Usually summers mean experiences traveling to new places and learning new things, but unfortunately traveling isn't really an option this year. That doesn't mean that you can't experience something new though-- instead, tap into your inner self and go on a trip exploring your own spirituality and emotions! This summer, we're exploring our true consciousness with the help of transcendental meditation, yoga and microdosing.

Transcendental meditation is a form of meditation using a silent mantra, practiced twice a day. Adding practicing meditation into your daily routine has lots of benefits: it's been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety, and there are more studies being done about possible cardiovascular benefits! Meditating also allows us to look deeply into ourselves, better define our self-concepts and become more self-aware. Mantras in transcendental meditation are meaningless-- instead of meaning, they help guide your mind towards silence. As your mantra becomes an intimate part of your daily meditation, mantras are traditionally kept secret.

Microdosing is the practice of taking tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs, usually LSD or psilocybin mushrooms, in small enough amounts so that there are slight, barely perceivable effects, but not enough to cause hallucinations or a "trip". A microdose is typically between 5-10% of a normal, full dose of psychedelics and taken once every three days to prevent increases in tolerance. Microdosers report that it helps them feel more focused, creative, productive, confident and happier in general! If you decide to start microdosing, regularly track the way that you feel, as it's much easier to notice the effects and benefits in retrospect. 

Finally, a favorite way to get our bodies moving while staying connected spiritually: yoga! Yoga goes beyond just a way to stay fit and stretch out-- it's about examining the way you engage with the world around you, to be an active participant and intentful in your actions. As you practice yoga, be sure to be mindful of the way your body feels, your train of thought and your emotional state. Explore different styles of yoga and find what works best for you and your body: Kundalini yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga and Bikram yoga are just some of the styles! While not all yoga studios may be open, many offer classes online via video conferencing, allowing you to still have the online presence of an instructor while staying at home.