Aaron Rodgers put together some of his best seasons.
Rodgers will enter the 2022 season as a two-time NFL MVP. But as a recent podcast interview mentioned, he credited a groovy experience with a psychedelic that helped his mindset.
He appeared on the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast,” where he said he consumed ayahuasca in South America before winning the MVP award in 2020 and 2021. Ayahuasca is an herbal drink used by countries in the Amazon that produces a stimulatory effect.
Green Bay Packers star said winning the MVP was connected to his experience with ayahuasca.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence,” Rodgers said. “I really don’t. I don’t really believe in coincidences at this point. It’s the universe bringing things to happen when they’re supposed to happen.”
“There’s signs and synchronicities all around us at all times if we’re awake enough to see them and to take them in and to listen to our intuition when it’s speaking to us or pounding us in the head saying, ‘Hey dummy, this is what you’re supposed to be doing.'”
Rodgers led the NFL in touchdown passes the following year again with 48 and passing yards with 4,299 yards. The number of touchdowns he gave last season was 37, and the number of yards he had was 4,115. Over those two seasons, he threw nine interceptions.
He spoke more about his ayahuasca journey, getting emotional at one point. But in his words, he had to find the strength to “truly unconditionally love yourself.”
He said that the experience had a great impact on his mental health.
”To me, one of the core tenets of your mental health is that self-love. That’s what ayahuasca did for me to see how to unconditionally love myself. It’s only in that unconditional self-love that then I’m able to truly be able to unconditionally love others. And what better way to work on my mental health than to have an experience like that?” he said.
“The greatest gift I can give my teammates, in my opinion, is to be able to show up and to be someone who can model unconditional love to them. I mean, obviously, it’s important I play well and show up and lead and all that stuff, but they won’t care about what you say until they know how much you care.”
There is no doubt that Rodgers and the Packers want to return to the Super Bowl. Green Bay teams have been on the cusp in the past couple of years but failed to break through.
Aaron Rodgers discusses the ayahuasca experience.