Dopamine: Part two!

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“Mindfulness is the key here — awareness that always involves discernment of the wholesome from the unwholesome and the effect of our choices on our resilience.
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Dopamine operates on the basis of expectation.
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When the brain experiences what it expects to experience —
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when we turn on the kitchen faucet and water comes out —
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dopamine levels stay steady.
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If something unexpected happens —
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we turn on the faucet and no water comes out —
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the expectation is disrupted.
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The disruption switches off the dopamine and
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generates a slight unease in the body.
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A mistake has been detected.
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The brain directs us to stop moving forward until we know things are okay.”
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2 responses to this post.

  1. That Dopamine sounds problematic for mindfulness. It alerts us to “pursue” for something we want. If there was no Dopamine, we would not be stimulated to hunt for our desire.

  2. Mindfulness teaches us to step back, let go and take a real unbiased look at life.

    To make friends with our nervous systems we must stop reacting to every drop of cortisol and adrenaline secreted.

    We must sit still and not react to every drop,of dopamine or we will be a prisoner.

    Happiness is far greater than momentary dopamine pleasure.

    Snorting cocaine feels fantastic for a while, then we come back.

    It will take more coke the next time and we will get less until we suffer greatly.

    We can chase pleasure with drugs, stimulants, people, Monet, power or a myriad of human desires but it does not lead to happiness.

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    Happiness does not appear after adrenaline, cortisol or dopamine are secreted.

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