As you know I’ve been listening to A LOT of podcasts. What is cool is that I haven’t just been listening to one show, or even one category. Some days I’m listing to stories, the next drive life coaching, and then after that I’m listening to a physicist talk about wormholes and trapdoors of the universe.
It hit me earlier in the week that there is a theme to everything I’m learning regardless of the topic or genre of the story. I’ve started pointing them out below and expect to discuss these further within the post as time goes on and I learn more.
We are primal beings and it affects everything about us. From how we feel, the way we react to things, how our brain processes information, what foods our body needs in order to run properly. Everything about us comes back to this point. If you want to know the answer to a problem, you should probably start with the understanding that we are animals when we go right down to our DNA and our first and only reaction is to survive until the next day. While I will have a list following this item, I understand they should all really be subcategories of this idea, because everything starts here.
Our brain has these super highways, neural pathways, and throughout out lives our thoughts have reinforced these super highways and they provide us with the basis of our thoughts and beliefs. The reason so many of us are traumatized from our youth, and can’t seem to ever get beyond some of the thought processes we created, is because during puberty all those wonderful hormones that are running through our bodies actually went to work on those highways and laid down concrete, put some sealer down, and really seared these pathways into who we are today. So if we were broken and traumatized during this time in our lives, our pathways are broken too. Personally, I’m assuming this too would go back to being a primal being, we were likely designed this way so that we learned lessons of survival in a time when a tiger could have ate everyone in your tribe, but if you happened to survive, you would remember your teachings. Remember, our entire purpose on this earth is to life the next day.
We can retrain our brains to have new thought patterns, but it isn’t easy. We will never have that level of hormones in our body again to make those super pathways concrete, but there are exercises we can do to help reinforce new, healthier ways of thinking and living.
I’ll just get out here and say this now, I think that when everything is said and done and when all our healthcare problems are solved and scientists are no longer backed by the companies that are killing us (shit food, diet industry), we are going to learn that the real key to health is eating a primal diet. I know I’ve had success in the past, but I haven’t ate this way for years. After everything has clicked with me about this whole primal thing, there is something to it beyond just seeing great results on the scale and in the gym. Our bodies and minds are only as good as the food we are putting in our mouths. We are designed to eat meat, veggies, nuts, a little bit of fruit when it’s in season. It’s as simple as that.
Any person I have listened to that is living their dream and making money, writing books, influencing people, is happy, satisfied, fulfilled…they got to this place because they had a passion and they were living life, honoring this passion and that caught the eye of someone or something and it grew into the successes they have today. This is true to every expert I’ve listened to talk. From the founder or AOL working in his basement with a few developers bringing the internet to every household in a time when no one knew what the heck the internet was, to the life coach influencing millions of students, it all came down to passion. The found something they loved, the did it, and it eventually opened doors that gave them an authentic life.
This is really a continuation of the above, but it’s so big it needs it’s own point. We have been taught things backward when it comes to making money in our careers. We shouldn’t be working hard to make money, we should be working hard living our passions, and the money will come as a result of the life you are living. It isn’t hard to think of an example, we’ve seen it all over the place with the internet with any blogger that ever made it big. They were just being themselves, living their passions through things like house renovations, sharing recipes, decorating. They were doing the things the loved and the money came. First through advertisers, then through sponsors, then writing books and now everyone has a podcast. Life is organic and it grows through organic means.
In order to change yourself, you need to stop listening to your brain. It’s hardwired for survival and nothing more. Plus your brain got you to where you are right now, so it’s highly likely that you need to take a step away from the things your brain is telling you and rely a little bit more on experts in the field of changing lives. Talking to friends you trust and really listening to their advise. If something seems a little foreign to you, and against everything your brain believes to be true, it’s probably the right thing to do. Living inside our brains is really the worst thing we can do if we want to change our lives and the way we see ourselves and the world.
This post is going to be a living and growing item on my blog from now on. There is just too much here to hit in one morning session of writing my thoughts. I want to link to the podcasts that reinforce each topic I’m hitting on above so that if anyone reading wants to explore the topics deeper, they have a resource to start. Let’s also make it clear, I’m not a scientist or a therapist and over time my opinions may change as I learn more. These are just a reflection of what I’ve been noticing as I’m diving in and trying to change my world.