Mitochondria are ancient bacteria, there are more of them than cells in your body. They are so essential to your functioning, that if they all would stop working for 6 seconds, you would die. Mitochondria generate most of the cell’s supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), used as a source of chemical energy. A mitochondrion was thus termed the powerhouseof the cell.
These little bacteria affect your body way more than you think! They are autonomous in terms of their goals as a bacteria, and part of who you are. I know, it might sound crazy that minuscule bacteria play such a big role.. But read this.
They are focused on:
- Run away or hide from scary things (cause of shame, procrastination);
- Prevent starvation;
- Ensure reproduction.
There are quite some strong similarities between the things that mitochondria focus on, and the instinctive things inherent to who we are as a species. Something that is so abundant in your own body, and shows similarities this strong with our instincts, is something to be aware of. Whether it is factually true, I don’t really know yet.
I find it very plausible, and will happily integrate it in my value judgements of my own actions and reflections.
Dave Asprey goes into mitochondria more.