Warning! This picture is of a sensitive nature, anyone annoyed at animals for being carnivores please look away now!
I took this picture in London Zoo, during the feeding of the otters, and as always I saw my pictures when I got home, and this stood out most of all. This images shows in it's rawest possible way the survival of the fittest.
For some reason the theme "survival" has been coming up in many of my conversations with my clients. A number of them continue to struggle in this ever changing world of not knowing; and their system is triggered on a daily basis. So this week I have been talking a lot about our ancient brain (or brian - how my fingers keep on typing it :) -but who is brian?! - bad joke?!-ok back to survival). So I have been telling and re-telling the story of how the brain is key to our survival from ancient times. It is the brain telling the body to move when in threat mode. It is the brain that triggers that system that makes us mobalise through our emotions. The job of the brain is to make the body survive at all costs, and for some the costs are great, and for some they take in substances in the hope that they can quiet the brain to make it stop feeling and thinking, when it is the very feeling and thinking that has kept our species alive. Humans have 3 basic needs - food, sleep and procreation. Food gives us what we need to live, sleeps regenerates the brain; and procreation helps our genes survive in the genome. So if you want to contradict me that we are programed to survive, feel free to contradict me, the reality however is if we don't eat we starve, if we don't sleep we go nuts, and well how many of you readers are benedictine monks?!
So this week I have been giving this example - in ancient times when we were still cave dwellers, and our clan was sitting around the campfire (don't ask me how we got the fire ok- do your research), but anywhooo, here we are chillin' around the fire and all of a sudden something is making the leaves move on the bush - do we a) go investigate see what it is, or do we b)leg it/run away and live to tell the tale or c) fight it? Which group of cave dwellers do you think survived? (I leave it to your discretion to chose). I can defo tell you that those who investigated, may or may not have relatives alive today to talk to you about it.
And yet, we are not ancient humans anymore, so then why does our brain freak out if we have the wrong trainers, or can't face the world if we have a stain on our white jacket? Why is it that our modern brain telling us, we are less then...if we do not eat in a certain restaurant, or have a certain car, or a specific mobile phone?! What is it about this modern world that triggers our survival mechanism, so that it vibrates in a state of permanent threat? I guess these questions are more of a "what triggers your system! kind of questions.
Today indeed I had to converse with a client about her white puffer jacket and how she would feel like the world is coming to an end if she ended up with a stain on her jacket, she would not be able to focus on anything else other than the stain, and that she would have to immediately wash it or she could not function. For her this stain equated to a survival situation. So I gave her the example, if we were again sitting around a fire in our fur (ok time to chill out - fur was the clothing of the day in ancient times) and a clan memeber turned up with their fur stained with blood (again chill out- blood was a common occurence back then), would the clan members tell him to go wash that off, or would they have congratulated him for the hunt and looked forward for a good protein meal (again chill out, back then protein from animals was prizeworthy). My client said that no doubt back then the person with blood stains, may have meant they managed to kill an animal (need I tell you what your brain needs to do?!) mean that the clan will have food for a while. Having meat meant that as a result their brain could evolve to a higher functionning brain and thus birth you, modern human.
So then, what made my client freak out in her head so much about a mere stain on her jacket?
Is survival worth it?
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