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Originally posted by ChachiArcola
Actually, I think you are on to something. The analogy you used of sports is a good area to look at this further. In the realm of athletics, I would think this is referred to as "being in the zone". But athletes who have reported this typically say things like they hardly felt anything or were really relaxed, or that the basket seemed like it was 10x bigger than normal, allowing the ball to drop through with little effort.
At the same time, my job does the same thing to me, to the point that I have a hard time getting to sleep at night. I have learned a simple meditation activity to clear my mind, allowing me to fall asleep easier. For me though, I am not sure if it is that I am overly focused, but just take my job seriously, and want to do well at it. Certainly I wish my mind didn't do that, or that I had a job that went the day ends, everything stays at the job site and doesn't come home with me.....literally or figuratively.
But again, I think you have a great point and idea here, and I think athletics is one way to see that easier. Of course, in all aspects of life this could come into play and either be a benefit or detriment.
Originally posted by Itisnowagain
reply to post by Deaf Seeing Eye Dog
It is like death but the only thing that dies is an illusion, an imagined self, a self that 'thinks' it can make a better world. It doesn't make a better world though it tells you that life is not good enough, that your not good enough and that there are problems that need solving.
The real can not die. The real is what is left when the 'other' self is seen to be non existent.
Originally posted by blamethegreys
I explained that in that moment when his brain realized he was going to crash (not consciously, but on a primal level) several hormones and endorphins were suddenly released into his body. This essentially causes the brain to "overclock" (best analogy my mind could come up with) for a short while, collecting and processing data at a much higher rate than normal. This allowed him time to react to the crash...ball up and roll it out, where at normal brain speed it would be over before he could process the situation.
I wonder if this phenomenon might be useful in helping to define your AAS hypothesis? Perhaps AAS could be related to an above average constant level of some combination of these brain chemicals?
If someone functioned at a higher "processing" level, what are the ramifications? Again, as a layperson, I understand that Ecstacy increases the release of what was it...dopamine? and there is a finite amount of it in your system.
True of other chemicals as well? Would living in that state be like burning your candle at both ends? An advantage while it lasted...perhaps causing major psych/mental problems later?
edit on 1-10-2011 by blamethegreys because: EEA