fear" from Dune by Frank Herbert

Pastoral Foundation Workshop - August '23

Psychedelic integration - another take on a lifelong challenge

 

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."                                      Friedrich Nietzsche

"When I get to heaven, they will not ask me 'Why were you not Moses?'.  They will ask 'Why were you not Susya?  Why did you not become what only you could become?'"                    Susya, a Hasidic rabbi

Trip-sitting for a dear friend: after

Happiness is a kind of gratitude; it is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy what we have that really counts.  - E. Edwards

                        Trip-sitting for a dear friend: after

                               "No man was ever wise by chance."   Lucius Seneca

"You have to practice for a long time before you can learn to sound like yourself."   Miles Davis

Trip-sitting for a dear friend: during

“ If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito. ” - Anonymous

                         Trip-sitting for a dear friend: during

              "I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance."   Pablo Casals

"Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new."   U Le Guin

Trip-sitting for a dear friend: before

“ Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. ” - Rainer Maria Rilke

               

                  Trip-sitting for a dear friend: before

               "Who will prefer the jingle of jade pendants if he once has heard stone growing in a cliff?"   Lao Tzu

I'm just off to the Netherlands with a dear friend.  They're planning to take psychedelic truffles and have asked me to 'trip-sit' for them.  Thinking about the different things I can do to support them, I came up with the somewhat 'clunky' acronym IDSPM. It stands for Information, Discussion, Safety, Practicalities & Measurement.  

Psychedelics: a group retreat - the ceremony, integration & follow-up.

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love.

- Margaret Atwood

     Psychedelics: a group retreat - the ceremony, integration & follow-up

                     "Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit."   Aristotle 

The previous posts in this sequence are 'Psychedelics: a group retreat - initial thoughtsand 'Psychedelics: a group retreat - meeting up, orientation & the ceremony' 

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