When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
Last month, I talked about New Year’s Resolutions and Our Immunity to Change so I was very intrigued when I read the title of Michael Pollan’s new book: How to Change Your Mind- What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence. Michael Pollan has written 5 New York Times best sellers including Food Rules; In Defense of Food; and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He teaches at Harvard and at U.C. Berkeley; he presented his book last May at Talks at Google and he has been selected to speak at the 2019 edition of Wisdom 2.0 conference which I will be attending next March. So despite my initial reluctance to engage with the topic, I not only read the book but I am now writing about it here.
As we approach the end of a year and the beginning of a new one, it’s typical and traditional to reflect on the year past (see this blog post) and to set goals and resolutions for the new one.
A 20 minute New Beginnings and Habit Change Meditation from the Mindful Movement