My experience with psilocybin mushrooms

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Psychedelics have the potential to heal the afflictions that plague people’s lives — the traumas, addictions, and all the depression and neuroticism of the mind.

The world is…


“The first step is usually, I know who I am not. Process of elimination. Defining ourselves by what we are not is the first step that leads us to really knowing who we are.” — Matthew McConaughey

The author. Photo creds: r.schreibz

I was a real good kid— I did everything that my parents asked. Growing up, I got good grades, played in the school band, and even lectured at church.

I went to college, got two degrees, and graduated with honors.

Yet throughout this whole process, there was this underlying feeling…


“The Earth is what we all have in common.”

Photo Credit to my hiking buddy r.schreibz. It was taken at sunrise before we set out on the hike.

The locals warned us not to attempt it in one day; to get to the river, camp out, and make it a two-day trip.

Even the national park website warned against it. But as stubborn 20 something year-olds, we set out to prove them wrong.

This past week my backpacking…


Implement these tips to produce better work in less time.

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There is a subliminal epidemic going on right now and few realize it. The inability to focus isn’t just making us less productive, it’s contributing to the plethora of mental health issues plaguing society. In this day and age, the average attention span is a mere 8 seconds!

We all…


Featuring five acoustic songs that will soothe your soul.

Painting by artist Ota, Minako

My new EP ‘Rebirth’ is out now on all streaming platforms!

The idea for this EP came from the Japanese folk album Raflum, Melodies of The Forest and Springs.

I found great comfort in the simple yet meditative melodies and decided to make my own songs of that minimalistic style.


Life lessons regarding the concepts of Wu-Wei, detachment, plus how to nurture your inner spirit.

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This past summer I spent the majority of my time getting better at surfing. Through trial and error, I learned where to position myself on the board, when to stand and how to carve through the water with poise.

Recently, I opened the Tao Te Ching, the bible of Daoism…


Incorporate these minor lifestyle changes for major benefits.

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Your mood has a huge effect on life’s quality.

Not only does your mood affect happiness, but also your cognition and social skills. When your feeling down, your brain is foggy and you can’t perform up to par.

Just like a car needs an oil change every few thousand miles…


You know you have something special if your friend hits these marks.

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A best friend of mine called me the other day from across the states. He’s been on a cross-country trip exploring the national parks for the past few weeks.

I’m jealous. He wanted me to come but I couldn’t swing it because of school.

After telling me about the bear…


Follow these steps to forge an unbeatable mind.

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Life can be ruthless. We encounter failure, people we love leave us, and we don’t always get what we want. At times it can seem like nothing is going right and that it’s unfair.

In these moments, we may wish that problems didn’t exist. We may tend to remove ourselves…


My first thought immediately after the crash was, “can I move my legs?”

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“Please God, don’t let me be paralyzed,” I begged.

I laid on the hard dirt in shock, with the sun glaring in my eyes, trying not to panic.

My body felt numb. And I couldn’t tell whether it was from the pain of the impact or something much worse.

I…

Jesse Pedersen

Helping people find happiness while exploring nature and spreading compassion; check out my music — Spotify @Jesse Pedersen; Instagram: @Jesse__Pedersen

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