"The extraordinary intelligence of the biological organism is all that is necessary for good living, but we are all the time interfering with its natural operation through the medium of thought...When the movement in the direction of becoming something other than what you are isn't there any more, you are not in conflict with yourself." --UG Krishnamurti
The way my brain thinks of myself is as a static entity, like a statue, that is constantly hacked to make it better and address problems. My knowledge of paleo keeps increasing, and my brain is overjoyed at the constant influx of thoughts. Is this unhealthy?
We humans build our self-images through terabytes of daily self-centered thinking, and are often inexorably wedded to our own opinions. We spend the vast majority of our time thinking about moments other than the one we are in, and are an overstressed bunch of hominids. Note that one of the primary reasons that answers are downvoted on paleohacks is because the answer doesn't agree with the voter's views (as opposed to saying something mean or stupid).
EXAMPLE #1 I read a paleo blog the other day that sort of blew my mind. The author, who was obese, explained why they don't count calories. Great, right? That's one of the perks of being paleo. But wait! The blogger said that they have to make sure to get ENOUGH calories (like around 2000 kcal) every day to avoid nutrient deficiencies that might be implicated in keeping her obese. And this person knows a fair bit of biochem. Somewhere along the way, knowledge solidified into an unbreakable mass, and this person's weight has not budged for months. Ask a Kitavan, Inuit, Massai, whatever how to lose weight if you are obese. The answer, I'm guessing, is going to involve eating much less food.
EXAMPLE #2 Who loves their job? Well, a bunch of you from what I've seen. But among my friends, there are several who hate their jobs. You might say that this is a bad time to leave a stable job, right? But wait! At least two of these friends made a ton of money in the financial sector, and could absolutely afford to take a year or two off, with a posh lifestyle. Why don't they leave? Lots of reasons, but are all those reasons in the mind, and not in tangible reality?
EXAMPLE #3 This one is from paleohacks. Now don't get me wrong, I love you paleohacks (but I'm not IN LOVE with you!). Occasionally there's a question like "I found out my sweet potato was sauteed in canola oil. Am I going to die?" As well as interesting observations like "When I eat a bit of cheese, I gain five pounds overnight". And the ever popular "This is what I define the paleo diet as. Your definition is wrong!" These questions all seem related to overthinking and self-verification bias.
So here's the questions.
- Do you ever attempt to think less (meditation, living mindfully, not multitasking, slowing down, etc)?
- Do you ever find yourself overhacking, getting into the "paralysis by analysis" conundrum? (I do)
- How do you weigh perfection of your body/diet versus just living and chilling out? Animals are and cavemen were most likely less plagued by cluttered thoughts.
- Are you at all concerned about the stress from overhacking? Meaning, reading tons of paleo blogs, worrying about reaching goals, and just being at the computer more than doing other things?
- How often do you hug? Cry? Laugh uncontrollably? Hunt? Gather? Dance? Make music? Paint? Tend your garden? These are things I don't do much of, and want to do more of.