I love learning new sh*t that expands my horizons beyond the scope of a trending meme or a BuzzFeed listicle. So, in this edition of That $hit’s Sick!, I’m sharing the things that broadened my horizons in one way or another over the past month, from an anti-orgy Olympics insight to a sonically-infused guided meditation by the one and only Ram Dass. Welcome friends, I hope you enjoy these finds as much as I did.
The Aubrey Marcus Podcast: “Ayahuasca Masterclass on Judgement and Surrender” with Erick Godsey
In this deep dive into the implications of ayahuasca on the psyche, Aubrey Marcus and Erick Godsey explore the concept of tapping into your higher self through the collective whisper we all hear in the back of our minds—what can be described as our intuition.
This Is Your Mind On Plants by Michael Pollan
One of our favorite authors follows up his groundbreaking book How to Change Your Mind with this look at how three plants—caffeine, opium and mescaline—have impacted human history.
“The Tokyo Olympics Will Feature Recyclable Cardboard Beds ... But Can Athletes Have Sex in Them?”
It appears the Olympic coordinators wanted to make sure athletes at this year’s event wouldn’t be swapping COVID-19 (or something more) in the dorms. According to this VICE article, the beds were built out of weak cardboard that seemed as if it would break apart if more than one person laid on it. Athletes weren’t sure if it was going to support their extracurricular activities but found out that (thankfully) it supported a maximum of two people—any more and it would collapse. Moral of the story? No Olympic orgies this year, at least not on the beds.
“Awareness” by Superposition, Boreta and Ram Dass
Ram Dass, known for his creation of the book Be Here Now, was a leader of the psychedelic and mindfulness movements from the early ’70s until his death a few years ago. Luckily for us, the guys at Superposition have crafted this sonic time capsule of a Ram Dass-led meditation, beautifully accompanied by a softly textured soundscape that brings it to life.
NASA Releases First Detailed Map of the Insides of Mars
Because who doesn’t want to know what the inside of Mars looks like? This New York Times piece details how scientists at NASA are finally able to see the inner workings of our neighboring planet. Pretty rad, huh?
Upright Posture Trainer
If you’re like me, you’re hunched over your desk jamming away at a keyboard all day, getting closer and closer to Hunchback of Notre Dame status. This wears away at our overall health as the years compound, so it’s best to fix the problem before it's too late. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself these days. Pull those shoulders back, baby!
Looking for something fresh? Check out Community Manager Blair Atkins' picks from August.