I find myself thinking about how this compares to entertainment and other things.
I know I could spend a few hours playing a video game and be pretty relaxed. I eat ice cream and it's pleasurable. I have sex, it's pleasurable. These things come with happiness too.
Why is this better? Seems the other things have drawbacks. Play too much of a video game and I find myself thinking I've wasted my time. Why doesn't that happen here? I'd say because the mind experienced in this state is pure undistracted happiness. But who knows. Sex with a partner comes with the difficulties of maintaining the relationship. The happiness of the relationship changes with the shifting emotions of oneself and the other. Eat too much ice cream and you'll be working to lose weight.
... And I guess there's something to be said about the amount of time the mind spends in happiness in those states. I don't feel that it's very much. On the other hand, I spend about 5 hours to reach a state that rests in happiness. I could stay there for another 5 hours and allow the mind to rest for 5 straight hours in it. I couldn't even begin to find that in the world. And while psychedelics certainly produce similar highs, they're unpredictable and more of a rollercoaster, unsuited to day-to-day use.
One might argue for microdoses. I agree somewhat. The state of mind found in a microdose is not pure undistracted happiness, while it might occasionally be that. This is predictably reproducible, and the state of mind is pure undictracted happiness. I have found nothing else that is like this. So, 5 hours is worthy payment. I'll see it become shorter.
Edited by Guy1298, 08 January 2023 - 06:17 PM.