In the first two parts of this series I have pointed out that depression is often described as a feeling of being hollow, compressed or becoming less. At least this was my experience with it. Depression involved a certain type of slow death that is a heavy weight that life seems to become. The idea that depression (along with many things in life) are described in what sounds like figurative language but in reality is a literal explanation of what is happening inside the body of the individual even if they do not know the biochemical or neurological level. In the same way that many of my blog posts have attempted to make a very literal connection light fueling the mitochondria and the language we use about our selves when we contain larger amounts of light aka have higher electro magnetic charge.
So the first phase is the lowest material level or going to the sub atomic and working your way up. The brain is packed with mitochondria compared to other parts of the body rivaled only by the heart (I'm sure I will get there eventually but for now the brain) So the brain first has to be addressed on the level of light by optimizing mitochondria and then in the brain itself.
I describe the opposite of depression happiness. Happy is different than high and I understand it and hope you will open yourself up to the idea that when you are learning and specifically learning about something you are authentically interested you are in flow. Imagine all behaviors to be learning so many actions that one may not think of as brain activities very much are. I'm imagining surfing, something I have never done but I think of as a flow state that involves learning the breath of the ocean with its inhales and exhales being the waves coming and going. When we are learning in this way we are establishing neuro genesis in the brain. In other words the brain is expanding and in turn we are happy. We often forget about time. Most people have experienced this but don't necessarily know the foods and behaviors necessary to make those happy flow state learning sessions.
The use of addictive behaviors will prop us up when our brain is shrinking and will give a short term benefit followed by more depression or shrinking of the brain.
You are never not learning but you learning to shirk the brain is just using the the same negative pathways over and over again. The brain requires new path ways to improve which is why closed minded and defensive thinking is a very obvious tell about whether a person is happy or not. This means a flexible brain is not threatened by new ideas.
Creating new paths in the brain is not easy.
It makes me think of the hiking blog I did recently and as I was hiking a I thought these paths are not necessarily the best (meaning the ones that would get you up the mountain the fastest) but they are worn.
It is hard to even think about making that winding path in the picture a straight path but that brain effort is literally what is required in the brain.
If you approach this process as a game it will be much more fun.
Visualizing making new paths in your brain will make new paths in the brain. Practice this in ways that are not so difficult and it will get easier when the difficult challenges come.
Consciously think - oh, I have to intentionally resist the temptation to let my thoughts walk on the same path.
Exercises- think of that you would use to identify yourself. I'm a (fill in the blank) now say the words I might be wrong. Then think it. How might you be wrong.
Ask yourself, have my ideas about this thing changed in the past? The answer is yes. Can they change in the future.....the answer is yes.
How could they change. When the idea pops up that makes you think, nope not that never that. There is your path. Now you can decide to keep walking it or not.
Are you describing yourself as a happy person? I never did. I do now even when I am not in a state of pleasure I am happy that my brain is growing because I am happy to be forging new paths in my mind and in my life which leads me to part 4 ( since I didn't plan on writing any of this)
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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