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Yahoo! Shine: Alligators, porn, and pythons: What do they have in common? By David Romanelli

It was the strangest picture I’d seen. A 13 foot Burmese python won a fight with a 6 foot alligator. As an abandoned pet in a non-native habitat, the python didn’t realize its limitations and attempted to swallow something it literally couldn’t stomach. In the process, the python was split open attempting to digest the alligator. We all struggle with it at times, tricked by overwhelming stimuli to grasp or crave something that doesn’t serve us. It’s called supernormal stimuli* and is seen commonly in nature. Other examples include:

–a mother hen will lay approximately 30,000 eggs in a lifetime. The mother will never see a single egg hatch but she’ll keep laying eggs time and time again. Does she wonder if something is a little strange?

—male barn swallows have light brown chests and females choose the ones with the most intense color as an indication of fitness. A scientist with a 5.99 felt tip marker can darken the chest of a previously scorned male, and suddenly females will line up to mate with him.

Human beings also fall for these “supernormal stimuli” doing things over and over again without stopping to wonder if there’s any good reason. Following are 3 examples of unhealthy patterns that effect human beings:

1.    Negative Thinking
Do you feel at times like the mother hen?  So much hard work with little or no result? The yogis would tell you take the time to slow down and take inventory of your thoughts. As stated in the book The Law of Attraction, “You did not come into this environment to create through action. Instead your action is a way to enjoy what you have created through thought. If you do not take the time to line up your thoughts, there’s no amount of action in the world to compensate for that misalignment.”

2.    Grasping and Craving
Like the python, we tend to desire things that we literally can’t stomach like the fancy jewels or the house that is beyond our budget.  Consider that happiness comes not from the things we desire but from the space we create in our minds and hearts.  Mary Webb said, “The well of providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring that are small.”  Instead of the far-flung desires, sometimes the simple pleasures like this homemade vegan truffle (which is a virtual Grateful Dead concert in your mouth) are all you need to clear your worries and open your heart.

3.    Porn
It’s very normal to get bored with your relationship and replace it with a porno video thinking that will satisfy our loins. The porn industry generates between 10 and 15 billion per year in the United States.**  40 million Americans visit porn web sites on a monthly bases of which 72% are men and 28% women.*** Before you reach for the dirty porn, consider that recent scientific studies show that novelty sparks attraction-inducing dopamine in the brain.**** Often our physical attraction sputters and fails not because we grow tired of one’s same ol’ lack of foreplay or odd kissing techniques. Rather, we forget to have fun; to carve out time free from responsibility; to try a new restaurant, a different hike, or a refreshing morning sleeping late (really late). 

   Anais Nin said, “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source…”

by David Romanelli (www.yeahdave.com)

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Posted on: June 8, 2010