Absolutely everything I think seems to be both obvious and profound to me.
When I was younger I was a fat heavy cigarette smoking, alcoholic. I was strategically trying to have various dopamine releases dosed out over time to stay in a perpetual state of spike with no crash......This doesn't work.
Just trust me if you take anything away form anything know that there are no cheats. The low is always equal to the high. This is the law of the universe. Guess what is on the other side of the mountain a valley. Now that you know you can enjoy the hike and realize that change is the only constant and thank god or else we would be faced with the one problem that nature or god or whatever you'd like to call it has which is boredom.
I could talk about this forever but I kind of don't want the secret to get out because if too many people figure out that everything that exists will swing back the other way then there will be no fear, no villain, no fun for the universe to be a hero. So on the the neuro genesis.
I have been into fractals for a long time. I have long thought of a brain being a certain kind of tree in our body.
When I was an alcoholic I was unknowingly chasing dopamine and destroying neuro genesis and my brain. You see alcohol stops the stopper of dopamine in the brain so that you feel good all the rest, the vision issues, the stumbling around, the slurred speech, the black outs all the rest is neuro toxicity or short ( maybe not so short term) brain damage. I did not know this. I just knew that I didn't feel good and that certain behavior made me feel better. I was self medicating strategically.
I didn't have enough neurological margin to make it through the day to invest in long term happy so I had to settle for short term highs. I was depressed. Think about the word depression. Here is the definition
Ok i't s me again. The thing I want you to see is not that I cut out #2 ( it was the great depression econ stuff and I didn't want to get distracted) anyway a sunken place This is a depressed brain.
The point a shirking brain feels depressed and a growing brain feels happy.
A depressed brain relies on short term dopamine highs and a long term happy brain has sustainable serotonin. Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters. They are always changing and I'm not trying to absolutize one over the other but I will say that SSRI anti depressants stand for Selective Serotonin Re uptake Inhibitors meaning that the re uptake of serotonin is stopped altered so there is more of it.
So why is it so hard to break free of depression? Lots of reasons but the one I wanna point out is that neuro genesis is when the brain is growing. This is common in kids because they are learning so much so fast it's common in people who are engaged in all kinds of behaviors that increase neuro genesis.
But happiness is reserved for people that can handle change. The reward of being open to learning is a brain that grows and in turn a happy person. But here is the hard part. When the new pathways in the brain are happening it is like the birth of a new version of you. Giving birth (I've heard) is painful but rewarding. So is giving birth to new ideas and in turn a new brain. If you watch the two videos below you will see one is Neuro genesis and the other is a seed on a 21 day slow image.
21 days is significant because that is about how long it takes for new neuro connections to happen. When I was drinking I was trying to make it through the day. I could never seem to get far enough ahead to make it the 3 weeks to learn and in turn be happy so I just kept living pay check to pay check in my brain depressed.
Realize in the video above (either one) that you are both the roots growing and the ground that is why it is so painful to learn and change. Plus I consciously or subconsciously worried that if I became a happy person I wouldn't be me anymore. I was a drinker, I was a punk and city boy, a smoker I didn't wanna loose myself by becoming some hippy nature guy typing on a health blog while doing my intermittent fasting.
I didn't know better. When you see the plant grow at no point do you think its no longer the same plant even though it is different as it grows. It is safe to change. The change will take time (at least 3 weeks) and you won't hardly notice it.
So growing brains are happy. In part 2 I'll tell you the things I did to get the margin to make it through my days and the weeks required for me to grow my brain along with what you can do to break out of any rut you find yourself.
Just give birth to those new ideas about you being happy. Alcohol and other chemicals stunt and kill out idea babies the same way it does real babies.
Part 2 on the way until grow your brain and be happy.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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