The ability to reach a state of unconditional love, is one that is often recognised as the wholesome ability to stay within the remits of acceptance and joy, towards ourselves and all those who we encounter. Although it may appear as an idealistic state of mind, it is in actual fact the ability to organise our own neurochemistry, in such a way, where we are no longer affected by our negative thoughts and emotions, but instead wired to receive infinite supplies of the emotion of contentment.
The basic premise for all negative thoughts, which come in the shape of fear, anxiety, and anger, are neurochemical messengers, which are controlling how we feel, based on our own choice of thinking and emotional engagement. Changing our thoughts directly impacts our brains inner circuitry, which has the capacity to change our own default brain mode to one of unconditional love and acceptance. The trick however is to fully understand how the brain produces the emotion of love, and how we can actually adjust our inner wiring, to receive an endless supply of this magical drug. ?
THE NEUROTRANSMITTERS OF LOVE
The emotion of unconditional love is simply the ability for the brain to express joy, and pleasure via the release of feel-good neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, in an unrestricted way. The reason the use of unrestricted
is vital here, is that in order to fully engage the mind repeatedly to feel content, happy, and balanced, it is important to remove the many hurdles, or beliefs we hold, that limit the release of these vital neurotransmitters. In essence what is necessary for real change to occur within the brain, is the crucial rewiring of the inner circuitry, so that our access to the “reward pathways” become easily instigated, and stimulated at will. This way we are not looking for external stimuli, such as getting a bonus, or buying a house, to feel the full force of dopamine, as our inner reward pathways are always rewarding us, for the little pleasures, such as the joy of being present, and appreciating each moment in the now.
It may seem like a huge leap away, that the feeling of joy we receive from being present in each moment, could be one that is equal to winning the lottery, but in essence what it truly different, is how we organise our own inner pathways to release neurotransmitters purely based on how we define reward, and pleasure. In fact this crucial aspect to consider, is what determines how much joy we can receive from just about anything, if we simply train the mind, to express the feeling of love, based on our own translations of this emotion. The key here is re-defining reward, and joy, and giving our brain permission to access the reward pathways, so that greater transmission of our feel-good neurotransmitters can allow us to stay constantly motivated, joyous, and unconditionally rewarded.
TRAINING THE REWARD SYSTEMS IN THE BRAIN
So how do we actually reach this heightened sense of reality, where every choice becomes a joyous step of love and acceptance? Well the key is to practice the art of mindfulness, where every move is considered a perfect act of harmony, allowing our brain to fully register our senses, so much so, that we become able to see the smallest pleasures, such as the smell of flowers, and the sound of birds, more than inconsequential attributes, but rewards for our ability to appreciate each moment. This powerful act of presence, is vital for re-training the reward pathways, it gives us permission to feel joy easily, without effort, strengthening our receptivity for more pleasure. Mindfulness is in anything we choose it to be, meaning it can be as simple as feeling the keyboard beneath your fingertips, allowing you to engage with the senses, in a more heightened and connected way. The ability to feel and engage our senses in what gives us the access point to the pain or pleasure receptors in the brain, meaning the more we feel each movement, each touch, each taste, the more we strengthen the inner parts of our brain, that are ready to release the feel-good emotions we so often crave.
Training the mind is really as simple as defining what we need to feel love, and joy, and how we can access the reward pathway continually, by heightening our ability to sense more of the little things. This act of retraining the brain changes our default brain mode, and allows us to see that joy, and pleasure, are just an illusion of the mind, and readily available, if we choose to engage our senses. The ability to do so, is not the act of forgetting about our big rewards, but to train the brain to express the emotions of contentment and joy, so much so, that reaching the bigger highs feels accessible, unrestricted and easily obtained. ?
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