Adrenalin RushAdrenalin Rush
There are some naturally occurring drugs, that our bodies make, which are like Cocaine. They are addictive, short lived and immensely satisfying.
Lots of things activate the production of these Cocaine like substances. Fear will do it. Threat, uncertainty, pain and suffering. We need our adrenalin rush to help us cope and overcome, recover and live on. It's part of the fight and flight response.
But Adrenalin can be addictive. I don't know if we are hooked on the chemical or the profound sense of well-being, they produce. But I do know that we humans, are terrific at getting what we want.
When we get an adrenalin hit, we somehow remember what happened to make the adrenalin flood our bodies, and we practice finding ways to replicate that event, so as to get that bit of high.
To scratch the itch, we invite into our lives, some danger, some pain, and a variety of fearful situations. And some of that dangerousness, can be induced very effectively and all too easily, by our habits of thinking.
We can, by the power of our imagination and memory, create unending scenarios of devastation, nightmare, and horrible expectation. We are also, really very good at accessing past memories of bad times, so that we can consider the likelihood of them happening again.
I know we are always on about positive thinking, and many, many people are positive thinkers, yet have vast tracts of time devoted to the kind of thinking that's turns them into fearful, uptight messes.
So why do we do negative thinking so much, and why is it so much a run away thing. There you are, just day dreaming, and driving down the street, when you are suddenly assailed by these scenarios of impending malice. Why?
I believe that we do it, to access the Adrenalin hit that we crave for so much! However, we really, really don't want to have all these bad thoughts rolling around inside us, despite the rush. It's not fun, living in fear.
For me, not being able to stop, is about having two cravings. One is for peace, and one for excitement. IF you were to plot these two desires on a scale between 1 to 10, where 10 is the most powerful satisfying, and 1 is the least, it's likely that peace might be low on the scale, and fear and anticipated doom is up there, in the very high satisfaction range.
So what does all this mean? Adrenalin gives us the high we crave, and we have inadvertently produced the means to trigger hits of immense satisfaction, despite the damage and cruelty to ourselves and others.
IS there a way out?
One answer to this impossible situation, might be in an exploration of safer, more effective ways to trigger adrenalin to quench the urge for bouts of immense feelings of satisfaction.
Classical Conditioning comes immediately to mind as one experiment. The idea here, is to build up an adrenalin rush, then to link it to a word or hand gesture, by repetition. Then just by saying that word or doing that gesture, you may trigger that lovely satisfying hit, without the need of all the damaging day dreaming nightmare stuff.
You know, we may be addicted, but addiction can be cured. Happens every day. We need two things to go forward. Some insight as to what's happening, and some means to return to a better sense of well-being.