Hi, welcome to Maps Of The Mind. I’m John.
Maps Of The Mind is a blog to share my thoughts and experiences, a place to write about things that interest me and that I think will be useful to others. I consider myself a student of life and live on a quest for adventure, growth and self realisation. I hope you’ll find something here to help you on your way.
Here are some of the more popular posts to get you started…
How To Make The Most Of Your 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Course – A 10-Day Vipassana course is a great thing to do if you’re serious about meditation. This is a post about what you can expect and how to make the most if your course.
The Best Free Guided Meditation Resources Online – If you’re new to meditation, guided meditations are a great place to start, offering instructions to help you learn. Here is a list of the best free resources that I’ve found online.
10 Ways To Develop Your Meditation Practice – Looking to go improve your mindfulness, learn more, or strengthen your meditation practice? Here are my top ten ways that I’ve found to develop a meditation practice.
My Hesitation On The Microdosing Trend – My thoughts and concerns on the growing popularity of microdosing.
‘Spiritual Atheist’ Sam Harris on the Mind-Expanding Power of Psychedelics – Do psychedelics really have the power to open minds? Best-selling author Sam Harris shares his view.
6 Reasons You Might Take Psychedelic Drugs – I grew up with a negative image of all drugs, including psychedelics. To redress the balance, here’s a rundown of some of the positive effects of psychedelics.
User’s Guide: Taking San Pedro in Peru – Information about taking the mescaline containing cactus in Peru.
User’s Guide: Picking Peyote – Read this if you’re planning on harvesting peyote. I’ve included a step-by-step on how to remove the cactus from the ground without further endangering the at risk species.
Experiences & Trip Reports:
4 Days On LSD: Daily Microdosing from the Desert of Chile to the Salt Flats of Bolivia – A detailed report of my micro/metho-dosing experiment on a road trip through the desert, taking acid for four consecutive days.
1st Time on LSD: Tripping on Lake Titicaca – A mix of a blog and a report, this details the first time experience of my friend Sophie’s first time taking LSD, a trip we shared together in Bolivia.
Mystical Cactus In The Sacred Valley Of The Incas – One of my best ever trips was taking San Pedro in Peru. I still look back on this one with great fondness and gratitude.
Lysergic Waves On The Sands Of Uruguay – Another one of my favourites, cycling to a deserted beach on a tab of acid and pondering language and perception.
Elusive Ayahuasca Part 1 : Part 2 : Part 3 – – A three-part series on my week long stay at an ayahuasca retreat centre on the edge of the amazon rainforest. 3 ceremonies and 15 cups in the Santo Daime tradition.
How Living Abroad Taught Me About The Country I Left – Travel can change our perceptions on all manner of things, including our own countries.
The Ultimate Stoner’s Destination: Amsterdam vs. Colorado – Guest post comparing the two cities for a weed lover’s vacation.
Uruguay & Legal Weed – A Stoned Traveller’s Paradise? – Uruguay was the first country in the world to (re) legalise weed. But it wasn’t quite what I expected. So what is the reality there?
Hacking Creativity: Shortcut To A Creative Mental State – Want to know how to hack creativity and get ‘in the zone’? Enter an optimal state of consciousness where you feel and perform better? Here’s a cheap, simple, and effective hack.
Fuck Mainstream Culture, Escape The Matrix: Live YOUR Life – Take ownership of your life, what media you consume and how you spend your time. It has a profoud effect on your life.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your stay.
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