“I think that there’s a fundamental human right that people have to explore their consciousness. . .I believe we should have a system of licensed legalization [for psychedelics].” — Rick Doblin
“I came alive through that process. . .I was already alive in the studio, but maybe that was the only place I was alive before. But through exercise, I became alive more in life.” — Rick Rubin on how exercise changed his life
When I think about healthspan—the how “well” you live part of longevity—I think of three components: cognitive, physical, and emotional. It’s this last one that is disproportionately getting my attention.
I think this shows the power that both actions and words can have on us, and also how shame can travel with us for years and color our actions until we resolve it.
Emotional trauma can have a big impact on our lives, and it’s often insidious, showing no overt signs of pathology. Yet, overcoming it might be one of the most powerful things we can do to improve the quality of our lives.
So much to explore with this one. Mental health may be the hardest chapter for me to write in my book, and also the most important.