Going from the extreme of the tenured academic track to crazy substance experimentation and deep spiritual meditation...I'm gonna have to read Ram Dass' "Remember, Be Here Now" at least a couple of times, I think.
Be Here Now (or Remember, Be Here Now) is a seminal 1971 book on spirituality, yoga and meditation by the Western born yogi and spiritual teacher Ram Dass. The title comes from a statement his guide, Bhagavan Das, made during Ram Dass's journeys in India. The cover features a Mandala incorporating the title, a chair, radial lines, and the word "remember".
"BE HERE NOW", (1971), by Ram Dass. " 'Be Here Now', became the counter-culture bible for thousands of young people seeking enlightenment in the midst of the darkness of Vietnam. It was a pioneering bridge, written in colloquial language, from the psychedelic 60s to eastern spirituality... "
Be Here Now: Meditation For The Body And Brain: In his book Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Oxford University clinical psychologist Mark Williams talks about the brain and body benefits of mindfulness meditation, a cognitive behavioral therapy that can be as effective as drugs at staving off recurring bouts of depression.