This article was written in response to the following question:
Which herbs or flower essences can I use to have an endorphin release?
Endorphins are substances that make us feel pleasure or security in our bodies.
If for any reason we find ourselves unable to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, it
means our ability to manage endorphins or 'pleasure hormones' is depleted.
There are herbs and flowers that cause endorphin release in the body, but these are
different for different people. Those flowers and herbs classified as aphrodisiacs
usually cause endorphin release. You need to find out which flowers and herbs work for
you and find them in fresh, herbal extract or flower essence form. Any processed
form could be too strong, imbalanced, tampered with (addition of preservatives and
chemical stimulators), have side effects and might be illegal.
Whatever you do, focus first on rehabilitating your own body's pleasure enjoyment
capabilities. Unless you do this, you will quickly stop responding to external help and
go from one method to another, tiring out your body and bombarding your mind
and energy field with strong extreme experiences that have no support in daily life.
Sadness grows in us when we are so treated and some people spend their whole lives
wondering why they are so sad deep within. Its because they feel the ill treatment
they have subjected themselves to without being aware of it. You don't need to be
helpless in this situation. You can rehabilitate your pleasure enjoyment ability.
5 effective ways to rehabilitate our ability to Enjoy Pleasure by balancing our Endorphin Release mechanisms are:
1) Emotional Awareness - so that we find out why our body-soul connection is
blocked. No matter what else we do, if we do not find and face buried emotions, we
cannot really heal.
2) Stability in Sleep-Waking- schedule and Diet - because as long as our body doesn't
feel secure it cannot get out of 'war-mode' and start feeling pleasure naturally. (Note: A one-time or occasional shake out of schedule is just as good to repair the pleasure mechanisms in the body - like a camping trip or a long nature walk; but every day stability is what really repairs and keeps the body's mechanisms healthy in the long run. Without this basic stability, the body just keeps being defensive and tense.)
3) Drinking enough water - because the area of our Brain - the Hypothalamus which is
also an endocrine gland that responds to stimulation, panics when there is less water
in the body (it also regulates water) and suspends most other functions till we get the
required water. If we are well hydrated, the Hypothalamus is placated and starts
doing the rest of its work calmly.
4) Withdrawal and Silence - for at least a short while every day or a retreat for a few
days. This is not so much about not speaking to people or interacting with the world.
Its about lessening the load our sense organs have, and allowing them to relax. This
is important because our sense of pleasure requires that our senses stay fresh and
awake enough to carry messages to the Brain. If they aren't carrying messages to the
Brain clearly, the Brain cannot give the endorphin release commands.
After the rest, we need to give full attention to what we are eating, what we are
seeing, what we are hearing. When we pay attention to little things, like the color of
the bed sheets, or the sound of the birds on the window sill, or even the 'sound of
silence', this focussing will send energy to our sense organs and through them to the
Brain, slowly awakening our pleasure enjoyment abilities.
5) Start respecting the body, mind and heart equally. When we give one area of
ourselves more importance over the others - like respecting our mental ideas more
than our heart's emotions or vice versa, we start suppressing some parts of us and
over working or tiring other parts of ourselves. This breaks down the network of
pain-pleasure connections in the system and the number of things we enjoy starts
lessening, till all we can get pleasure from is just one or two things.
When we start respecting and giving importance to all of our faculties, they all begin
to work together making life so much more easy to live. The noise generated by our
internal battles slowly fades away allowing us to notice and appreciate the little
things more and more.