Ch, Ch, Changes….

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Well, I am back. We haven’t talked since the end of November and I apologize for that. There has been a lot going on and I haven’t had time or enough inspiration to write much lately. What inspiration I have had I haven’t been able to articulate to make sense to anyone else. This blog is largely about introspection, honesty and self awareness because I truly believe that consciousness, a.k.a. truth or Reality, is where real health begins. That process is frequently a bumpy road and full of that wicked word, “change”. So, I guess “change” is the subject of this entry.

Thank you Mr. Bowie for the brilliant introduction. 🙂

Change is an interesting conundrum. It is interesting because it is a constant but at the same time the very thing we are most resistant to psychologically. Change, even good change, can cause fear and or pain. Change begins the moment we are born and continues until the day we die. You would think that at some point, as the human race, we would understand, learn this and be able to cope with change better but we are just not designed that way unfortunately.

My hypothesis is that the fault lies with the amygdala primarily and then secondly the hippocampus. The amygdala is an almond shaped mass of nuclei (mass of cells) located deep within the temporal lobe of the brain. It is a limbic system structure that is involved in many of our emotions and motivations, particularly those that are related to survival. The amygdala is involved in the processing of emotions such as fear, anger, and pleasure. The amygdala is also responsible for determining what memories are stored and where the memories are stored in the brain.The amygdala is responsible for fight or flight and causes stress for our own “perceived” protection. I say “perceived” because most things amygdala “flips out” about are not real. The hippocampus are the elongated ridges on the floor of each lateral ventricle of the brain, thought to be the center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system. The amygdala is truly the “animal” part of our brain. The amygdala does not like “change”. It perceives change to be dangerous. I believe it to be primary evidence of our “fallen” state (think Adam and Eve).  It’s illogical and creates fear, and in some people who are very traumatized, incapacitating fear, that motivates them to behave in atrocious ways! We might even wonder if these people are human and that is a good observation because truly they are primarily being controlled by that which is “animal” in their minds, the amygdala.

In my opinion, fear is central to most of our problems and issues as human beings, in our country, workplaces, families and as individuals psychologically and physically. When we are fearful our thinking is warped. Our “thinking” impacts everything starting with our own health, then the health and well being of those around us and so on. Fear spreads like a disease if we are not careful. Many are very savvy about this fact and exploit this characteristic present in us as a way to sway opinion or control trends, and fill their pockets with others’ hard earned cash. Some say sex sells, and it does, but not to the degree fear does. Fear is the most powerful motivator there is. The more traumatized a people become the more you can control them. Dictators that have inflicted the most horrific damage to the the human race had this down to a science.

So, back to change. I have had a lot of change in the past year. Maybe you have too? I have experienced some really awful changes and some that are intended to be good. I have also made changes that are yet to be determined good or bad. I have noticed in “adjusting” to these changes that there is high degree of discomfort or pain involved in that process and it is not logical. It is highly subjective and causes irrational thought and belief. It is encouraging that I can identify it, in other words “see it”, because this wasn’t possible a few years ago, but I truly desire to stop it and become more objective. I have a ways to go…..but I think I am getting there.

Well those are my thoughts today. I really hope you have a terrific week and that when ch, ch, change comes we can all “roll with it” rather than react emotionally to it.

Ch, ch, cheers! (sorry, can’t stop) 🙂

April

 

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