Neurohacking mindfulness sounds super cyber-fi. But deliberately influencing the brain to optimize focus, energy, positivity, and awareness is possible.
Neurohacking my mindfulness to achieve to my full potential
I consider mindful meditation to be a major part of my lifestyle change and weight loss efforts. While it may seem that meditation is not much more than just sitting still and reflecting on my thoughts, there is massive growth happening mentally and physically.
When I am practicing meditation properly I am altering the physical structure of my brain. I am redeploying neural pathways and adding grey brain matter. My meditation affects the release of chemicals and hormones into my body. There are new subroutines being built in my brain that control automatic functions such as heartbeat, breathing rhythm, sleep cycles, and reflexes.
Mentally, I am clearing clutter from my thought process. My ability to focus and see the bigger picture is improving. I am banishing fear and understanding my emotions. And I am becoming more intelligent.
Why would I want to mess with any of that by “hacking” my mindfulness?
Because mindfulness is not the destination. It is the path to the destination. And the destination is a level of super-thinking that I have pursued for a long time, but have not yet reached.
Neurohacking mindfulness – the next step
“Hacking” is just a term. Neurohacking simply means that I am using internal and external techniques to enhance the natural progression of my meditation. It helps me achieve greater results quicker. Additionally, it allows me to monitor and control the process.
Neurohacking specifically aims to improve mental functions, leading to a fully optimized experience of mental functions. These include focus, clarity, memory, mind-over-body control, better sleep, and expanded creativity and problem-solving.
I want to take my mindfulness to the next step – to move beyond just observing my thoughts and emotions. I want to proactively impact them and use the growth that meditation provides to open the door to a new world of consciousness, capability, and potential.
What can I realistically expect from neurohacking?
Proponents say that neurohacking is based on science, research, and technology But it is a lack of clear-cut results that can be quantified. While much of the conclusions drawn regarding the capacity for neurohacking is based on interpretations of real science, it is uncertain how much of that interpretation has been rigorously tested.
Still, there is a depth of information and history regarding methods that are used to improve cognition. And the functions of the brain itself are still largely unexplained by science. People do exhibit “superhuman” brain skills such as photogenic memory, the ability to hear or smell in colors, immense tolerance to pain, and visionary creativity. It has been demonstrated many times that people can improve in these areas (memory, tolerance, and creativity especially). And it is known that mindful meditation is a path to those improvements.
By neurohacking my brain through mindfulness I want to achieve certain states I believe well-within my reach with time and training. Some “superhuman” traits I think I can achieve with my meditation practice include:
- Increased productivity
- Improved memory
- Sharpened senses
- Internal and external awareness
- Control of my moods and emotions
- Quicker reflexes
- Faster sleep
- Laser focus and concentration
- Iron self-control over impulses and actions
- Improved health, immunity, and physical strength
- Next level cognition
- The ability to place myself in a hypnotized or flow state quickly
These are very reachable improvements where tiny changes that I make can have really large, positive consequences.
Neurohacking mindfulness through nootropics
The movie Limitless is a fun tale about an intelligent, but unmotivated writer who gains incredible cognitive abilities after taking an experimental drug. The idea of a “smart drug” that will unlock a person’s full mental capacity is a long-sought unicorn.
There are many chemical substances that have an impact on the brain and its ability. Caffeine is one. So are sugar and LSD. Everything from ginseng to psychedelic mushrooms has been claimed to have boosting powers. But their use and application are inconsistent and unreliable. I don’t see myself diving deeply into untested nootropics in order to hack my mental processes.
My intention is to use my meditation practice to first grow and train my brain, avoiding the use of nootropics. I use caffeine as a stimulant and that is going to continue. But sugar is a poison that actually diminishes my brain activity.
The only drugs I’m considering are testosterone and modafinil. Both are available to me only through prescriptions. I already have one for testosterone. I’d have to make a special case to get a doctor to prescribe modafinil. And there is no consensus that either drug treatment helps in cognitive improvement.
Before I undertake any chemical enhancements I’m going to finish losing weight and getting fit. Too much is going on with just those goals to throw on more things to keep track of.
Becoming limitless by neurohacking my meditation process
Once upon a time, I wanted to develop some more esoteric skills through meditation and mindfulness, These included things like increased intuition, the capacity for remote viewing, and the ability to “change the energy”. I believed then (and I’m not 100% sure that I don’t believe it now) that I could consciously change forms of energy around me and reshape my reality.
The door is still open to some really unique experiences. Sure, I won’t ever gain the brainpower of the character in Limitless. But I can make myself more limitless and explore the edge of what I am capable of. Which may be far more than I can even imagine.
Those are subjects for another day. For now, it will be enough of a goal to strive for the imbuement of skills that are perfectly achievable through mindful meditation.