Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Good Choices and how they are Made

Every now and again someone comments on the ending of my voice message. It says, "Remember, good choices make a good life." And it is true.  
It seemed that all last week I was telling people about the faussett on top of their heads. Not literally, it is my metaphor for remembering that you can change your feeling state and your thoughts. The hypothalamus is in the center of your brain and responds to your circumstances and thoughts. If you dwell on a thought it responds with a feeling. It will drip positive or negative chemicals that your body has ready to drip into the pituitary (this is simplified) which then puts out corresponding chemicals causing you to react.
   Since we don't have trouble controlling good thoughts, I'll track the negative ones, the ones we are concerned with controlling. Say something scares you or discourages you, if you go with the fear or discouragement your hypothalamus starts releasing CRH which I call Critical Ruminating Hormone because it creates worry. It creates the spin of worry, ruminating on something bad.  It then drips into the pituitary that gives it the signal to start releasing ACTH which I call Actively Creating Threat Hormone. Now everything looks bad, hopeless, scary, whatever the emotion that is taking over creates.
   The good news is that you can turn off the CRH before it starts all this bad news by refusing to go with the worry signal. Turn off the faussett with gratitude. It may take more than one, try three, and if you can't think of anything to be grateful for start with the obvious. You can see. You can read. You can choose.
  Some of you may even struggle with choosing, but just know that if you start with gratitude that is a choice to turn off the CRH production--a very good choice. Your head will stay clearer and you will be happier. The positive chemicals will start and the next positive thought and feeling will come easier.