Buddhas Brain Again: Chasing Carrots?

white-girl by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Two major neural systems keep you chasing carrots. The first system is based on the neurotransmitter dopamine.

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Dopamine-releasing neurons become more active when you encounter things that are linked to rewards in the past—for example, if you get a message from a good friend you haven’t seen for a few months.

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These neurons also rev up when you encounter something that could offer rewards in the future—such as your friend saying she wants to take you to lunch. In your mind, this neural activity produces a motivating sense of desire: you want to call her back.

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When you do have lunch, a part of your brain called the cingulate cortex (about the size of your finger, on the interior edge of each hemisphere) tracks whether the rewards you expected—fun with your friend, good food—actually arrive.

2 responses to this post.

  1. I bring this information forward so you can see emotions and feelings are connected to many systems along with outside influences.

    It is our intention to know how dopamine acts and how we do not have to identify when it feels like loss but actually is a neurotransmitter that is what we feel. linking thoughts or our whole mood to this can bring anxiety, depression or triggers forward.

    Try stepping back when you feel,a,certain way. Explore neutral feeling like uncomfortable without the ego gripping it with identity.

    Feel uncomfortable without thought and watch it change.

    Start observing how thoughts and emotions fade and disappear. How do they exit. How quickly does a thought fade if you give it no attention.

    observe and be aware of your inner world. Know yourself and trauma will be not as scary. Then maybe healing will be possible and action is today.

  2. I love this post. This says it best: “observe and be aware of your inner world. Know yourself and trauma will be not as scary. Then maybe healing will be possible and action is today.”
    Just observe…thats it. No tricks, no magic. COMPLETELY possible 🙂

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