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Aaron Rodgers had himself a unique offseason. The reigning NFL MVP inked the biggest contract in the league, underwent a 12-day Panchakarma cleanse and dressed like Nicolas Cage in Con Air ahead of the first day of Packers training camp. Nestled in between those events, Rodgers revealed that he went on an “ayahuasca journey” this summer, traveling to Peru to ingest the plant-based psychedelic.
In a recent appearance on the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast”, Rodgers compared his experience with the drug to “feeling 100 different on my body, of love and forgiveness for myself, and gratitude for this life.”
We sat three different nights with the medicine. I came in with an intention of doing a lot of healing of other relationships and bringing in certain people to have conversations with. Most of the work was around myself and figuring out what unconditional love of myself looks like of myself. In doing that, allowing me to understand how to unconditionally love other people but first realizing it’s gotta start with myself. I’ve got to be a little more gentle with myself and compassionate and forgiving because I’ve had some negative voices, negative self-talk, for a long time. A lot of healing went on.
Rodgers explained that he used the substance as a vehicle to discover himself and what makes him tick. For the four-time MVP winner, the trip was a successful one, allowing him to come to grips with some of the strife in his personal life — mainly in regards to relationships with others and himself.
I think it’s unlocked a lot of my heart. Being able to fully give my heart to my teammates, my loved ones, relationships because I can fully embrace unconditionally myself. … When you figure out a better way to love yourself, I think you can love people better because you’re not casting the same judgment you cast on yourself on other people. I’m really thankful for that.
Poetic stuff from Rodgers, truly. The 38-year-old acknowledged that he still had a lot of work to do to reconcile relationships with those he had backed away from years ago. However, he feels he has the tools to make sense of the wave of emotions that crash into each other amid the day-to-day churn the NFL schedule.
Rodgers also noted that the experience, in conjunction with therapy and meditation, helped him fall back in love with football all over again. Rodgers never didn’t love the game. But he wasn’t certain if he was “in love” with football.
I think I just football in love with it a little bit deeper. Again, I think a lot of that is due to the work that I’ve done on myself. It hasn’t all been just the ayahuasca journey. It’s been therapy. It’s been meditation. It’s been changing habits that weren’t giving me any type of joy. Eating better. Taking care of myself a little bit better. Being more gentle with myself. All those things have allowed me to look at each day with a little more joy.