How meditating can make your trip better

It’s called a trip for a reason. You’re indeed embarking on a journey, backpacking through your own mind. And when it comes to travelling, being prepared makes a world of difference. So start reading that Lonely Planet: start meditating.

Tripping and meditating play well together, that’s our experience. Daily meditation will give you a more stable and calm mind. That’s an excellent starting point for a trip. What’s more, during the trip you can put your meditation techniques to good use.

Meditating can intensify your trip. You’ll notice that best after a low dose. One that might give you a warm glow, but not much else. As long as you go about your regular business that is. Because if you sit down to meditate, every breath will take you deeper into your trip. The feeling, the visuals, the thoughts: it'll all manifest if you give it some attention. A nice aspect of this is that you can switch back to normal quite easily. Just stop meditating and you’ll feel perfectly sober (almost).

A higher dose can make you feel restless when coming up. You might recognize the urge to find the perfect music. And whatever you put on, what you’re thinking about is the next tune. By meditating through this phase, you can calm your body and mind. This will make it easier for you to simply enjoy a record.

If you’re serious about meditating, by all means sign up for a course. Nothing beats the direct feedback from a teacher that’s been at it for years. But we will share a simple technique to help you along right now.

Sit upright, close your eyes halfway, look through your eyelashes to a point about 1 meter (3 feet) in front of you. You can sit down cross legged or on a stool. Whatever is good for you, as long as you watch your posture (upright!).

Count every exhalation until you reach 10. If you’re distracted from counting, just start again at 1. If you reach 10, just start again at 1. Do this for at least 10 minutes, 20 would be ideal. Use a timer, so you don’t have to worry about how long you've been sitting.

The first sessions, thoughts will flood your mind. You’ll probably never count further than 2. No matter, it’s all about the practice. By focussing your attention on your breathing, you'll calm yourself down and strengthen your ability to control your thoughts.

Let us know how it goes!