Meditation and/is Microdosing
When we’re talking about neuroplasticity (again, under a context of self-improvement), we’re talking about changing our thinking patterns; of breaking free from our default mode networks (DMN — an abbreviation to get used to).
In so doing, we’re forming new habits.
When I had interviewed Dr. Mulukutla regarding the function of the brain with respect to meditation practices, she espoused a rather critical notion that can’t be overstated:
“It has been shown that 8 weeks of meditation leads to structural changes in the brain, confirming that we can change our brain anatomy just by controlling our thoughts. We have the capacity to share our future and our world view, if only we commit to it completely and practice regularly over time…
… If we continue a practice regularly, we will build new neural networks for this new way of being. This is the concept of neuroplasticity”.
This is where things get interesting because meditation and micro-dosing go hand in hand, despite the possible scorn and skepticism that this statement may instigate.
In reality — in mine anyways — micro-dosing is somewhat of a hack, allowing a user to bypass the effort and time that meditation so often requires (fitting that the trend, aimed at optimizing efficiency, flows out of Silicon Valley). For this statement to resonate with any sort of sense, one has to run around in a few circles to first define the purposes of meditation as well as that of micro-dosing, something I’m not going to spend much time doing as, to me, they can be squeezed into the same variable category of self-improvement.
In other words, micro-dosing is a better way of meditating, one that can be exponentially more effective as well as efficient; it’s meditating while not actually meditating, depending on where we draw the lines.
I know that some are quick to denounce my heretical perspective on meditation, but it’s ultimately a subjective enterprise that sees all diverse means arriving at the same ends.
Subsequently, it can be said that micro-dosing, not unlike meditation, is done to change the way we think. Only it’s done more effectively because this external stimulant is forcing our brain to operate in a certain way, whereas meditation really depends on the subjective and internally-cultivated dedication of a participant (and let’s face it, unless we’re moving into a monastery, it’s not easy to maintain that kind of focus on a constant basis).
So not only does micro-dosing offer a more effective, more efficient, and more consistent method of self-referential improvement, it also provides training wheels — or, maybe to be more accurate, bowling bumpers that do not allow for a gutter ball effort in terms of our practice.
Now, with the procedural bits out of the way, we can look at the wonderful perplexity of the mechanisms at play.